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CWIHP Working Paper No. 70, “Burning Secrets of the Corfu Channel Incident” offers a fresh look at an October 1946 naval incident off the coast of Albania where two British warships struck mines while navigating the Channel near Albanian territorial waters. Using declassified Albanian documents and recently released British documents “previously unknown to the Albanian public,” Lalaj examines this early episode of the Cold War and subsequent legal case at the International Court of Justice.

Prof. Dr. Ana Lalaj is researcher at the Institute of History, in the Center for Albanian Studies and also part time lecturer at Tirana University, in Albania. Lalaj is the director of the Cold War Albanian Study Center, (CWASC), a part of the Cold War International History Project network.  She is a former CWIHP Public Policy Scholar, contributor to the CWIHP Bulletin, and Fulbright senior researcher. Lalaj has written two monographs on Kosovo during WWII and following it, and also several articles on Albania in the Cold War. She has participated in a number of national and international scholarly conferences where has presented papers on these topics. Lalaj has served for eight years as the director of the Institute of History in Tirana.


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Ana Lalaj

Former Public Policy Scholar;
Professor, Albanological Studies Center, Albania
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