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The following is a brief bio of Tony Bislimi

TONY BISLIMI is an expert of international development and foreign affairs. A Canadian and American educated scholar, he has authored several published refereed articles and academic book chapters mainly on state-building and international interventions in Kosovo, and US-EU relations and their impact on the Balkans region, as well as Canada’s role in the region.

He was born and raised in Gjilan, Kosovo, but spent most of his adult life in Canada, where he first came in 2001 and later became a Canadian citizen. In 2005, he graduated, summa cum laude, from Texas Lutheran University with a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science and a bachelor’s of arts degree in mathematics.  In 2007, he received a master’s degree in public administration and international development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Kennedy Fellow.  In 2010, he graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, with a master’s degree in international relations, where he also served as a research fellow at the university’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies. 

A recipient of many academic and leadership awards and prizes, Bislimi has lectured at several international conferences on issues related to international education, economic and social development, conflict resolution, and interethnic relations.  He has worked in the developing world, mainly in Kosovo and the Balkans region, for several international and intergovernmental organizations, and has also taught at universities in Canada, the US, and Kosovo. 

Most recently, he has served as a Senior Fellow at the Kosovo Public Policy Center and a lecturer of public policy and governance at the American University in Kosovo. He has pursued his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Alberta, in Canada, where he has been a recipient of a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship and an EU Centre of Excellence Doctoral Fellowship.  In 2015, he won the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship from the German Marshall Fund of the United States.  In 2017, at the invitation of the German Presidency of the G20, he has become a member of the Think20 Task Force on Forced Migration, a position he continues to hold to date, being one of the very few Canadians in such positions.  

A board member of the Albanian-American Civic League and Foundation, and a committed member of the Albanian-Canadian Society of Edmonton, Bislimi has been a senior foreign policy adviser on Albanian national issues in the Balkans for over sixteen years, and has worked with several Members of Congress (both Democrat and Republican), as well as with Canadian officials (including the Canadian Ambassadors to Kosovo) in increasing ties between his native Kosovo and Canada as well as the US.

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