Albulena Halili

Research Associate at MVDSI / Assistant Professor – International Security 


Albulena Halili is a Research Associate at Max van der Stoel Institute (MVDSI) and Assistant Professor of International Security at the Faculty of Contemporary Social Sciences at South East European University (SEEU). She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from South East European University (SEEU) and earned her PhD degree from the University of Tirana, Albania.

Since 2019, Albulena has been leading the Media Literacy and Disinformation Research Cluster at MVDSI, which is a part of the Social Sciences Research Group (SSG)

Her research interests focus on international relations, specifically transatlantic relations, security studies, hybrid warfare, disinformation war, and geopolitics of the Balkans.

Albulena joined the SEEU staff in 2007 and has been part of the MVDSI since its establishment in 2011, while also working at the SEEU Research Office. She served as Head of the Research Office from 2014 to 2019 and was the Managing Editor of SEEU Review during the same period. Albulena has also been a leading member of the institutional team in completing HRS4R application in order to receive the ‘HR Excellence in research’ award by European Commission, which SEEU has held since July 2015.

In addition to her academic work, Albulena is also author of the book ‘Rendi i Versajës: Bërja e një bote të brishtë’ (The order of Versailles: the Making of a Fragile World) (2020), and has made significant contributions as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the PanAlbanica network, which provides analysis and expert opinions about geopolitical developments in the Balkans region.


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),


    • October 2023: I was part of the experts’ panel discussion “Building Social Resilience to the Adverse Effects of Disinformation” in the framework of the conference “Media Literacy in Digital Spaces” on the first day of Media Literacy Days 24-31 October 2023. More
    • April 2023: Our article “Vulnerability to Disinformation in Relation to Political Affiliation in North Macedonia” written by  
      Edlira Palloshi Disha, Albulena Halili and Agron Rustemi, was just published in Media and Communication
    • April 2023:  The Multiplier Event of the project Fakespotting was held at SEEU. More…
    • March 2023: The article “Media and Information Literacy Education in the Age of Disinformation: SEEU Professor and Student Perceptions”written by Albulena Halili, Edlira Palloshi-Disha, Demush Bajrami and Shemsedin Ibrahimi is published in the second issue of KAIROS: Media and Communication 
    • 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.