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Edi Rama

The PR Man: Savvy New Leader Aims to Tackle Albania's Image Problem

Andi Balla | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Andi Balla

For Albania's newly-elected prime minister, Edi Rama, much of the fame outside this small Southeast European country has come from his painting. He is now set to work again on the country's image, which still needs a makeover to recover from its, mostly unfair, association with backwardness and crime.

Combating Corruption in Albania: Superman, Where Are You?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Fron Nahzi

Albania needs committed, law-abiding public servants and funding for government services that improve the livelihood of citizens. Unfortunately, this can only be achieved if Rama can free Albania from the grip of organized crime. This is possible with help from friends.

In Albania, It's the Institutions

Fred Abrahams | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Fred Abrahams

In Albania, it's not a lack of democratic spirit or knowledge that prevents the construction of independent institutions. It is the prevailing economic powers' lack of interest in having them be truly independent.

Albanian Elections: Promises of Change, Really?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Fron Nahzi

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Campaign. Much like the 1963 epic American comedy, the runoff to Albania's June 23 national elections has brought together a c...

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in Albania: Is It Working?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

Maybe Albania has reached its maximum foreign democratic development aid potential, if such a thing exists. And maybe foreign aid is no longer an award for progress but a "carrot" to prevent the country and its leaders from regressing.

Democracy: Pass It On

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Driving home from Palm Springs last weekend I was struck by a series of billboards with slogans like, "As a student, he was no Einstein. Confidence. Pass It On."