A Conversation with President of Kosovo H.E. Atifete Jahjaga

March 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC


Managing Security in Kosovo and the Western Balkans: A Conversation with President of Kosovo H.E. Atifete Jahjaga

A discussion with:
H.E. Atifete Jahjaga
Republic of Kosovo

Moderated by:
Dr. Evelyn Farkas
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council
Seventeen years ago, NATO intervened in then-Yugoslavia in the mission known as Operation Allied Force. It was almost ten years later, in 2008, when Kosovo declared independence. Today, the country has made progress in its European integration, but ensuring regional security and political stability have remained significant challenges. Though Montenegro recently received an invitation to join the NATO Alliance, joining Albania and Croatia, it is unlikely that other Balkan countries will soon be brought into the NATO fold. Against the backdrop of a serious migration crisis and continuing uncertainty from Europe's East, deep divisions threaten the stability of the region and endanger its collective security. 

As President of the Republic of Kosovo, H.E. Atifete Jahjaga has been a vocal proponent of the path for Kosovo toward membership in the EU and other institutions. In her final visit to Washington before concluding her mandate, President Jahjaga will provide an outlook on the progress Kosovo has made in the years since NATO's intervention, as well as ways to address the contemporary security challenges faced by Kosovo and the wider region.

1030 15th Street NW
12th Floor (West Tower Elevator)
Washington, DC


President Atifete Jahjaga is a Kosovar politician and the fourth President of Kosovo. She is the first female president in her country and in the Balkans, the first president in Kosovo's history to be elected in the first round of voting, and the youngest to be elected to the top office. Prior to her election in April 2011, President Jahjaga was Deputy Director of the Police of Kosovo, holding the rank of Major General, a position she had held since February 2009. She also served as a policewoman following the establishment of the Kosovo Police force in early 2000.