The 15 July abortive coup and post-truth politics in Turkey, by Hakkı Taş, available here
Unrecognized states as a means of coercive diplomacy? Assessing the role of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Russia’s foreign policy in the South Caucasus by Emil Aslan Souleimanov, Eduard Abrahamyan & Huseyn Aliyev, available here
Issue 17(4) Special Issue: The National Politics of EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans
This special issue, guest edited by Rosa Balfour, Corina Stratulat, James Ker-Lindsay and Ioannis Armakolas, considers “The National Politics of EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans”. Following a conceptualizing introductory article by Ker-Lindsay, Armakolas, Balfour and Stratulat, each subsequent article of the issue considers one EU member country’s perspective on EU enlargement to the Western Balkans, highlighting the effects of domestic political concerns and national politics on state-level attitudes. The issue includes the following case study articles: Germany (by Theresia Töglhofer and Cornelius Adebahr), France (by Natasha Wunsch), the United Kingdom (by James Ker-Lindsay), Italy (by Andrea Frontini and Davide Denti), Hungary (by Beata Huszka), Greece (by Ioannis Armakolas and Giorgos Triantafyllou) and Cyprus (by Isabelle Ioannides). As the abstract of the introductory article of the issue points out, each country study “shows that there are in fact a wide variety of factors that shape individual member state attitudes towards enlargement… include[ing] economic and commercial goals, ties to the region and to individual accession states, concerns over immigration, general foreign policy priorities and national ideological approaches towards the future shape and orientation of the European Union”. The issue therefore provides a rare contribution to the discussion on EU enlargement to the Western Balkans.
The latest issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now available online. This issue contains diverse articles and book reviews. Cristiano Bee & Ayhan Kaya contributed a detailed articled titled “Between practices and demands: ambiguities, controversies and constraints in the emergence of active citizenship in Turkey”. Vasile Rotaru & Miruna Troncotă also co-authored the article “Continuity and change in instrumentalizing ‘The Precedent’. How Russia uses Kosovo to legitimize the annexation of Crimea”. Gianfranco Brusaporci’s contribution to this issue is “The impact of EU multi-level regionalism strategy on Bulgarian local authorities: qualitative comparative analysis among nine border areas”. Further articles include “A painful break or agony without end? The stateness problem and its influence on democratization in Croatia and Serbia” by Filip Milačić, as well as the “Quality of democracy in unrecognized states: lessons from Northern Cyprus” by Direnç Kanol & Nur Köprülü. There are two Kosovo-centered pieces encompassed in the issue, namely “Issues of local ownership in Kosovo’s security sector” by Florian Qehaja & Iztok Prezelj and Shqipe Mjekiqi’s questioning examination of “How do MPs in Kosovo develop constituency links? A comparison of MPs’ behaviour under closed-list and open-list PR electoral systems”. Moreover, Ionela Vlase & Ana Maria Preoteasa contributed an article on “Romanians’ current perception of threat from immigrants in a context of co-ethnic migration: assessing the role of intergroup conflict and active/passive contact”, while “Between national and European foreign policy: the role of Latvia and Romania in the EU’s policy towards Central Asia” was written by Fabienne Bossuyt. The issue includes the historic overview article “Monitoring the rise of a radical force: the British Embassy in Athens and the Ascent of the Greek Panhellenic Socialist Movement, 1974–1981” written by Lykourgos Kourkouvelas. This newest issue is also comprised by various book reviews, such as Tamara Pavasović Trošt’s take on the book “Divided we stand: discourses on identity in ‘First’ and ‘Other’ Serbia. Social construction of the Self and the Other”. Andrew Wachtel has also written a review on “Post-Yugoslav constellations: archive, memory, and trauma in contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian literature and culture”. This issue ends with Jasmin Mujanović’s contribution regarding the “The Europeanisation of citizenship governance in South-East Europe”.
