Zef Mazi - Albanian Ambassador - Albania's European Identity & Religious Harmony
Tuesday, 26th May 2009 at 9pm - 11pm
Location:Goodman Library, Oxford Union
This event is in the past.
The Republic of Albania holds a unique position in Europe, being one of the few countries with an Islamic majority within the population, and sharing borders with Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia.
After years of corrupt or inefficient rule, Albania has undergone a revival in recent years. She joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, the country is still one of the poorest in Europe, hampered by a large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure.
Speaker profile: His Excellency Mr Zef Mazi has been Ambassador to the UK and the Republic of Ireland since September 2007, and he has a wealth of experience in international affairs. With four working languages and an unsuccessful campaign for the Albanian presidency in 2002 under his belt, he is undoubtedly aware of the tensions and issues facing Europe and Albania in these tense times.
Part of our focus on Islam in Europe this term, this speaker cannot be missed, not least due to his hard-to-rival experience in world affairs.
Education - Lecture
Free for members of OUEAS and Oxford Union, £2 for non-members
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added on Friday, 15th May 2009 by David Wood