Albulena Halili

Research Associate at MVDSI / Assistant Professor – International Security 

About Me

Albulena Halili is a Research Associate at Max van der Stoel Institute (MVDSI) and member of the Social Sciences Research Group (SSG). She is a double alumna of South East European University (BSc and MSc).

Albulena became part of the SEEU staff in 2007, firstly as a coordinator at the Human Rights Center and then at the International Relations and Research Office. She has been part of the MVDSI since its establishment in 2012, while she was also working at the SEEU Research Office.

During 2014-2019 she served as Acting Head of the Research Office, which is the centralized University resource for research opportunities, publication assistance, and the promotion of systematic scholarly inquiry. She has served as one of the main experts for the creation of guidelines that support the academic staff to avoid publishing in fake scientific journals and attending predatory conferences. As part of the Research Office, she has been among the leading members of the institutional team in completing HRS4R application in order to receive ‘HR Excellence in research’ award by European Commission, which is held by SEEU since July 2015. During the same period, she was the Managing Editor of SEEU Review, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online scientific journal published by South East European University in the international academic publisher De Gruyter.

Since 2019 she leads the Media Literacy & Disinformation Research Cluster which functions at Max van der Stoel Institute.

Her research interest is focused in international relations, more specifically transatlantic relations, security studies, hybrid warfare, disinformation war and geopolitics of the Balkans etc.

She is author of ‘Rendi i Versajës: Bërja e një bote të brishtë (The order of Versailles: the Making of a Fragile World)’ (2020), while also being active in the online and written media through her articles, interviews and opinions about geopolitical developments in the region. She is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of the network PanAlbanica.


PhD in International Relations, University of Tirana (2022),
Thesis: “Transatlantic Relations in the Framework of Globalism”

MSc in Diplomacy, South East European University (2010),
Thesis: “The System of Versailles – An Unsustainable International Order”

BSc in LawSouth East European University (2006),


    • November 2022: I have just been promoted to the Research Associate research title
    • June 2022: The article “Media Literacy Education at the University Level: A Case study of the South East European University (SEEU)” written by Demush Bajrami, Albulena Halili, Edlira Palloshi-Disha, Shemsedin Ibrahimi is published in the first issue of KAIROS: Media and Communication Review
    • February 2022: I have just defended my PhD distertation on topic: “Transatlantic Relations in the Framework of Globalism” at the University of Tirana
    • Mar 2021: I gave an interview for the ABC news. You can see it here.
    • Mar 2021: I wrote an article on the census that is going to take place in April this year in North Macedonia. The article can be found here.
    • Mar 2021: I participated at the launch event for the Erasmus+ supported project, Strengthening university autonomy and increasing accountability and transparency of Western Balkan Universities (STAND) hosted by International Busssines College Mitrovica.
    • Feb 2021: I participated as a panelist in a webinar organized by the Institute of Central Europe, Lublin, Poland, on topic “The Parliamentary Elections in Kosovo: A Chance For a Real Change?” [More]
    • Dec 2020: I gave an interview for the national television Klan Macedonia. You can watch my interview here.
    • Nov 2020: My book on the Versailles international order “Rendi i Versajës. Bërja e një bote të brishtë” (in Albanian) was published.
    • Nov 2020: The online kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ FAKESPOTTING project took place. Representatives of 9 partner countries including South East European University discussed about the future project activities.
    • Sep 2020: I participated as a panelist in a webinar “The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue: The Origin, Conditioning Factors, Results and Perspectives, organized by the Institute of Central Europe, Lublin, Poland”. [More].
    • Sep 2020: I gave an interview for the oldest Albanian newspaper “Dielli” (The Sun) which is published in the US. You can read my interview here.
    • Sep 2020: Our project Fakespotting coordinated by the University of Bologna, has been selected and funded by the European Commission and the Italian National Agency.