The Western Balkans, Macedonia and the Integrative Process: Is There a Role for the Diaspora?

Monday, April 23, 2018
1201 International Affairs Building (12th Floor, 420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a talk with Minister Edmond Ademi, Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Republic of Macedonia. Metodija A. Koloski, co-founder and President of the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) in Washington, D.C. will present opening remarks.

Edmond Ademi is the Minister of Diaspora Affairs in the government of the Republic of Macedonia. At the first session of the Government, on June 5, 2017, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia appointed Ademi Minister for Diaspora Relations. He was appointed Minister without Portfolio in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia on May 31, 2017. During the period of the great migrant wave March to June 2016, Ademi was appointed Special Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Oliver Spasovski, with the task of coordinating the activities of the Ministry with the international community for dealing with the migrant crisis. Ademi also served in the U.S. Embassy in Skopje as a specialist in Media and Public Diplomacy, and as a Personal Assistant to two US Ambassadors to Macedonia, Gillian A. Milovanovic, and Philip Reeker, 2006-2009. He has received several awards and prizes, such as "Ambassador of Knowledge", a prize awarded by the Academy for Lifelong Learning and the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia in June 2016, as well as the prestigious American State Department "Franklin Award" for exceptional contribution to the creation and improvement of more efficient working systems.

Metodija A. Koloski is co-founder and President of the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), headquartered in Washington, D.C. Koloski is an expert on Macedonia’s right to its name, minorities in Southeast Europe, and NATO and EU enlargement issues. He also chairs the Southeast Europe Coalition. Koloski has been been published in the Washington TimesThe Hill, the National Post, The Journal Gazette, and by the Foreign Policy Association and the International Relations Forum. He is frequently quoted both in the Macedonian media and international media on topics related to Macedonia and the diaspora.