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Stefano Bianchini's profile

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Stefano Bianchini

Affiliation: Università degli studi di Bologna (Italy)
Full title: Professor of East European Politics and History
Address: Istituto per l'Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica della Repubblica, 88/a
47100 - Forlì - (FC) - Italy
Tel.: +39 0543 36304
Fax: +39 0543 377088


Main scientific activities

  • Stefano Bianchini is Professor of East European Politics and History at the University of Bologna, School of Political Science "R. Ruffilli", Forlì Campus; the director of the two-years Interdisciplinary Master In East European Studies (MIREES) and the member of the Scientific Board of the PhD Program in "International Co-operation and Sustainable Development" of the University of Bologna.
  • Since he is particularly involved in the internationalization program of the University, Stefano Bianchini is also the scientific co-director of the European Regional Master in Democracy and Human Rights of the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna, the director of the Institute for Studies on East Central and Balkan Europe, at the University of Bologna and Vice president of the Association for Studies of Nationalities (ASN) based at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York.
  • In the fall 2001 he has been a Visiting Fellow of the Columbia Research Institute of Scholars at Reid Hall and Maison des Science de L'Homme in Paris for an international collective research project on «Partitions and Dialogue».
  • Since 1992 he is also the central coordinator of the «Europe and the Balkans International network», one of the ancient networks established with the support of the European Commission and dealing with issues related to South East Europe and Eastern Europe.
  • Since 1995 he is the Scientific Director of the Advanced International Cervia Summer School on "Post-communist Transition and European Integration Processes" of the University of Bologna, Italy, with takes place every year with the support of the European Union and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The School has a specific program of Human Rights and political institutions, which has later generated the European Master in Sarajevo.
  • As an expert of Balkan issues and particularly on Yugoslavia and its successor states in politics, contemporary history and international relations, he attended several international meetings in Europe and United States focussed on the topics of his own concern; in this capacity, he is also an advisor of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, in the Hague and an OSCE Expert on national minorities at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Right (ODIHR) in Warsaw for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • He is Editor in Chief of the English Series on the Balkan and East-Central Europe of the «International Network Europe & the Balkans», Longo Publ. House, Ravenna. He is member of the Editorial Board of «Nationalities Papers», the journal of the Association for Studies of Nationalities, of the International Academic Board of the «Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans» and of Editorial Board of the Italian Review of Geopolitics «Limes».
  • Stefano Bianchini has been also invited as a Guest lecturer by prominent Universities as those of Harvard (John Kennedy School of Government), Yale, Drexel, Pittsburgh in the USA; at the Universities of Montréal (Canada), Paris-8 (France), European University Institute (Fiesole), Johns Hopkins University-Bologna Center, Estonian Institute of Humanities of Tallinn, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tirana, Split, Sofia, College of Management and Business Studies of Budapest, and Sussex European Institute (Brighton).

Books and other main pubblications

  • Partitions. Reshaping States and Minds (written with, Sanjay Chaturvedi, Rada Ivekovic and Ranabir Samaddar), Frank Cass, London , 2005
  • Sarajevo, le radici dell'odio. Identità e destino dei popoli balcanici, Edizioni Associate, Roma, 2003 3rd Edition, (1996, 2nd and 1993 1st Editions)
  • La Question yougoslave, Castermann, Paris, 1996 (In Italian this book under the title: La questione jugoslava, had 3 editions in 1996, 1999 and 2003; a Romanian translation - Problema iugoslava - was published in 2003 by Bic All, Bucharest)
  • 6 aprile 1941. L'attacco italiano alla Jugoslavia (written with Francesco Privitera), Marzorati, Milano, 1993
  • Tito, Stalin e i contadini, Unicopli, Milano, 1988
  • La diversità socialista in Jugoslavia, EST, Trieste, 1984
  • Nazionalismo croato e autogestione, La Pietra, Milano, 1983

Edited Books

  • Reflections of the Balkan Wars. Ten Years After the Break Up of Yugoslavia (co-edited with Jeffrey Morton, Craig Nation and Paul Forage), Palgrave, New York, 2004
  • From the Adriatic to the Caucasus: Viable Dynamics of Stabilization (co-edited with Susan L. Woodward), Longo, Ravenna, 2003
  • Post-Comunist Transition as a European Problem (co-edited with George Schöpflin and Paul Shoup), Longo, Ravenna, 2002
  • From the Adriatic to the Caucasus. The Dynamics of (De)stabilization, Longo, Ravenna, 2001
  • State Building in the Balkans. Dilemmas on the Eve of the 21st Century (co-edited with George Schöpflin), Longo, Ravenna, 1998
  • The Yugoslav Conflict and its Implications for the International Relations (co-edited with R. C. Nation), Longo, Ravenna, 1998
  • The Balkan and the Challenge of Economic Integration. Regional and European Perspectives (co-edited with Milica Uvalic), Longo, Ravenna, 1997
  • The Yugoslav War, Europe and the Balkans. How to Achieve Security ? (co-edited with Paul Shoup), Longo, Ravenna, 1995

Main recent articles

  • "The Future of Western Engagement in the Balkans" (with Paul Forage), in Jeffrey Morton, Paul Forage, Craig Nation, and Stefano Bianchini (eds.), Reflections on the Balkan Wars: Ten Years After the Break-Up of Yugoslavia, Palgrave, New York, 2004, pp. 227-244
  • "The Weakness of the State as a Source of Instability", in Slobodan Milacic (ed.), La Réinvention de l'Etat. Démocratie politique et ordre juridique en Europe centrale et orientale, Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2003, pp. 307-331
  • "Post-Communism, Post-Westfalianism. Overcoming the Nation-State", in Stefano Bianchini, George Schöpflin and Paul Shoup (eds.), Post-Communist Transition as a European Problem, Longo, Ravenna, 2002, pp. 185-201
  • "Relations between East European Countries: the Balkan Federation (1942-1949)", in Antonio Varsori and Elena Calandri (eds.), The Failure of Peace in Europe, 1943-1948, Palgrave, London, 2002, pp. 197-210
  • "Political Legitimacy and «Weak States»", in Stefano Bianchini (ed.), From the Adriatic to the Caucasus: The Dynamics of (De)Stabilization, CeMISS-Longo, Ravenna, 2001, pp.179-195 and Conclusions, pp. 239-251
  • "Political Culture and Democratization in the Balkans", in Geoffrey Pridham and Tom Gallagher (eds.), Experimenting with Democracy. Regime Change in the Balkans, Routledge, London, 2000, pp. 65-83
  • "The Cultural Scope of Balkan Security", in Stephen J. Blank, Mediterranean Security Into the Coming Millennium, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle PA, 1999, pp. 193-220
  • "The Changing Notion of Self-Determination. Global Repercussion for the International Community", in Henry H. Huttenbach and Francesco Privitera (eds.), Self-Determination. From Versailles to Dayton. Its Historical Legacy, Longo, Ravenna, 1999, pp. 145-167

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