Gerta Zaimi is the Editor-in-Chief of the news outlet Albanian Post in Tirana, Albania. She spent the last 15 years researching a wide range of academic and policy topics related to the Middle East, international relations, and Balkan politics.

Zaimi has lectured at various institutions and think tanks as well as contributed pieces in English for the Indian Military Review and the NATO Centre of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) in Ankara, Turkey. Since 2014, she has lectured at the COE-DAT and at the Institute for Global Threats and Democracies Studies (IGTDS). Moreover, she is a Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD).

An accomplished author, she wrote the book Hezbollah, Political Lebanese party and Iranian militia (2014, published by ARACNE editrice) as part of her academic studies at the Center for Strategic International and Business Studies (CSSII) at the University of Florence, Italy.

She has developed expert-level skills in CVE strategies and CT responses in the Balkan area and is the author of the paper “Religious radicalization and violent Islamist extremism in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo” (Feb. 2017), among others.

Zaimi earned an MA in Literature from the University of Tirana, in Albania, as well as advanced degrees in Political Science (specialization in International Relations) and Mediterranean Studies from the University of Florence, in Italy. She directed the journal Osservatorio dei Balcani at the Center for Strategic International and Business Studies, a think tank at the University of Florence.

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