In late 2022, the UK government made a pointed remark that many of the illegal migrants attempting to get into the country were from Albania. In response, Albania prime minister Edi Rama replied that targeting Albanians as the cause of Britain’s crime and border problems ‘makes for easy rhetoric but ignores hard fact’.
This nuanced response demonstrated the challenges and complexities that Albania faces, the same as many other countries. As well as being embroiled in the major challenge of international migration, Albania has suffered from a serious cyber-attack in July 2022 from Iran. Government networks were compromised for a month with Tirana removing the Iranian embassy in the capital.
Then there is the ongoing threat from Russia and China. Nestled in the already volatile Balkans, Albania has been at the heart of international affairs in recent months.
Prime Minister Rama speaks at Chatham House to discuss:
How is Albania responding to Russian aggression and what is its stance on Ukraine?
Where does Tirana believe China poses the most serious threat?
How can countries in Europe best respond to illegal migration and better control the flow of people?
How is the region of the Western Balkans effected by the war in Ukraine and how can it contribute to the security challenges posed by the war?
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.