Issue 17(2) Special Issue: Diverse Perspectives on Jewish Life in Southeast Europe: the Holocaust and Beyond
This special issue, edited by Giorgos Antoniou, Kateřina Králová and Marija Vulesica, highlights the diversity of perspectives on Jewish life in Southeast Europe. Kateřina Králová introduces the volume before Andreas Guidi’s historical piece, “Defining inter-communality between documents, tradition and collective memory: Jewish and non-Jewish capital and labor in early twentieth century Rhodes”. Tobias Blumel’s contribution examines the phenomenon of “Antisemitism as political theology in Greece”. Also Greece-related, Leon Saltiel analysed “Mother–son correspondence as a source of Jewish everyday life under persecution in Thessaloniki”. The issue includes Rumyana Marinova-Christidi’s discussion about “The Bulgarian Jews and Bulgarian-Israeli relations (1948–1990)”. Moreover Emil Kerenji has written a piece on “The Federation of Jewish Communities and American Jewish humanitarian aid in Yugoslavia” and Kateřina Králová addresses another issue of Greek–Jewish relations by examining post-war Greece in the experience of Jewish partisans. This issue ends with Zoltán Tibori-Szabó’s contribution regarding the “Memorialization of the Holocaust in Transylvania during the early post-war period”.
The first 2017 issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies includes a diverse selection of articles regarding the Balkan region and Turkey. George Mavrommatis has written a piece about “The Greek migrant integration policy and its transformation during the crisis” and Filip Ejdus & Mina Božović have examined the topics of grammar, power and content in their article about “Securitization of the 2010 Belgrade Pride Parade”. The region of Turkey is a special section of this issue, with an introduction provided by Cristiano Bee & Ayhan Kaya about the “Determinants of young people’s civic and political participation in Turkey”. Volkan Yılmaz analyses “youth welfare policy in Turkey in comparative perspective” through the case of ‘’Denied Youth Citizenship’’ and Emre Erdoğan & Pınar Uyan-Semerci raise the question of whether being young matters in Turkish society in their piece about “young citizen’s political participation in Turkey”. Stavroula Chrona & Tereza Capelos examine in their article “The political psychology of participation in Turkey”, while Suna Gökçe-Kızılkaya & Özge Onursal-Beşgül turn to “Youth participation in local politics” through city councils and youth assemblies in Turkey. Also in this issue Didem Çakmaklı has written a piece on the “Rights and obligations in civil society organizations in Turkey” and last but not least, Cristiano Bee & Ayhan Kaya focus on “Youth and active citizenship in Turkey”. Outside the theme of Turkey, This issue also features four thorough book reviews. Robert J. Donia writing about “The Ottoman Empire and the Bosnian Uprising: Janissaries, modernization and rebellion in the nineteenth century”; Ekavi Athanassopoulou considering “Turkey’s entente with Israel & Azerbaijan: state identity and security in the Middle East and Caucasus”; Anna Calori on “Nations and citizens in Yugoslavia and the post-Yugoslav States – one hundred years of citizenship”; and finally Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos reviewing “Economic crisis and civil society in Greece: new forms of engagement & ‘deviations’ from the past”.
The most recent issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now available online. This time a special issue, edited by Kerem Öktem & Karabekir Akkoyunlu, both of the Centre of Southeast European Studies, Graz. It focuses on “Exit from Democracy: Illiberal Governance in Turkey and Beyond”, and you can read the editors’ introduction here. Murat Somer contributes a piece about “Understanding Turkey’s democratic breakdown: old vs. new and indigenous vs. global authoritarianism” and the editors of the issue Kerem Öktem & Karabekir Akkoyunlu have written an article on “Existential insecurity and the making of a weak authoritarian regime in Turkey”. Moreover, the issue includes a piece by Cengiz Günay & Vedran Dzihic on decoding the authoritarian code in Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia, an article by David White & Marc Herzog that examines “State capacity in the context of electoral authoritarianism, regime formation and consolidation in Russia and Turkey”, and work from Orçun Selçuk concerning “populism in Turkey, Venezuela and Ecuador” as well as Bilge Yabanci’s piece about Populism as “the problem child of democracy.” Ahmet Erdi Öztürk and Demet Lüküslü have contributed two interesting articles that analyze the “AKP party’s policies.” The issue also includes pieces concerning the Kurdish issue in articles by Omer Tekdemir on “Conflict and reconciliation between Turks and Kurds” and Michiel Leezenberg – “The ambiguities of democratic autonomy: the Kurdish movement in Turkey and Rojava”.
