Experts & Staff

Engjellushe Morina

Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Western Balkans politics, economics, and sociology; Euro-Atlantic integration; violent extremism; peacebuilding and conflict transformation, dialogue, and mediation

Languages

Albanian, English, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, conversational German, and some French

Biography

Engjellushe Morina is a senior policy fellow with the Wider Europe Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She works from ECFR’s Berlin office.

Morina has more than 18 years’ experience of research on, and fieldwork in, the Western Balkans, Euro-Atlantic integration, peacebuilding and conflict transformation, violent extremism, and dialogue and mediation. Prior to joining ECFR, she developed and led collaborative research projects on violent extremism and managed other initiatives such as a 1.5 track dialogue in North Macedonia. During the high-level negotiations over Kosovo’s political status led by President Marti Ahtisaari, she served as an expert and consultant in the Cultural Heritage group within the Unity Team (2005-2007). Her work focused on the protection of Cultural and Religious Heritage in Kosovo. Morina co-founded and ran the Pristina Council on Foreign Relations. She was the executive director of Kosovar Stability Initiative and worked for the US Embassy in Pristina. Morina has also conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan.

Morina holds degrees from University College London (Institute of Archaeology), Oxford University (Somerville College), and the Hertie School of Governance, in Berlin.

Bound to Russia: Serbia’s disruptive neutrality

The deepening relationship between Belgrade and Moscow has long created unease across the Balkans. By refusing to condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine, Serbia has proven once again that it is a liability to the EU and NATO.

How Macron can strengthen the EU in the Western Balkans

France has blocked progress on enlargement in the Western Balkans. In the Biden era, Emmanuel Macron should think again about bringing the region into the EU

Kosovo snap election: A chance for action

The results of this week’s election could be transformative for Kosovo – but the challenges facing its new leaders are daunting

Publications

Articles

Bound to Russia: Serbia’s disruptive neutrality

The deepening relationship between Belgrade and Moscow has long created unease across the Balkans. By refusing to condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine, Serbia has proven once again that it is a liability to the EU and NATO.

How Macron can strengthen the EU in the Western Balkans

France has blocked progress on enlargement in the Western Balkans. In the Biden era, Emmanuel Macron should think again about bringing the region into the EU

Kosovo snap election: A chance for action

The results of this week’s election could be transformative for Kosovo – but the challenges facing its new leaders are daunting

How Biden can make a big difference in the Western Balkans

Joe Biden has a longstanding relationship with the Western Balkans. A re-energised US policy on the region could be transformative, especially when working in tandem with the EU

Events

In the media