Bujar Nishani is the sixth and current President of Albania, a position he has held since July 2012. He joined the Democratic Party of Albania in 1991, after the fall of communism. He worked as chief of foreign relations in the Ministry of Defense and then as head of the office of NATO relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to his presidency, he served as Minister of Defense, Justice and the Interior. In 1988, Nishani graduated from the Military Academy "Skanderbej." In 1996, studied further in San Antonio, Texas and California. In 2004, he graduated from the Law Faculty of University of Tirana with a Master's in European studies.