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[02 November 2018] National Conference: Violent extremism in Albania: A national assessment of drivers, forms and threats


Violent extremism in Albania: A national assessment of drivers, forms and threats  

02 November 2018, Hotel Tirana International (Consortium Room)

The Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) will organise the Conference “Violent extremism in Albania” (2 November 2018). The event will launch findings of the study on forms, drivers and threats stemming from violent extremism. The study was prepared by IDM through a comprehensive one-year research (October 2017 – September 2018) on the phenomenon of violent extremism, Albanians’ resilience against extremist ideologies, as well as their attitude and experience with pull / push factors. The study is part of the project “Enhancing CVE capacities in Albania” financially supported by the Public Affairs Office at the US Embassy in Tirana.

The purpose of the conference and IDM study is to inform decision-makers and policy processes, institutional measures of state actors, and actions by non-state players (civil society, religious communities, media etc.) in the prevention of violent extremism, based on the national Strategy on the fight against violent extremism (adopted in November 2015). Additionally, this conference will serve also as an experience sharing forum among C/PVE players in Albania and international partners supporting Albanian stakeholders’ efforts in this regard.

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11:45         Registration of participants
12:00 – 12:20        Welcome and introductory notes

Welcome by Agron Sojati – National Coordinator and Director of Coordination Center for Countering Violent Extremism

  • Deputy PM Senida Mesi, Government of Albania
  • Lindita Nikolla, Minister of education, youth and sports
  • Chargé d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones, US Embassy in Tirana
12:20 – 13:15    Violent extremism in Albania – Challenges and threats: Is there a need for a new PVE paradigm?

Gjergji Vurmo, IDM Program Director & lead author of the study “Violent extremism in Albania: What are the drivers, forms and risks threatening Albania?”*

Key comments:

  • Romina Kuko, Deputy Minister of Interior
  • Klejda Ngjela, Coordination Center against violent extremism
  • Fabian Zhilla, Security expert
  • Aleksandra Bogdani, BIRN
13:15 – 13:45   Q & A from the audience
13:45        Conclusions by Enis Sulstarova, IDM Advisory Board & Co-author