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Kosovo: A new nation on the political map- achievements and challenges

Lecture Theatre G15, Muirhead Tower
Wednesday 2 February 2011 (16:00-17:30)

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School of Government and Society and POLSIS Seminar Series

Kosovo: A new nation on the political map- achievements and challenges

Speaker: His Excellency Dr Muhamet Hamiti, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the UK

Muhamet Hamiti was born in Kosovo in 1964. He studied English Literature at the Universities of Prishtina and Zagreb, receiving his PhD from the former in 2006. He has lectured at the Universty of Prishtina and in the 1990s was a visiting scholar in the UK, at the University of East Anglia and at Birkbeck College, University of London. From 1991 through 1999, he worked at the Kosova Information Center (KIC), as editor-in-chief for the English service.

Throughout the 1990s Dr Hamiti worked closely with Dr Ibrahim Rugova, and was affiliated with his Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), before going on to serve as media advisor and spokesman for President Rugova from mid-2002 to January 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he was a senior political advisor to President Fatmir Sejdiu of Kosovo, Rugova’s successor. He was a senior member of the Kosovo delegation to the internationally-mediated negotiating process for the determination of the final status of Kosovo from 2005 to 2007. Dr Hamiti set up the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in the UK, and served as the first head of the Embassy, as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim from October 2008 until September 2009, when he was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in London.

Dr Hamiti will speak about Kosovo’s rise to nationhood, focusing on the achievements and challenges in its post-independence period. He will talk about the nation-building process; the democratic process and local government reform; inter-ethnic relations; relationship with current international civilian and military presences in the country; Kosovo’s international relations and challenges in its bid to consolidate its statehood internationally.

This event is open to all and will be followed by a reception in the Muirhead Tower foyer.

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