The newest issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now available online. This issue includes a diverse selection of articles addressing the full region of Southeast Europe and the Black Sea. Bilge Yabanci contributed a piece on the (Il)legitimacy of EU state building: local support and contention in Kosovo, even more relevant given Britain’s EU Referendum and ongoing uncertainty about the future of the EU in supporting state building efforts. In a similar vein, Agnieszka K. Cianciara examined ‘Europeanization’ as a legitimation strategy of political parties: the cases of Ukraine and Georgia. Also EU- related, Cristian Nitoiu analysed EU-Russia Relations in light of the Ukraine crisis. The issue also includes Marija Milenkovska & Frosina Taševska Remenski discussing FYROM after the 2001 conflict, especially relevant due to ongoing political unrest and uncertainty. Angeliki Andrea Kanavou addresses another ongoing conflict by examining Cyprus through the lens of ambiguity theory. Finally, James Meernik, Nenad Golcevski, Melissa McKay, Ayal Feinberg, Kimi King & Roman Krastev write on truth, justice, and education, and reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia. The issue also includes two book reviews, the first by Dimitris Sotiropoulos on Children of the dictatorship: student resistance, cultural politics, and the ‘long 1960s’ in Greece and the second by Evanthis Hatzivassiliou on Periphery of contact zone? The NATO flanks 1961 to 2013.
The second issue of 2016 of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is available online now. This issue includes a wide variety of articles on a number of relevant themes, including Syrian refugees in Turkey, by Ayselin Yıldız & Elif Uzgören. Other timely pieces on Turkey are contributed by Ayhan Kaya, who wrote on The Alevi-Bektashi order in Turkey: syncreticism transcending national borders, and Jakub Wódka, whose article examines transnational cooperation of Turkish political parties as a tool of Europeanization. Also focusing on Turkey, Nikos Moudouros analysed Turkey’s ‘Islamic’ vision in Cyprus. Ali Çarkoğlu & Gitta Glüpker-Kesebir contributed a piece comparing public attitudes on EU membership in candidate countries, looking at the cases of Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey from 2004 to 2011.The issue also includes Nino Pokleba‘s discussion of civil society in Georgia, and a contribution from Stefano Braghiroli & Andrey Makarychev looking at Russia and its European supporters. Finally, the issue included three thorough book reviews: Thanos Veremis on Aid in transition: EU development cooperation with Russia & Eurasia, Dimitris Sotiropoulos on Civil society and transitions in the western Balkans and Alexandros Nafpliotis on Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974–1979: the second enlargementc
Issue 16(1) – Special Issue: The Ukranian Crisis: Sub-State and Non-State Actors
The newest issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now available online. It is a special issue, edited by Tracey German and Emmanuel Karagiannis, both of King’s College London. The issue’s focus is on the Ukranian Crisis: Sub-State and Non-State Actors, and the editors’ introduction is available here. Laura Cleary contributes a piece on ‘hybrid civil society’ and Tetyana Malyarenko & David J. Galbreath on paramilitary motivation. In addition, the issue includes a piece by Stylianos A. Sotiriou on destabilising factors, an article by Ivan D. Loshkariov & Andrey A. Sushentsov that examines the radicalisation of Russians in Ukraine, and work from Igor Istomin & Irina Bolgova on the the rise and failure of ‘dual alignment.’ Anna Mateeva analyses identity polarization and guerrilla movements in Donbass and Vladimir Rauta discusses the outcomes of using non-state actors in civil conflicts. The two editors contribute articles as well: Emmanuel Karagiannis on ‘ideas, political-social norms and emotions as mobilization mechanisms’ for Ukranian volunteer fighters and Tracey German on ‘Russia and South Ossetia: conferring statehood or creeping annexation?’
