Web of Science ResearcherID: AAG-9070-2019

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Journal Articles:

​· Jusufi, Islam. (2022). How the EU-induced institutional changes facilitated patronage over and capture of judiciary in North Macedonia. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2022.2037961.

​· Jusufi, I. (2021). The Death of the European Agency for Reconstruction: A Peculiar Case of Termination of the Agencies of the European Union. Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, 21(4), 675–706. DOI: 10.31297/hkju.21.4.3.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2018). Reconceptualising the security in discourse: inclusive security and popular protests. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 13(4). DOI: 10.1080/17447143.2018.1552701.

· Jusufi, I. (2018). Aid and its impact on domestic change: the case of police reforms in Macedonia. Development Policy Review, 36(6), 743-758. DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12343.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2018). Clientelism and Informality in Albania. Eastern Journal of European Studies, 9(1), 133-150.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2017). Human rights in the EU’s conditionality policy towards Albania: the practice of sub-committee meetings. Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics, 3(2), 52-68. DOI: 10.17356/ieejsp.v3i2.304.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2017). Albania's Transformation since 1997: Successes and Failures. Croatian International Relations Review, 23(77), 81-115. DOI: 10.1515/cirr-2017-0003. Accessible also at:

· Jusufi, Islam. (2012). Migration from the perspective of sending country: the literature and the facts. Analytical, 5(9).

· Jusufi, Islam. (2007). Interethnic Policymaking for Interethnic Tolerance. Policy Perspectives, 1.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2006). Candidate-state building: The case of Macedonia and its relations with the EU. Balkani, 240 - 262.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2006). Ohrid Framework Agreement – decentralized system of post-conflict crisis management. Forum Analitika, 6, 70-79.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2004). Understanding the Process of Security Reform in Southeastern Europe. Journal of Security Sector Management, 2(2), 2-18.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2004). Europeanizing the Western Balkans through Military and Police Missions: The Cases of Concordia and Proxima in Macedonia. European Balkan Observer, 2(1), 8-12.

· Jusufi, Islam. (1999). Partnership for Peace. Perception 4(2).

Book Chapters:

· Jusufi, Islam. (2022). Uncertainty, fragmentation, and international obligations as shaping influences: Cyber security policy development in Albania. In: Myriam Dunn Cavelty and Andreas Wenger (eds.), Cyber Security Politics: Socio-Technological Transformations and Political Fragmentation, pages: 172-185. London: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003110224-14.

· Jusufi, Islam, et. al. (2022). North Macedonia: Local elections and the parliamentary political dynamics. In: Adam Gendźwiłł, Ulrik Kjaer, Kristof Steyvers (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Local Elections and Voting in Europe, pages: 441-452. London: Routledge.

· Jusufi, Islam, et. al. (2021). An Analysis of Public Discourse on Albania's Transitional Justice System. In Innocent Chiluwa (ed.), Discourse and Conflict: Analysing Text and Talk of Conflict, Hate and Peace-Building, pages: 413-438. London: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-76485-2_15.

· Jusufi, Islam, et. al. (2021). The Role of the Albanian Community in the European Integration Process of North Macedonia. In: Laura M. Herta & Adrian G. Corpadean (eds.), International Relations and Area Studies: Focus on Western Balkans, pages: 65-89. Cluj: Cluj University Press.

· Jusufi, Islam & Jubjana Vila Zeka. (2017). Youth Politicization and De-politicization in Contemporary Albania. In T. P. Trost & D. Mandic (Eds), Beyond Ethnicity: Changing Youth Values in Southeast Europe, Chapter 5. London: Routledge.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2010). Security strategies of Macedonia. In Miroslav Hadžić, Milorad Timotić and Predrag Petrović (Eds), Security Policies in the Western Balkans, pages: 97-124. Belgrade: Belgrade Centre for Security Policy.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2006). The Policy Shift in Fiscal Equalization in Macedoania: Yet to Be Implemented. In Gabor Peteri (Ed.), Fiscal Equalization in South Eastern Europe, pages: 1–20. Budapest: Local Government and Public Sector Reform Initiative.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2006). Priorities and Policies: Security and European Integration of the Republic of Macedonia. In FOSM (Ed.), Macedonia after Framework Agreement, pages: 169-178. Skopje: FOSM.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2005). Multiculturality and Security. In Ivan Dodovski (Ed.), Multiculturalism in Macedonia: An Emerging Model. Skopje: FOSM.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2004). Macedonia's Police Reforms. In M. Caparini, O. Marenin (Eds), Transforming Police in Central and Eastern Europe: Process and Progress, pages: 221-238. Reihe: Lit Verlag.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2001). Stability Pact and Its Role in the Development of Regional Cooperation in South East Europe. In David Phinnemore and Peter Siani-Davies (Eds), South-Eastern Europe and EU Enlargement, pages: 29-38. Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast Press.

