My Kosovo Experience: Perspectives on Europe's Newest State offers an understanding of Kosovo and the Balkans from the viewpoint of students that participated in the Balkans Peace Program 2012 organized by the Bislimi Group Foundation. The book consists of essays that depict a foreigner's perspective on and experience of Kosovo, its people, culture, and history. This book is particularly interesting because it provides the reader with a first-hand account of what Kosovo is all about. Contributing authors have shared both their experiences as well as their personal stories about Kosovo and the Balkan countries surrounding Kosovo such as Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia. What makes this book unique is that it combines an academic approach with an essayist one--a combination that makes for an educational and an easy read. Topics explored in the book include international development, education, peace-building and peace-keeping, state-building, ethnic conflict, and post-conflict reconstruction. If you are not interested in reading the politicians, policymakers, professional journalists, historians, and academicians viewpoint on Kosovo and its people, but rather you want a first-hand story of ordinary people who left the comforts of their Western homes to travel to and live in Kosovo with local Albanian host families for the Balkans Peace Program, then this is the book you want. All proceeds from this book will go to support the educational programs of the Bislimi Group Foundation.
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Faton Tony Bislimi (Editor) is a doctoral student of political science, specializing in comparative politics and international relations at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada, on a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship. Prior to coming to the University of Alberta, Tony was a doctoral fellow at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies and EU Centre of Excellence, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. While in Halifax, Tony taught economics courses at both Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent Universities. Tony has also taught at the Victory University College and American University in Kosovo. He has won many academic and leadership prizes, awards, and scholarships, and has published two books, chapters in edited books, and articles. Apart from academia, Tony has worked with several international and intergovernmental organizations such as UNDP, RTI International, OSCE, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, etc. His areas of expertise include Kosovo and the Balkans and the development, international involvement, and state-building struggles in that region. He is president and founder of the Bislimi Group Foundation. Tony also holds an MSc in international development from Harvard University (2007), MA in international relations from Dalhousie University (2010) and honours BSc/BA in computer science/mathematics from Texas Lutheran University (2005). He is married and proud father of one daughter.
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