Interview with Gazeta Dita (Albania) on the publication of From Stalin to Mao
“If someone asks how large our population is,” Albanian Communist authorities were fond of declaring in the 1960s, “we say that it is 701 million.” Albania, which marked this week 105 years since the declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire, was in fact a lot tinier than China’s hundreds of millions. And a great deal more insecure.
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A blog of the History and Public Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Today, as four decades ago, an enormously important decision has also produced backlash, and a sense, among many people in Britain, that the campaign to leave the E.U. was based on exaggerations and false pretenses.
Post for the Roosevelt House Faculty Associates’ forum on the Brexit vote.
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The concept of a “fake,” and the shadow of legal precedent over who counts as a “real” refugee, has long been part of the European legacy of handling displaced persons. So when we actually take the long view, some connections emerge.
Comment for the "Europe in Crisis" blog. Read the full text here.
In 2004, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia declared that Serb forces had committed genocide in Srebrenica. But on Wednesday, July 8, Russia vetoed a British draft resolution that called for recognizing genocide as “a prerequisite for reconciliation.” Serbia vehemently rejects calling the atrocities “genocide.” Along with Bosnian Serb leaders, Belgrade lobbied Moscow to block the resolution.
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The Albanian capital: vanishing Ottoman traces, Fascism, Communism, post-Communist chaos, density, political warfare, star architects, showy competitions, struggle, survival.
Op-ed [Albanian] in Shqip.
The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade between Albania and Serbia was cut short earlier this month. Initial scuffles between players ended with a field invasion by angry Serb fans and hard objects flying across the stands. A drone flew above the stadium, carrying a flag with “Greater Albania” emblazoned on it.
The timing could not have been more awkward: The Albanian prime minister Edi Rama was scheduled to visit Belgrade the following week in the first official trip since Albanian Communist party chief Enver Hoxha paid a visit to Josip Broz Tito back in 1946. In light of the incident, the visit has been postponed to Nov. 10. Diplomatic relations between the two countries remain tense.
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