Armend Bekaj is Senior Programme Officer with the Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis (DAPA) Unit.
As part of the DAPA Unit, Bekaj contributes to the development of International IDEA’s signature publication, The Global State of Democracy.
Bekaj has 20 years of experience working with international organizations and civil society, mainly in the United Kingdom and the Western Balkan region. Over the years, he has worked and collaborated with the OSCE, USAID, UNDP and a range of other regional, international or civil society organizations. He has also taken part in several global collaborative research efforts bringing together researchers, practitioners and policymakers from various countries to cross-examine issues of post-conflict securitization, political integration of ex-combatants, and other societal impacts resulting from war to peace transition. Bekaj was also Adjunct Lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Kosovo, where he taught courses on International Relations and Public Policy.