· Jusufi, Islam. (1999). Partnership for Peace: a Basis for Future Security Architecture in Europe. In Koscka/Dubsky (Eds), European Integration as a Way to Security and Prosperity, pages: 13-26. Prague: Prague University Press.

Authored Books and Monographs:

· Jusufi, Islam, et. al. (2020). Broadening Multilevel Connectivity Between Greece and North Macedonia in the Post – Prespa Environment. Athens: Eliamep; Skopje: Analytica.

· Jusufi, Islam, et. al. (2019). Cooperation in education, culture, and civil society after the Prespa Agreement: How to move forward. Athens: Eliamep; Skopje: Analytica.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2013). Europeanisation and Security Sector Reform: The case of the Republic of Macedonia. Saarbrücken, Germany: Scholars' Press.

· Jusufi, Islam, et. al. (2012). Analysis of literature on the effects of remittances on education and health of family members left behind. Skopje/Tirana: ACSER/Analytica.

· Jusufi, Islam, et. al. (2012). Context analysis: migration and remittances and their impact in Albania and Macedonia. Skopje/Tirana: ACSER/Analytica.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2012). Demographic Convergence: How the demographic shifts are transforming the governments. Vienna: Erste Stiftung.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2010). Assessment of capacities to combat illicit trafficking of humans-related criminal activity: the case of Macedonia and its relations with NATO. Brussels: NATO.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2003). Security Sector Reform in South East Europe. Budapest: Center for Policy Studies.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2002). Process 2002: Security of the Republic of Macedonia. Skopje: Sv. Kliment Ohridski Press.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2000). Partnership for Peace and Macedonia. Brussels: NATO.

Edited Books or Journals:

· Jusufi, Islam & Jubjana Vila Zeka. (Eds.). (2017). Local, Regional and Global Governance: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on European Studies, held at Epoka University, Tirana, Albania, 5-6 November 2017. Epoka University.

· Jusufi, Islam & Jubjana Vila Zeka. (Eds.). (2017). Local, Regional and Global Governance: Book of Abstracts of the 6th International Conference on European Studies, held at Epoka University, Tirana, Albania, 5-6 November 2017. Epoka University.

Book Reviews:

· Jusufi, Islam. (2019). When Informal Institutions Change. Institutional Reforms and Informal Practices in the Former Soviet Union. Europe-Asia Studies, 71(2). DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2019.1584456.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2018). Building Democracy in the Yugoslav Successor States. Accomplishments, Setbacks, Challenges since 1990. Europe-Asia Studies, 70(7), 1165-1167. DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2018.1503886.

· Jusufi, Islam. (2017). Performing Nostalgia. Migration Culture and Creativity in South Albania. Südosteuropa. Journal for Politics and Society, 65(4), 709–711. DOI:

· Jusufi, Islam. (2017). Protest in Putin's Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 69(10), 1674-1675. DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2017.1401820.

Conferences (communications to scientific meetings)

· “Albania's sovereignty discourse and European integration”, paper presented at 26th International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies, 20-22 June 2019, Madrid, Spain.

· “Cyber security and its impact on the sovereignty in the Westphalian states of the South: the case of Albania”, paper presented at State of the Art of Cybersecurity and Cyberconflict Research Conference, ETH Zurich, 27-29 September 2018, Zürich, Switzerland.

· “Reconceptualizing the military assistance: evaluating Norwegian support to building integrity in the defence institutions in western Balkans”, paper presented at Second annual conference of the European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS), Pantheon Assas University Paris II, 20-22 June 2018, Paris, France. 

· Aid and European Agency for Reconstruction: lessons (not) learned”, paper presented at the conference “The EU and the Balkans at the End of the Second Decade of the 21st Century”, University of the Peloponnese, Conference, 4-5 June 2018, Corinth, Greece. 

· The institutional design of the EU agencies: the case of the European Agency for Reconstruction”, paper presented at Conference on Performance, Operability and the Accountability Overload of EU Agencies, Brussels (TARN), University of Maastricht, 12-13 April 2018, in Brussels, Belgium.

· “Clientelism and Informality in Albania”, paper presented at 4th European Workshops in International Studies, 7-11 June 2017, Cardiff, UK.

