Enika Abazi (Ph.D. in international relations, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey) is Professor of International Relations. She is the Director of Peace Research Institute, Paris and Adjunct-Director of the Center for Balkan Studies at the European University of Tirana, after being Deputy Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the same university. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Lille, and Sciences Po de Rennes, France, a former research fellow at Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (Denmark), Centre Lillois d'Etudes et de Recherches Sociologiques et Economiques (CLERSE-France) and Albanian Institute of International Studies (AIIS-Albania). She has participated in many other research projects at several international research organizations, including Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF-Switzerland), Hellenic Foundation of European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP-Greece), Women in Security Studies (WIIS-US), Center for Strategic Research (SAM-Turkey), Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA-Turkey) and Turkish Asian Centre for Strategic Studies (TASAM-Turkey).
Her research interests include exploring the influence of the past on current international policies and interventions, the role of political elites, ideologies and religions in the mobilization of conflict, and the normative context of peace building. Another area of her research interests is the theoretical and analytical framework of the dynamics of European integration and enlargement towards the Western Balkans and the understanding of the transformational processes of ethnic and religious motivations under the normative pressure of civic ideas. Her research interests have also developed in a series of courses taught in English, French and Albanian on geopolitics of international trade, ethnic conflicts, diplomatic history, international law, international relations theories, and theories of European integration. She has participated in several symposia and international conferences and has published many book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed and annotated academic journals.