Dr Yorgos Christidis is an Assοciate Professor of Comparative Politics in the Balkans, at the Department of Balkan, Slavonic and Oriental Studies, at the University of Macedonia (Greece), and a visiting Professor at the University of Sofia. He has studied politics and international relations at Panteion University in Athens, Greece (1991), while he also holds an MA in Middle Eastern Politics (1993) and PhD in Politics (1998) from Exeter University (UK). His research interests include contemporary political history of the Balkan states, minority issues and international relations in southeastern Europe.