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

Redion Qirjazi is the Manager of the Security Program at IDM. His research work and interests revolve around issues related to national security, defense, terrorism, conflict resolution, violent extremism, anti-corruption practices, public sector integrity and good governance.

Previously, Redion served as an officer in the Albanian Army for 7 year where he held multiple command and staff positions to include assisting in building Albania’s first Officer Commissioning Course consistent with contemporary NATO standards, as well as serving a combat tour in Afghanistan. He has proficient experience in conducting in-depth interviews with at risk people and policy experts on security issues.

Redion is a recent Alumnus of the Rotary Peace Fellowship which he attended at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalonghorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand. He holds a M.A. in Applied Security and Strategy from the University of Exeter (U.K.) and a BSc in International Relations, which included a Minor in Terrorism Studies, from the United States Military Academy (West Point, U.S.A.).