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New Balkan Politics

New Balkan Politics, is the first Macedonian on-line journal in the area of social sciences. A group of scholars, are responsible for the launching of this journal. Its primary goal is to cover topics in the arenas of political theory and international relations (security, defense, ethno-political conflicts, etc.), in Macedonia and, more specifically, the Balkans.

Unlike similar journals that cover analogous themes, New Balkan Politics, will have a multidisciplinary character, and will strive to create a better understanding of contemporary, democratic processes in the Balkans. The primary function of this Journal is to offer academic analyses on the region from a comparative point of view thus, encouraging different points of view and new perceptions. Each issue will focus on one central topic to further promote the aforementioned function and to address the complex and delicate topics concerning the Balkans, in both a theoretical and historical manner.  
New Balkan Politics will offer an opportunity to analyze and to debate topics and issues concerning the Balkans that will inevitable need to be reassessed and evaluated. Due to an increasingly interrelated world, these pressing issues will be examined in relation to global development and, more importantly, to European integration.
This Journal is emerging at a time when there is a newfound interest in the economical, political, both nationally and internationally, and scientific developments in the Balkans. Unfortunately, this newfound attention is due to the tragedies that the Yugoslav nations have endured throughout the last ten years: misunderstandings, ethnic conflicts, wars, refugee crises, material and spiritual destruction. Thus, giving the rest of the world a reason to label the Balkans as an area of endemic instability.
All scientific and political groups in the world that collect and exchange information and analyses on the Balkans cannot possibly be listed. Currently, many universities now offer courses concentrating on the state of affairs in the Balkans. As a result of these courses and the numerous academicians who have devoted their entire careers to the Balkan Issue, have published articles concerning the Balkans during the last several years.

It is unfortunate that political scientists from the Balkans have never had the time or the opportunity to tell their “story.” At any rate, it is absurd that others have shown a greater interest in affairs concerning this region than we ourselves have. On that note, any possibility, like the one that New Balkan Politics is offering, for an open discussion about the current state of our country and future developments must be seized upon. This is absolutely necessary because one of the main reasons for the conflicts in the states of the former Yugoslavia was the ignorance of the people who, for a long time, lived in a closed world, knowing only one side of the “truth.”
Each day, there are many opportunities, such as New Balkan Politics, to exchange opinions and to participate in open debates concerning significant issues with members of the academic world from the Balkan States. These opportunities will help to foster relationships between members of the academic and political arenas. As these relationships develop, they can join together to face and to overcome the prejudices from the past and to recognize that they have a great deal in common; the most important being that all Balkan societies become democratic, prosperous and open. Such societies will be able to understand and accept the new European spirit of cooperation and integration.

New Balkan Politics surfaces at a time when three magazines concerning social sciences in Macedonia - Perceptions, Dialogue and Balkan Forum - have ceased to exist for a number of different reasons. The people whose work is connected with social sciences in Macedonia have nowhere to publish their views and research, or to compare their work with those of others in the process of verification. We should not allow that to happen. In this day and age, technological developments offer a rapid exchange of information and the world (at least the developed countries) is slowly becoming a “global village.” This on-line journal, New Balkan Politics, will serve two main purposes. One, to expand Macedonian and Balkan media space by providing an opportunity to incite debates in the field of social sciences since the on-line form is so easily accessible and two, to increase the amount of information released from the Balkans, in order to, attract a new circle of readers as well as authors. Every electronic magazine, this being no exception, has an Internet site that transcends local boundaries and enters the world of strong competition of ideas and knowledge.


International Editorial Board

  • Mirjana Maleska. Doctoral school of Political science Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje
  • Adrian Guelke. School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Nikolai Genov. Full Professor of Sociology and Head of Department of Global and Regional Development.
  • Dennis Blease. Researcher and Doctoral Candidate, Cranfield University, UK
  • Constantin Danopoulos. Department of Political Science San Hosé State University, USA
  • Charles Kupchan. Department of Government Georgetown University, USA
  • Chaim Kaufmann. College of Arts and Sciences, Department of International Relations Lehigh University, USA
  • Pal Tamas. Institute of Sociology Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
  • Lidija Petkovska - Hristova. Full Professor of Political science and Head of the Department of Political Science at the Institute for sociological, political and juridical research, “Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje”
  • Miodrag Zivanovic. Faculty of Philosophy, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Stephan E. Nikolov. Senior Fellow Researcher at the Bulgarian Academy of Science, Institute of Sociology and Assistant Professor the Neofit Rilski Southwestern University Blagoevgrad(Dept. of Law and History)
  • Jan Muś. Lecturer at the Catholic University of Lubin, Poland.
  • Aneta Cekik. Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Political science department of the Institute for sociological, political and juridical research, “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University, Skopje

Publishing Policy

The academic journal New Balkan Politics (NBP) seeks to publish original, research oriented works, relevant to the field of study. The political crises in Macedonia, jeopardizing the democratic procedures, unsolved issues with the neighboring countries, postponed negotiations with the EU and NATO, interethnic politics and its implication on the security and the stability of the country are the challenging themes for the new issue. Any other paper with comparative relevance to Macedonia and the Balkans, as well as papers in the general field of politics and ethnicity are welcomed.


Submitted papers will be peer reviewed. The language of the manuscripts is English (only by exception manuscripts in the Macedonian language will be accepted). Authors should send their papers to the scientific secretary of the journal Aneta Cekik, Ph.D at the email address:

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically in Microsoft Word Doc format; Times New Roman; 12-point. Manuscripts should not exceed 6000 words, including a 200-300 words abstract, 3 to 6 key words, references and other elements. They should begin with the title of the paper, followed by the name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation(s), correspondence address(es) and e-mail address(es). All pages should be numbered. Authors are discouraged from using figures. (If there is sufficient cause to include figures, authors must submit original electronic copies in EPS, TIF, or high-resolution JPG format. If tables are included, they must be created in Word, not Excel).
All submissions must follow the Harvard reference style.
A declaration from the author(s) affirming this is their original work should accompany the submission.
New Balkan Politics (NBP) is the first Macedonian international, peer reviewed journal in the area of Political Sciences, member of Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCO and Pro Quest. A group of eminent scholars are responsible for the launching of this journal in 2001. Its primary goal is to cover topics in the areas of political theory, ethnic and regional politics and security. NBP is published twice a year in an electronic form: New Balkan Politics (ISSN 1409-9454).


Editor in Chief:
Mirjana Maleska, Ph.D.

Doctoral School of Political Science
Ss.Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje

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