22 October 2010
ESI at conference in Tirana - 20 years after: Rethinking Democracy and State in Albania
Gerald Knaus and Adrian Civici (Bank of Albania). Photo: Albanian Media Institute
Gerald Knaus and Adrian Civici (Bank of Albania). Photo: Albanian Media Institute

ESI's Gerald Knaus participated in a conference on "Twenty Years After: Rethinking Democracy and State in Albania" where he chaired a session entitled "Social and Economic Transformation".

The conference explored questions such as whether weak institutions, eroding legitimacy of political institutions, distrust of political parties, corruption and sustained political tensions be considered temporary distortions of the transition towards democracy or consolidating features of the system and Albanian political landscape. The conference also debated the role of the international community which has played an important role in Albania's democratic processes and transformations.

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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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