Issue 15(4) – Special Section ‘Dayton at twenty: towards new politics in Bosnia-Herzegovina’
Southeast European and Black Sea Studies’ fourth issue of 2015 is now available online. In includes a special section inspired by the 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia in 1995. The section is entitled ‘Dayton at twenty: towards new politics in Bosnia-Herzegovina’ and is edited by Andrew Gilbert & Jasmin Mujanović, who provide an introducion to the section. Contributors to the special section include Asim Mujkić on democratic counter-power, Larisa Kurtović on the 2014 Bosnian Uprising, Eric Gordy on the role of the Annex 4 Constitution and Danijela Majstorović, Zoran Vučkovac & Anđela Pepić on Europeanisation discourse.
The newest issue also includes a number of other timely pieces, including analysis of the Common European Asylum System in Bulgaria by Nevena Nancheva, Islam in the post-Communist Balkans by Arolda Elbasani & Olivier Roy, and religiosity and tolerance in Turkey by Nazlı Çağın Bilgili. Elvin Gjevori contributes a piece on military reform in Albania, Behlül Özkan writes on Cyprus in Turkish foreign policy, and Esra Cuhadar, Orkun Genco Genc & Andreas Kotelis look at Greek-Turkish conflict resolution. Finally, the issue also includes discussion of institutional change in Ukraine by Ryhor Nizhnikau and an institutional approach to informal economy by Colin C. Williams & Ioana A. Horodnic.
Issue 15(3) – Special Section ‘Localising moralities: power and temporality in Southeastern Europe’
The third issue of 2015 of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies includes a special section entitled ‘Localising moralities: power and temporality in Southeastern Europe,’ guest edited by Jelena Tošić and Sabine Strasser.Their introduction is available here, and the section includes contributions from Ståle Knudsen on international capital, charitable giving and the politics of education in Turkey and from Rozita Dimova on transgressing law and morality. Jelenic Tošić also contributes an article on vernacular mobility and and genealogies of urbanity in the Albanian city of Shkodra. The third issue also includes original articles by Osman Sabri Kiratli on European integration policy in Turkey, Gul M. Kurtoglu Eskisar & Aysegul Komsuoglu on the transformative power of EU reforms in tackling corruption in the Balkans, and Çiğdem Kentmen-Çin on protest participation in Turkey, compared with EU patterns. Anton Oleinik also contributes an article on the ‘value of freedom’ in the Ukranian context, Nicoleta Maria Ienciu & Ionel-Alin Ienciu write on brain drain in Central and Eastern Europe, and Mihaela Grubišić Šeba analyses transport infrastructure in Croatia in terms of public/private partnerships.
Issue 15(2) – Special Issue on ‘Global and regional repercussions of the Ukrainian crisis’
The newest issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is a special issue entitled ‘Global and regional repercussions of the Ukrainian crisis,’ and edited by ELIAMEP Research Fellow Panagiota Manoli. It is prefaced by Ino Afentouli, and then introduced by the guest editor. The contributions are based on papers delivered by a conference organised by ELIAMEP in January entitled ‘Back to the Cold War or forward to a stable relationship?’ and supported by NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The articles include a piece by Alexey Gromyko on Russia/EU relations in an era of polycentricity, Sharyl Cross on NATO-Russia security challenges and Theodoros Tsakiris, also a Research Fellow of ELIAMEP, on regional energy concerns. Hanna Shelest also contributes a piece on Russia’s role in Ukraine, Stephen Blockmans analyses the governance gap in the Black Sea and the quest for energy and military hegemony and Nadia Arbatova discusses security relations in the region.
The first 2015 issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now online. This issue includes a variety of pieces, including work by Cengiz Erisen who discusses the influence of incidentally raised emotions on political interest and threat perception with respect to the Syria crisis. Angelos-Stylianos Chryssogelos analyses the effects of a polarised two-party political system in Greece on Turkey’s EU candidacy, while Nikolaos Karampekios discusses Greece’s policy in the European Defence Agency. The Finance Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, contributes work on labour supply in conditions of high unemployment, and Michal Mochtak writes on election-related violence in the post-communist context of Montenegro. Finally, Yiorgos Ioannidis discusses the Greek tax system from 1995-2008, shedding light on the current crisis.
