DCU President Daire Keogh welcomes Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, to Dublin City University.

DCU research centre welcomes Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti

DCU Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction host significant event on Kurti's first official visit to Ireland.

Dublin City University President Prof Dáire Keogh welcomed Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti and accompanying dignitaries to DCU's Glasnevin campus on Friday 1st March. Also present to greet Kurti were researchers from DCU's Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction. 

The group also included Rudinë Jakupi, a PhD student in the DCU School of Law and Government, and Ardit Hoxha, a DCU Bachelor of Civil Law graduate and member of the DCU Alumni community, along with advisor to the Prime Minister, Lulezon Jagxhiu, and Deputy Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Edona Maloku Berdyna. 

Vice President for Research Prof John Doyle, centre Co-Directors Dr Sarah Leonard and Dr Walt Kilroy, and Associate Dean for Research Dr Gëzim Visoka greeted the group of dignitaries and gave a brief presentation. They covered centre's area of expertise, as well as the regions its' research output covers.

One section of the presentation also presented the Northern Irish peace process as a case study in conflict resolution, presenting lessons applicable for peacemaking in Kosovo and the Western Balkans. Prof Doyle outlined why the enduring ceasefire was possible after intense conflict, and why the events are known as a process rather than a settlement.

In addition the group discussed the situation 25 years after the Good Friday Agreement and the impact of unexpected political events such as the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.

In collaboration with Dr Edward Newman from the University of Leeds, Dr Gëzim Visoka has recently published an analysis charting NATO's transition from military intervention to peacekeeping operation in Kosovo.

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