The Heinrich Böll Foundation, Tirana office, is pleased to present “Understanding the Foreign Policy Behavior of the Balkans from a Small States Perspective”, a European academic workshop that will initiate a comprehensive discussion regarding the challenges and development opportunities in the Western Balkan small states.

The goal of this workshop is not to superficially address the political tensions in the Balkans but to create an intellectually stimulating space and encourage academics and experts to take a deeper look at the foreign policy dynamics of small states. This event, the first of its kind organised by our office, is designed to support networking among the leading scholars of small states research across Europe and Albanian researchers and create a framework for future and research cooperation on the European level.

During this workshop, there will be two main thematic focuses, namely the Small States and their Foreign Policy, and then the focus will shift towards the individual cases from the Western Balkan states. All invited guests at this event are academics and researchers whose projects and fields of expertise relate to the small state foreign policy topic and the European Union/ Western Balkan politics.

We believe in the power of research to help build more informed and democratic societies which is why we hope the recommendations proposed and discussed at this event will reach some of the key actors in the Albanian and Western Balkans political sphere.



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