On March 3-5, the first seminar of the School for Political Studies for 2017 was held on the topic "State and Citizenship: The normative approach and value-based approach in politics". The first day included lectures by Oliver Richmond, from the University of Manchester, and Ibrahim Berisha, professor at the University of Pristina. Professor Richmond discussed aspects of peacebuilding and statebuilding. Professor Berisha discussed social and technical norms in Kosovo. The second day continued with the second dimension of this seminar, which treats the state as a function. This topic was concludedby Ermal Hasimja from the University of Tirana; Arber Zaimi, political advisor at LVV; and Valon Kurhasani from NDI Kosova. The third day ended with a lecture by Agim Nesho, Albania's former ambassador to the UN for 9 years, who gave clear messages regarding the strategic orientation of Albanian foreign policy. Lastly Adem Beha, lecturer at the University of Prishtina, spoke about the idea of the state as well as the differentiation of the concepts of peacebuilding and statebuilding.
On 27 December, the first meeting with journalists was held as part of the program “Journalists in the field of energy and environment”. During this meeting the detailed program was presented for the participants as well as the current situation in Kosovo regarding energy and environment policies.
On July 7, the Pristina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) published the policy analysis "Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo". The analysis drafted after a period of several months of research provides an overview of the current situation of public administration reform, namely the implementation of the rationalization of independent, executive and regulatory agencies.
School for Political Studies has held an online lecture & discussion with Dr. Gëzim Visoka on the topic "Peace through mutual recognition: The current situation in Kosovo and future opportunities".