Issue 14(4) – Special section on 1990 elections in Bosnia & Herzegovina
The newest issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now available online. In this issue, Florian Bieber edited a special section discussing the 1990 founding elections in Bosnia and Herzegovinia, which led to an overwhelming victory for the three ethno-nationalist parties. Within the special section, Damir Kapidžić contributed a piece on the interaction of electoral system design and ethnic structure of society, Boriša Mraović discusses electoral incentives and ethnic mobilisation and Nenad Stojanović addresses the question of why non-nationalist voters supported ethno-nationalist parties. Also in this issue, Andrea Pelliccia examines the phenomenon of Greek student mobility in Italy, Eda Kuşku-Sönmez looks into the role Black Sea cities can play in regional integration strategies, and Suzette R. Grillot & Rebecca J. Cruise argue that despite official reconciliation efforts at an elite level, the general public in Albania, Croatia and FYROM have not made the same progress toward trust and sense of community. Finally, an article co-authored by Emil Souleimanov, Maya Ehrmann & Huseyn Aliyev focuses on the role of Iranian influence in strengthening the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Israel, arguing that security threats from Iran, as well as mutually beneficial economic incentives contribute to the Azerbaijani-Israeli partnership. The issue also includes a review of Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to War in 1914 by Editorial Board member Thanos Veremis, and a review essay by Rebecca Bryant on unrecognised states and the struggle for sovereignty.
The new issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now available online. Stefano Bianchini revisits international development assistance to Southeast Europe and makes the case for a post-functionalist approach. Igor Delanoe reviews the Russian naval power in light of the Crimean crisis. James Meernik and Jose Raul Guerrero analyse the ICTY’s potential for contributing to reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia. Nora Ratzmann examines the social protection system of Moldova. Finally, Burcin Ulug-Eryilmaz challenges the premise of the ‘europeanization’ of Turkish foreign policy through an analysis of the Cyprus problem. The issue also includes reviews of books recently authored by Joseph Nye, Elissa Helms and George Kassimeris.
Issue 14(2) deals with issues such as Turkey’s foreign policy and the impact of popular protests in authoritarian regimes. Ioannis Grigoriadis questions Turkey’s intension to play a key regional role due to future significant risks. Dilek Barlas and Yonca Köksal explore relations between Turkey and Bulgaria during the Inter-war period of 1923–1934 and its effects on the Turkish minority living in Bulgaria. Nebojša Vladisavljević explores the effects that popular protests have on the structure and operation of authoritarian regimes focusing mostly on the cases of Poland and Yugoslavia.
Half of the issue is devoted to Political Transformation and Social Change in South Caucasus. The authors tackle issues such as the impact of religion on political attitudes in South Caucasus, the development of civil society in the region, online media in Armenia and free expression, educational choices and educational reform and democratization.
Volume 14, Issue 1 of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies deals with significant issues such as human rights activism and transitional justice in the post-communist world, discussed by Brian Grodsky, the EU’s transformative power and the role of Turkish civil society in a piece by Selcen Öner, citizenship policies in Montenegro by Jelena Dzankic, EU accession and party competition in post-communist Romania analysed by Cristina Chiva, Europeanization among Moldavian immigrants by Silvia Marcu and the role of academics in Turkey’s politics, written by Yunus Emre. The issue includes reviews by Ada Dialla of Internal colonization: Russia’s imperial experience by Alexander Etkind, Ioannis N. Grigoriadis of The constitutional system of Turkey: 1876 to present by Ergun Özbudum and Dimitris Livanios of State nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey. Orthodox and Muslims, 1830–1945 edited by Benjamin Fortna, Stefanos Katsikas, Dimitris Kamouzis & Paraskevas Konortas.