· “The use of social media by youth in contemporary Albania and its impact on their perceptions of the world”, poster presented at "The Generation of Transformation from a European Perspective" conference, 3-5 November 2016, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. 

· “Albania's transformation since 1997: successes and failures”, paper presented at 3rd European Workshops in International Studies, 6 - 8 April, 2016, Tübingen, Germany.

· "EU’s international relations in Eurasian space: the practice of criticizing human rights record of Russia", paper presented at Beyond Vilnius: The European Union and the Emerging Eurasian Space conference, 29-30 January 2016, Trento, Italy. 

· "Migration from the perspective of sending country", paper presented at World Demographic and Ageing Forum, 28-29 August 2012, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

· "EU external aid and its impact on domestic change in aid receiving countries of South Eastern Europe", paper presented at Workshop on Implementing EU External Policies, 6/7 May 2011, Bath, UK.

· "NATO enlargement and the Western Balkans: The state of the play and the prospects and challenges for the future", paper presented at Euro-Atlantic and European Integration in the Western Balkans conference, 13 December 2010, Athens.

· "Macedonia's perspectives on the new NATO Strategic Concept", paper presented at NATO’s New Strategic Concept conference, 11–12 March 2010, Tirana.

· "Macedonia's EU integration. Candidate state building and challenges. The review of the period from 2003 to 2009", paper presented at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars East European Studies Federal Conference "Innovative Strategies for European Integration of the Western Balkans", 6 May 2009, Washington DC.

· "Post-Conflict State Building. Macedonia. From formative to post-conflict state building to candidate-state building for EU membership", paper presented at ESF conference "Post-Crisis States Transformation: Rethinking the Foundations of the State", 1-5 May 2009, Linköping, Sweden.

· “Social Potentials of western Balkans”, paper presented at “European Future of the Western Balkans – The Youth has a Role to Play” conference of the European Fund for the Balkans, 10 April 2008, Belgrade.

· “Policy research and EU pre-acccession”, paper presented at International Policy Fellowship conference, 8 March 2008, Budapest.

· “The EU as an External Actor: the EU’s policies towards the SEE countries”, paper presented at Minority Rights Group International conference, 26 October 2007, Ohrid.

· “The reform processes in the area of security sector and their influence on the security governance,” paper presented at HUMSEC Annual Conference, 4-6 October 2007, Sarajevo.

· “EU assistance and its impact in dealing with the transnational crimes in the region of the western Balkans,” paper presented at Fighting Crime in the Backyard: EU Internal Security Policies in the Balkans, Young Researchers Workshop, 11 September 2007, Turin.

· “Defence Sector Assessment,” paper prepared in the framework of Geneva Centre DCAF project on defence reforms assessment in Southeast Europe (Geneva: DCAF 2006).

· “Progress in National Reconciliation in Macedonia”, paper presented at ECPD International Conference on the Balkans, Belgrade, 27-28 October 2006.

· “Defence Sector Assessment,” paper prepared in the framework of Geneva Centre DCAF project on defence reforms assessment in Southeast Europe (Geneva: DCAF 2006).

· “Progress in National Reconciliation in Macedonia”, paper presented at ECPD International Conference on NATIONAL RECONCILIATION, ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE BALKANS - HUMAN SECURITY AND RECONCILIATION, Belgrade, October 27-28, 2006.

· “EU’s security and defence policy and stabilisation of the western Balkans,” paper presented at LSE/KCL European Foreign Policy Conference, “European Security: New Perspectives,” London School of Economics, London, June 30th – July 1st 2006.

· “Implementation of the Ohrid Accord,” paper presented at ECPD International Symposium “NATIONAL AND INTER-ETHNIC RECONCILIATION AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE WESTERN BALKANS,” Belgrade, October 28 – 29, 2005.

· I. Yusufi, “EU Police Missions: From Conflict Management to Institution Building in the Western Balkans,” EU Institute for Security Studies, Occasional Paper (to be published soon).

· “Stabilising the European Periphery: The Case of Macedonia,” paper presented at Symposium on ‘Member State Building’, Oxford, 17-18 October 2005.

· “European integration and transitional processes and their impact on the evolution and development of political parties in the countries of western Balkans” The 7th Annual Kokkalis Graduate Student Workshop, Harvard University, Boston, 2005,

· “Assisting state building in the Balkans: The Case of Macedonia,” paper presented at SAR conference “Europe as a Democracy Promoter,” Constanta, Romania, July 6, 2005.

