Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lecture at Oakland University marks Kosova's 3rd Anniversary of Independence

February 10, 2011, Rochester, Michigan -- The Albanian-American Student Organization (AASO) is pleased to host a lecture by political scientists, Viktor Ivezaj and Paul Kubicek commemorating Kosova’s 3rd Independence Anniversary on Thursday, February 17, 2011, between 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge at Oakland University’s Student Center.  Ivezaj and Kubicek will highlight Kosova's road to independence and speak on the consequences of secession, its impact on international law and its place with the European community.

Viktor Ivezaj is a Ph.D. student at Wayne State University where he specializes in Balkan politics, minority rights, nationalism, and ethnic conflict. His dissertation will focus on the shifting Albanian Identity in post-conflict Yugoslavia. Ivezaj recently served as a Special Lecturer in OU’s Department of Political Science where he taught courses in World Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy. Ivezaj currently works as a Consultant for the Albanian-American Association, including several other NGOs dealing with minority rights issues in Kosova, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Serbia. Last summer Ivezaj led a delegation to the U.S. State Department where he presented a feasibility study on the status of Albanians in Montenegro.

Paul Kubicek, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Oakland University where he teaches courses in Comparative Politics, Russian Politics, European Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, Politics through Literature and several courses in the Honors College. Dr. Kubicek formerly served as a faculty member at Koc University in Istanbul, where he taught International Relations and Comparative Politics. His research interests include Turkish politics, Central Asian politics and the European Union. He is currently working on a paper on Israeli identity as portrayed in film and television.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
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Anonymous said...

Perfect! Looking forward

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Kosova! Three years and stronger than ever. Now time to celebrate with Albanians at OU.

Anonymous said...

Make sure you all wear your Albanian red and black.

Anonymous said...

"We, the democratically elected leaders of our people, hereby declare Kosovo to be an independent and sovereign state. This declaration reflects the will of our people and it is in full accordance with the recommendations of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and his Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement. We declare Kosovo to be a democratic, secular and multi-ethnic republic, guided by the principles of non-discrimination and equal protection under the law."

Anonymous said...

The declaration of independence was made by members of the Kosovo Assembly meeting in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, on 17 February 2008. It was approved by a unanimous quorum, numbering 109 members. Eleven deputies representing Serbian national minority boycotted the proceedings. All 9 other ethnic minority representatives were part of the quorum.

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Gezuar Gezuar

Anonymous said...

Great speeches, but Kubicek could have avoided such a sour ending ... it's a day for Albanians you know!

Anonymous said...

Clinton congratulates Kosovo on 3rd anniversary of independence

February 17, 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement to congratulate Kosovo on the third anniversary of independence, the State Department said in a press statement.

“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Kosovo on your third anniversary of independence this February 17. In my visit to Kosovo last October I was impressed with the promise of such a young country. The dynamic, engaged youth who represent so much of Kosovo’s future are working with civil society to build up democratic institutions, expand economic opportunities, and promote the rule of law,” Secretary Clinton stated.

“Today is a fitting occasion for Kosovo’s elected leaders to reinforce their commitment to good governance and transparency - both essential to fulfill Euro-Atlantic integration. This is necessary to the lasting stability and prosperity for Kosovo. As I said during my visit, the United States is committed to your future and we are honored to be your friends and your partners. You are charting a new future for your country and for the region. As you celebrate your third year of independence, know that the United States stands with you as we work toward a more secure and peaceful Kosovo.”

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