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Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Dr Afrim Osmani of FON University in Skopje, August, 2011

Skopje, Macedonia— On August 24, 2011 Balkanalysis.com Director Chris Deliso conducted a briefing with Dr Afrim Osmani, an assistant professor covering law and security studies at FON University in Skopje.

During the briefing were discussed relevant issues such as the tenor of inter-ethnic relations in Macedonia, the role of political parties in the functioning of the civil and private sector, current political trends, development issues affecting Albanian-populated villages and the role of religion in society. Dr Osmani also expanded on his recently presented new study regarding Macedonian-Turkish cooperation in the fight against organized crime and terrorism, with the cooperation of regional and international security bodies.

The increasing cooperation of police and other security services between Ankara and Skopje is becoming a significant issue for the future Western Balkan security architecture. Dr Osmani also lent insights on the situation in Macedonia regarding human rights, the judiciary and police activities, and the perceptions now held of the new governing coalition among regular voters.

Finally, Dr Osmani gave a background overview of the FON University in general, and its Faculty of Law and Faculty for Detectives and Security Studies in particular, including the types of programs offered, research being undertaken (including study visits to the Idrizovo national prison), numbers of professors and students presently active, and teaching methods.

Dr. Afrim Osmani, originally from Crniliste in south-central Macedonia, is an assistant professor in FON University’s Faculty of Law. His research concentrates on criminal justice, human rights and security issues. He also cooperates with and supervises students from the Faculty of Detectives and Security Studies for the latter. He received his doctorate from the Justinianius Primus Faculty of Law at the SS Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

FON University is one of the largest and most influential private universities in Macedonia. It offers academic studies in eight faculties: Law; Detectives and Security Studies; Economics; Information and Communication Technology; Design and Multimedia; Applied Foreign Languages; Sport and Sport Management, and Political Science. The university, which boasts well-known professors from various backgrounds in Macedonian public life, was started by the businessman Fiat Canoski, who also founded the Party for European Integration, particularly supported in his native Struga region. The university has branches in other Macedonian towns including Struga, Strumica and Gostivar.

Over the past four years FON has also signed cooperation agreements with many interesting institutions of higher education. These include: Giugiaro Architettura of Milan (September 2, 2010); Girne American University in Northern Cyprus (April 9, 2010); TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara (June 16, 2009); the University of Novi Pazar in Serbia (April 16, 2009); the International University of Travnik in Bosnia (July 19, 2007); the University of Aleksander Moisiu in Durres, Albania (July 13, 2007), and several others in Western Europe. Some of FON’s other foreign cooperation agreements have come by virtue of its membership in the Novi Sad-based Alliance of Central and Eastern European Universities.

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