Albania - Observations on a Changing Nation

  • April 15, 2008
  • COL William R Applegate, COL Patrick O Carpenter, Prof Bernard F Griffard

On April 2, 2008, NATO offered Albania membership in the Alliance. For a country once described by Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck as no more than a "geographical expression," this was a reward for a long tortuous journey through history. Using the perspective of an eyewitness to the Albania of the late 1990's, this paper identifies the progress made by the Albanian Armed Forces over the past 11 years and why they earned NATO membership.