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Ramadan (Dani) Ilazi

Dan Ilazi is a PhD candidate at the Dublin City University researching everyday practices of statebuilding of the European Union (EU). Previously, Dani was a deputy minister for European integration in the Government of Kosovo from 2015 until 2016 and before that he was a project manager for the Capacity Development Facility (CDF) a UNDP-Kosovo and Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS) project funded by the Norwegian Government. He graduated from the University of St. Andrews/Scotland.


2011-2012: University of St. Andrews, School of International Relations

Master of Letters in Peace and Conflict Studies (funded by the FCO-Chevening Scholarship)

Thesis title: How does political Islam influences societal peace in Kosovo?

2008-2010: Universum College, Department of Public Administration and International Relations

Bachelor in Public Administration and International Relations

Supervisor(s):  Prof. John Doyle and Dr Gëzim Visoka 

Thesis Title: Everyday Statebuilding Approaches of the European Union in Fragile Context: The Case of Kosovo

Thesis Abstract: The European Union (EU) is actively engaged in statebuilding processes in the countries of the Western Balkans in the framework of the Enlargement Policy. The EU’s approach is framed within the Stabilization and Association Agreements (SAA) that are basically contracts that contain all the necessary economic, political and other country specific conditions that must be fulfilled in order to join the EU. The EU takes an active role in supporting the respective country in fulfilling these conditions, and in the context of this interaction the EU becomes an active state-builder. There is a growing body of research that continues to examine this approach or model of statebuilding of the European Union in the Western Balkans (EU), highly focused on the successes and failures of the approach. This thesis focuses on the everyday practices of the EU in statebuilding process, outside the traditional diplomacy and scripted discourses of public appearances, in an attempt to better understand how the EU and its institutional and policy conglomerate coordinates and exercises influence in pushing decisions and reforms in fragile context in order to build institutions and policies that are in line with EU’s normative framework and build resilience in order to pre-empt any threats before and after membership.

Areas of Interest: Statebuilding, Everyday Practices, Enlargement Policy of the EU, Public Administration, Rule of Law, Civil Society, Reconciliation 


February – April 2017: Teaching assistant for Dr Michael Breen, International Political Economy


Ilazi, R. (2017). Building Liberal Peace: Pedagogical Summary of Academic Debates and Literature on Peacebuilding. Prishtinë, Kosovë: UBT – Higher Education Institution

Ilazi, R. (2017). Populism in Europe: Challenges for the Western Balkans, presented at the Aspen Institute Germany conference: Responding to Populism, Nationalism, and Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans and Beyond, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Aspen Institute Germany. URL:  

Ilazi, R. (2009). Kosovo Debate on European Issues: Fighting Corruption: How to make the Anti-corruption Agency More Effective? Prishtinë, Kosovë: KCSF. URL:  


- Conference (2017) “Responding to Populism, Nationalism, and Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans and Beyond” in Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina organized by Aspen Institute Germany.

- Conference (2017) “6th Annual International Conference on Business, Technology and Innovation” in Durrës/Albania  organized by UBT – Higher Education Institution

Summer school(s):

2008 - Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute in Krakow/Poland organized by New School (New York). Courses: Political Culture and Cosmopolitanism and its Discontent 

2008 – Summer University for Democracy, Strasbourg/France, organized by Council of Europe (CoE)

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Twitter: @Danlazi