• For more than two decades, Albania is building its own (civilian and military) capacities for the core state functions. Since 1996, it has contributed with military troops abroad, but there is no such contribution with civilian capacities so far. Capacity building (either military or civilian) in Albania looks better regulated vis-à-vis NATO, while concerning EU and UN there is no progress.

  • Through this publication the Institute for Democracy and Mediation and the research team seek to provide the policy makers, security sector practitioners, journalists, the academia and other interested stakeholder with a fresh outlook on some of the main issues of concern to the security sector reform and governance in Albania

  • The paper makes an assessment of the legal and institutional framework and the practice on preventing the conflict of interests in the Albanian State Police and examines how this legislation is being implemented in practice. The analysis is based on a review of the legislation and other regulatory framework regulating the area of prevention of conflict data and reports on cases of conflict of interest of interests overall and inside ASP.  It is structured in three main sections. The first section analyses the legislative framework on prevention and fighting of conflict of interest with specific reference to the general framework regulating this area and specifically in the police organization. The second part analyzes the institutional settings in Albania in the sphere of conflict prevention as well as the practice and findings in this field. The last section provides conclusions and recommendations for addressing the main issues.

    This paper is written by Arjan Dyrmishi and Elira Hroni.

  • The Institute for Democracy and Mediation organized a roundtable discussion on “Albanian Public Opinion Perceptions: Human, National and Regional Security Trends” at Rogner Hotel on December 13, 2013. This event is part of the 3-year project on Security Research Forum Belgrade-Prishtina-Tirana between three partner organizations, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS), and the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM). In September 2013, the three organizations conducted, in their respective countries, a public opinion survey on Serbian-Albanian relations in the context of personal safety, national security and security integration. To access the presentation please click here or the download button below.

  • This paper assesses the Albanian legal framework, social environment attitudes and practice of whistleblowing instrument within Albanian public institutions. The main instruments of this research include an analysis of the existing laws and regulations concerning whistleblowing in Albania, several international assessments on legislation and practicing of such actions within the Albanian context, media sources, and social studies that asses institutional performance and public perceptions on corruption and anticorruption legislation in Albania.
  • The process of transforming “civil society involvement in decision making and EU accession” into a meaningful mechanism that serves to improve capacities of societal actors and citizen driven reforms does not seem yet to reflect on “past mistakes”. Efforts must look deeper in the local context and move beyond sporadic actions and emergency solutions that fail to deliver on sustainability.
  •  Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) published the results of the study : Crime Trends in Albania 2012. The analysis of crime trends in Albania is referred to the official data obtained by the State Police and in the same time is following the same methedology and focus as the previous study in the field Foretold Insecurity - Crime Trends in Albania 2008-2011.  The results from the recent study conducted during this year are compared with the results with an extensive database of 2008-2012, based on the categorization used by State Police for registered criminal offenses.

  • The smooth handover of power, in combination with Albania’s recent strides to meet EU conditions, should help to reboot and upgrade the country’s relationship with the Union. To meet its end of the bargain, Brussels should now reciprocate by dovetailing the expected reward of ‘candidate status’ by the end of the year with a better calibrated conditionality for Albania...

  • A National Conference entitled “Improving parliamentary activity on EU accession” was scheduled by the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) to take place on 21st of December 2012, aiming to engage national decision-makers, Parliamentary and Governmental actors, civic and other stakeholders in a consultative process to discuss and reach consensus over possible legal and institutional alternatives to improve legislative’s role under the EU accession. This initiative, bringing regional experiences on lessons learnt and expertise from EU member states, was designed in the context of an IDM advocacy effort, offering alternatives and urging Albanian Parliament to move boldly towards improved performance in the context of EU accession and help its standing Parliamentary Committee on European integration (PCEI) to acquire the profile of a resourceful, influential and experienced parliamentary chain which is able to deliver on expectations for quality and broad consent over EU accession reforms.

  • The Policy Brief perpared by Corina Stratulat - Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre and Gjergji Vurmo - Head of the Centre for European & Security Affairs at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania, presents an brief analysis on the European perspectives of Albania integration processeses.