Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Tirana

The Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) is an independent non-governmental organization founded in November 1999 in Tirana, Albania. IDM goal is to strengthen the Albanian civil society, to monitor, analyze, and facilitate the Euro-Atlantic integration processes of the country and to help consolidate the good governance and inclusive policymaking. IDM carries on its objectives through expertise, innovative policy research, analysis, and assessment-based policy options.

IDM’s choice of activities to achieve its strategic objectives is an effort to go beyond simple one-time delivery projects. They form part of a continuing struggle to strengthen shared values and efficient interactions across the broad spectrum of political and non-political actors in Albania. IDM is dedicated to developing a profound understanding of contemporary challenges so as to shape sustainable reforming strategies and public policies in key socio-economic and political development pillars and to advance regional cost-effective approaches in support of crosscutting cooperation initiatives of key actors based on comprehensive research, policy assessment and multifaceted analysis.

These guiding principles and objectives represent the foundation of our mission, on which IDM forms the framework of its program priorities, shapes the results of its work, and drives the services and contribution to civil society efforts.

Rr. Shenasi Dishnica, Nr. 1
Tirana, Albania
Phone: +355 4 240 0241

Arjan Dyrmishi is a senior researcher and the head of the Centre for European and Security in the Institute for Democracy and Mediation in Tirana. He holds a bachelor degree in French History and Philology from the University of Tirana and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University if Siena, Italy. Before joining the institute he has spent a great part of his career as a practitioner holding various positions in Albanian government, including the National Intelligence Service, the Ministry of Defence and the Prime Minister’s office. He is the author of a number of articles on security sector reform in Albania and on regional security cooperation in the Western Balkans. His main research interests include comparative politics, democratisation, political parties, diplomacy, and international relations.