Odeta Barbullushi

Odeta Barbullushi

Odeta Barbullushi is Lecturer of International Relations and Political Science, and the Vice-Rector for Research and Methodology at the European University of Tirana. She received her PhD from the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Her research interests include state formation and nationalism in Southeastern Europe; the role of the EU and other external actors in the Western Balkans; critical security studies; and domestic sources of foreign policy. 

Without a clear plan towards transitional justice, the current lustration initiatives in post-communist Albania could be too little, too late

On November 29th, Albania celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and its liberation from the Nazi forces. The coalition government, made-up of the Albanian Socialist Party (PS) and the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI), took the lead in a series of commemorative events during the weeks and months preceding the anniversary. The high point of this campaign was the public opening of one of the most secretive anti-nuclear bunkers in Shtish-Tufina, a village 1.5 km away from the center of the capital, Tirana. The Albanian PM, Edi Rama, announced a radical break with...