A Conversation with Foreign Minister of Albania Ditmir Bushati

On February 26, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings will host Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati for an address and discussion on Albania’s outlook during the current period of considerable turmoil in Europe. At the event, Mr. Bushati will explore challenges and opportunities for Albania, Europe, and the Transatlantic partnership. He will assess Albania’s progress toward European Union integration and provide an overview of the political, economic, and security situation in the Western Balkans.

Ditmir Bushati was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania in September 2013. Before assuming the position, he served as a member of the Albanian National Assembly and chaired the Parliamentary Committee for European Union Integration (2011-2013). Since 2011, he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Socialist Party of Albania. Before becoming involved in politics, Foreign Minister Bushati was a civil society leader and a founding Director of the European Movement in Albania, among other positions. He has published a series of research papers and articles on the EU enlargement process, international public law, and European law.

Brookings Senior Fellow Fiona Hill will provide introductory remarks and moderate a question and answer session following Foreign Minister Bushati’s remarks. The Foreign Minister’s remarks will be recorded. To allow for a more candid consideration of the issues, the question and answer session will be off-the-record.

Introduction and Moderator
Fiona Hill
Senior Fellow and Director, Center on the United States and Europe
The Brookings Institution

Featured Speaker
Ditmir Bushati
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania

This event is by invitation only. For more information, please call the Brookings Center on the U.S. and Europe at 202.797.6227.