Ditmir Bushati graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana in 1999 with the highest honours and holds a Masters Degree in Public International Law (LL.M) from Leiden University in The Netherlands. Bushati is the recipient of various fellowships and has been a researcher on European Affairs at the European Centre for Public Law of the University of Athens, Greece. Furthermore, he has participated in a series of training on international affairs at several universities and research centres, including the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the Academy of International Law, Dallas, USA and the Abo University Academy in Finland.
Bushati has been a Member of Parliament of Albania since 2009. Currently, he is the head of the OSCE parliamentary delegation of Albania and a member of the Joint EU-Albania Parliamentary Committee. He served as Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (2013-2019) and previously chaired the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration (2011-2013). He was also a member of the Joint EU-Albania Parliamentary Committee (2009-2013). Bushati is a Council Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
He is fluent in English and Italian and has good knowledge of French.
COVID19 could have been a trigger to bring the world closer together to combat an invisible but deadly common threat. Instead, it has accelerated and deepened divisions that had been taking shape for decades. We risk sliding into diverging and separate realities. For many, at least two different systems of values – democracy vs. authoritarianism – are crystallizing. How can we bring the world together to face common challenges? Are there still areas where we can work together? How can we mould global cooperative institutions to address security concerns? How can we overcome ideological divisions and find common solutions to the current and future health crises and address climate change? Can we prevent the world from setting up different and incompatible norms in how we develop and use emerging technologies? How can we revamp international institutions to be fit for the future?