· “Future Challenges for the Balkans region,” paper presented at Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 11 June 2005

· “The Future of the Stabilisation and Association Process,” paper presented at international conference “Assessing Developments in the Western Balkans: Problems of Today, Ideas for the Future,” Bratislava, Slovakia, May 20-21, 2005.

· “Quelle Place Pour la Macedoine dans les Balkans et dans L’union Europenne?,” paper presented at a lecture at CERI Sciences Po, Paris, 29 March 2005.

· “Partnership for Peace: A New Lease on Life,” paper presented at the International Seminar “US Realignment and NATO Transformation: Implications for Southeast Europe and Greater Black Sea Region,” , Bucharest, Romania, July 12-13, 2004.

· "The Way Forward in the Reform of Defense and Security Sector of Macedonia," paper presented at the International Seminar on "Defense and Security Sector Reform in Western Balkans," Brdo-Kranj, Slovenia, October 3, 2003.

· "Implications of 2004 Dual Enlargement to the Security and Stability of Southeast Europe," paper presented at the conference on "Southeast European Security after the 2004 Dual Enlargement," Bucharest, Romania, July 10-12, 2003.

· "Establishing Benchmarks for Tackling the Security Challenges of South East Europe," paper presented at the ARI Movement's conference on "Security and Cooperation in Southeast Europe," Istanbul, Turkey, June 26-27, 2003.

· "Perspectives of Regional Cooperation in the Balkan Area: Why Should there be a Regional Perspective in the of the Balkans," paper presented at the Balkan Political Club's Conference: "The Regional Cooperation-the Nordic Experience," Sofia, Bulgaria, June 15 – 17, 2003.

· "Enlarged NATO and its Relevance in the Post-September 11 Era," paper presented at "New Faces Conference in Geneva", Geneva, Switzerland, August 29 - September 1, 2002.

· "Cooperation, Security and Stability: Recent Positive Developments in the Sphere of Regional Stability and Security," paper presented at Young Europeans for Security conference, Tirana, Albania, June 22, 2002.

· "Perspectives on Joint Regional Security Studies and Research in Crisis Management in Southeast Europe with Special Consideration of the Actual Situation in Macedonia," paper presented at the International Conference "Science for Peace and Development, Maribor, Slovenia, October 4-6, 2001.

· "Mission Essential Harvest," paper presented at Szeged Roundtable on Small Arms, Szeged, Hungary, September 14-15, 2001.

· "Visions for Macedonia's Security," paper presented at " Macedonia-Macedonias: Changing Contexts in the Changing Balkans conference", June 14-16, 2001.

· "Government as the other in the Internet Age," paper presented at Summer School: “The Face of the other,” Skopje, Macedonia, July 1-21, 2000.


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Media appearance

· "Marrja e Dates Pikepyetje, Jusufi: Macedonia e Veriut dhe Shqiperia Duhet te Insistojne", TV21, North Macedonia, 9 June 2019,, 

· "Albaniens ungdom tør drømme igen", Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark, 24 June 2017,  

· "Epoka University organized the Workshop on Research Training", Klan TV, Tirana, 9 October 2017, or at: (starting from minutes 22:55). 

"Epoka University holds Convention on World Diplomacy Dialogue", Klan TV, Tirana, 11 May 2018, or at: (starting from minutes 26:07).

Research Projects

· COST Action, “European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network”, 2019-2022.
Management Committee member, Researcher

· Erasmus +, “Strategic Support on Strengthening the Quality Assurance Structures at the Private Higher Education Institutions in Albania” (QAinAL), 2015-2018.
Member of Quality Board

· Regional Research Promotion Programme, University of Fribourg, "Migration and Development in Albania and Macedonia: The Effects of Remittances on Education and Health of Family Members Left Behind", 2012 – 2013.
Team Leader/Project Coordinator

· Regional Research Promotion Programme, University of Fribourg, "Impact of migration on women empowerment in Western Balkan countries", 2012-2013.
Senior Researcher

· Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, "Security Transitions in the Western Balkans - From Conflict Zone to Security Community?", 2011-2013.
Team Leader

· Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces, "Mapping and Monitoring Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans", 2009-2012.
Team Leader

· NATO, “Combating trafficking in human beings in Balkans”, 2008-2010.

· UNESCO, “Peaceful Conflict Resolution on democratic processes in the countries of Balkans”, 2006.

· Local Government Initiative, “fiscal decentralization and equalization system in Southeast Europe”, 2004-2005.

· Centre for Policy Studies, “Security Sector Reform in Southeast Europe”, 2002-2004.

· NATO, “Partnership for Peace”, 1998-2000.