The newest issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is available online now. In this issue, Ersin Kalaycioglu discusses Turkish party system leaders, Effie Fokas provides a case study of immigrant welfare in one town in Greece, Milenko Petrovic & Nicholas Ross Smith analyse the future EU enlargement prospects for the Western Balkans, in light of Croatian, Bulgarian and Romanian membership and Nevenka Čučković, Krešimir Jurlin & Valentina Vučković examine the regional competitiveness of areas of Croatia. In addition, Lois Labrianidis & Nikos Vogiatzis discuss the mutually reinforcing relationship between international migration of highly educated labour force and economic crisis in Greece. This issue also includes reviews of works by Alexandros Nafpliotis, Michael Mitsopoulos & Theodore Pelagidis, Arolda Elbasani, John Bew, and Pantelis Sklias & Nikolaos Tzifakis.
Volume 13, Issue 3 of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now available. This issue includes a special section entitled ‘Sustaining engagement? On symmetries and asymmetries in Greek–Turkish relations,’ introduced and edited by Nora Fisher Onar & Othon Anastasakis. Within this section, Kristin Fabbe looks at the historical legacy of state consolidation in terms of religious pluralism in both states, Konstantinos Tsitselikis critically examines immigration and rights, with a focus on Greece and open areas for cooperation, Dimitrios Gkintidis writes on elite representations of Greek-Turkish relations in the border region of Evros, while Nora Fisher Onar & Max Watson discuss the role of Greece and Turkey in the political economy of Southeast Europe in our current decade. Volume 3 also includes three articles on Turkey, by Sinem Akgul Acikmese on EU conditionality and the desecuritisation nexus, by Faidon Zaras on institutional change and the limits of Europeanisation in light of other factors, and by Özge Zihnioğlu on the effectiveness of the EU’s ‘Civil Society Policy’ for promoting democracy. Furthermore, Zhidas Daskalovski discusses census taking and inter-ethnic relations in FYROM and Vahram Ter-Matevosyan examines Georgia and Azerbaijan’s procesess of framing national security objectives. Finally, the issue includes reviews written by Bernard Adams, Eleftheria Manta, Dionysios Chourchoulis, Nikos Apostolopoulos, and Arolda Elbasani.
The 2nd Issue of Volume 13 of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is now available online. It is a special issue focusing on migration, transnationalism and development in the South-East Europe and the Black Sea region, edited and introduced by Russell Kingab, Maja Povrzanović Frykmanc & Julie Vullnetari. Trasnational mobility is examined in a variety of context, including Eastern European migrants in Italy by Eralba Cela, Tineke Fokkema & Elena Ambrosetti, Moldovans abroad by Gabriela Tejada, Vitalie Varzari & Sergiu Porcescu and networks between Ukraine and Germany by Anna Amelina. Bruno Meeus looks into welfare through migrat work in the case of Romanians, Bojana Babić discusses the migration–development nexus in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bashkim Iseni contributes a piece on Albanian-speakers in Switzerland. Ivaylo Markov looks closely at patterns of remittances and social networks among Albanians from FYROM. Finally, two articles discuss the case of Greece: Domna Michail looks at social development and transnational households of Albanian immigrants in Greece during the economic crisis, and Jennifer Clarke examines migrant organisations in Greece in a comparative with the UK and the Netherlands.
The 1st Issue of Volume 13 of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies is available now. This issue contains a variety of articles discussing Europeanisation and the EU in Southeast Europe. Apostolos Agnantopoulos explains Greek support for Turkey’s EU Accession, and Ritsa Panagiotou looks at how the enlargement prospects of the Western Balkans will be affected by the Greek crisis. In addition, Jana Grittersová analyses the international dimensions of democratisation in Slovakia and Croatia, and Sokol Dedja discusses Europeanisation and efforts to curb irregular migration in the case of Albania. The issue also includes book reviews written by Spyros Blavoukos, Thanos Veremis, J.W. Christian Schuster, Christian Axboe Nielsen, Fotini Bellou, Eleni Mahaira-Odoni, Theodore Couloumbis, Vladimir Petrović, and Dacia Viejo-Rose.
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