Greater Kosovo or Greater Albania

Wednesday, 19 June 2013, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, IWM library
Despite the pre-conditions for seeking real or even virtual border change in the Balkans, the Albanians largely avoided these potentially dangerous projects. This makes the Albanians unique. Why is this the case? Can we be sure that given the problems of the region (painfully slow transition in Albania, flawed statehood in Kosovo and the Albanians sidelined in Macedonia) that notions of Greater Albania or even Greater Kosovo are still off the table? The paper intends to examine the legacy of separate national awakenings and experiences, Albanian communists and the Kosovo question, the impact of the post-communist transition, and the slow emergence of parties seeking national unification. Given that the search for greater this or that has created so much instability in the past, what polices are necessary to ensure that the Albanians will secure their goals through European integration.

Robert Austin.Robert Austin, Project Coordinator and Lecturer, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, MUNK School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

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