10. Political and Security Environment
While political violence is rare, political protests in 2019 have included instances of civil disobedience, low-level violence, and the use of tear gas by police. Albania’s June 2017 elections and transition to a new government were peaceful. On January 21, 2011, security forces shot and killed four protesters during a violent political demonstration. In its external relations, Albania remains a source of stability in the region and maintains generally friendly relations with neighboring countries.