RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Faculty
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Garentina Kraja was awarded her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science at Yale University, in 2011, where she graduated cum laude and received the Charles Washburn Clark Prize for the best senior essay on Comparative Politics on recruitment in rebel organizations during civil wars. At Yale University, she attended classes taught by top academics and practitioners, including John Gaddis and Paul Kennedy (Studies in Grand Strategy) to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (Faith and Globalization).
Prior to her enrollment in university, Kraja attended the prestigious four-month leadership program Yale World Fellows, selected from over 600 candidates worldwide in 2006. By then, she had worked for ten years as a journalist in Kosovo.
She was part of the first generation of journalists with the founding of the Kosovar daily Koha Ditore. During 1997 and 1998 she covered and reported widely on the war in Kosovo. From 2001-2007 Kraja was The Associated Press correspondent in Prishtina, where she reported on the aftermath of the war, Kosovo’s institution-building, the international protectorate, the security arrangements, human rights and birth of the new nation through the internationally-mediated negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia on the future status of Kosovo.
Kraja served as a senior adviser on foreign policy and security to the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Madam Atifete Jahjaga. She also briefly worked at the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) as a coordinator for academic development and taught several classes, such as Introduction to Comparative Politics, Politics of the Developing Countries and Religion and International Politics.