Besa Shahini Besa Shahini (Canada/Kosovo) is a Senior Analyst with ESI, currently based in Pristina. Besa's work has mainly focused on the Europeanisation of the Western Balkans. Among other topics, she has researched Albania's democratic transformation through elections, Croatia's EU accession process and the visa liberalisation process for the Western Balkans. Between 2008 and 2010, Besa managed ESI's research and capacity building projects in Georgia. Prior to joining ESI, Besa was the co-founder and director of the Kosovar Stability Initiative (IKS), a Kosovo-based think tank focusing on governance and socio-economic development issues in Kosovo. In addition to her involvement with ESI, Besa occasionally guest-lectures at universities and writes a regular column for the Albanian-language online newspaper Besa holds a BA in Political Sciences from York University in Toronto, Canada, and a MPP from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website