With the creation of this new centre, Albania will be hosting the first such NATO institution in the country after seven years of membership. The centre for studies of foreign terrorist fighters in Albania will be the first of this of its kind.
A report in March by the Albanian Institute of International Studies, AIIS, says the number of fighters from Albania joining ISIS in Syria and Iraq peaked in 2014, when between 90 and 150 people departed from Albania, 31 of whom were children and 13 women.
Arrests and tough legislation have in the meantime curbed numbers and brought some success in the fight. Authorities in the country report that the number of those departing to Syria from Albania in 2015 was near zero.
Albania joined NATO in April 2009 together with Croatia. Albanian officials have long backed the need for NATO to expand into other Balkan countries like Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia in order to secure sustainable peace in the region.