Submit an Article or a Book Review to Southeastern Europe!

We are particularly interested in contributions from a range of contexts and perspectives – political science, history, sociology, law, anthropology, cultural studies – which deal with the region from a national, regional or international perspective.

Articles should begin with an abstract, include up to eight keywords, and should not normally exceed 9,000 words.Book Reviews (800-1,000 words) can also be broadened into Review Essays (2,000 words) from the comparison of two or more books on the same topic or from the same author.

Points to be considered while submitting an article:

  1. Title: Give an attractive good title.  The title should reflect the sum total of the article.
  2. 2. Language: Use clear and simple language.
  3. Presentation: Present the article in a neat manner.  It should be neatly typed.  A clumsy presentation will spoil the total outlook of the article.  Ensure that the flow of the language is smooth.
  4. Good format: Present it in a convenient format.  Include appropriate references.  Ensure you present the correct facts.  Mention sources while presenting statistical data.  If necessary include pictorial representation like graphs.  That will make your article very understandable.  Pictorial representation invokes the interest of the viewer.  If you are looking for the best tips for making a catchy article, see it here.
  5. Cover letter: An article must be submitted with a cover letter.  It is enough to mention in the cover letter that you are submitting an article.  Do not waste time giving the inputs once again in the cover letter.  The viewer will refer directly to your article for knowing the details.
  6. Don’t: Do not have a closed-minded setup.  Be open for rejections.  When there are suggestions for improvement, accept them.  If you differ, politely explain the reasons.

Also, when you submit an article, do not expect the outcome on the very next day.  One has to understand that there will be many such entries.  Hence give reasonable time for the viewer to get back to you.

  1. Avoid procrastination: When submitting an article, do not postpone things.  You might think that you have enough time to complete everything.  But practically you need lots of time to complete the article neatly.  So postponing things will result in rushing up.  Thus, the end product will be bad in shape.
  2. Avoid plagiarism: Plagiarism will hamper your opportunities and growth.  Totally avoid plagiarism.  It will create a bad impression and spoil your prospects.

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PECOB calls for papers!

Interested contributors may deal with any topic focusing on the political, economic, historical, social or cultural aspects of a specific country or region covered by PECOB.

Read on to know the best Tips for providing a good scientific proposal:

  1. Selection of the subject: Select an interesting subject.  It should be something innovative.  If it is related to the need of the hour then it will be appreciated more.  Hence ensure that your proposal relates to meeting utility.
  2. Be practical: Practicability is very important in creating a successful scientific proposal.    When your proposal is very attractive and related to the latest technology and does not have feasibility, it would be a failed proposal.
  3. Be precise: Do not make your proposal very lengthy.  But precision should not be at the cost of clarity.  With the existing content, the audience should be able to find more info.
  4. Plan your proposal layout: Your proposal layout must be well-planned.  A proposal without proper planning would look clumsy.  Ensure that the structure of the proposal flows neatly without any deviation.
  5. Exclude simplicity: You need not break down all minute details and try to make the proposal very simple.  Since the target audience level is complex, you can make the proposal rich.
  6. Illustrate: Include more illustrations.  The more you substantiate using real-life examples, experiments and statistics, the proposal will be more catchy.
  7. Critical Review: After you complete the proposal, get a critical review from a few of your friends.
  8. Follow the instructions: Whenever you are submitting scientific proposals for specific needs, check with the source to which you are going to submit the proposal.  Make sure you follow all the instructions.  Especially make sure you meet all the eligibility criteria.  Important requirements like copyright compliance have to be met correctly.
  9. Proofread: Once the rough draft and critical review are complete, make the corrections and prepare the final review.  Proofread the proposal and make the necessary rectifications.  Once the proposal is perfectly ready, you can proceed with the submission process.


Following all the above steps will ensure that you prepare an attractive proposal.

Potential contributors must submit a short abstract (200-300 words) and the full text, which can be in English as well as any language from the countries covered by PECOB.

Upcoming deadlines for submitting proposals are:

January 31st, 2011
June 30th, 2011
November 30th, 2011


Guida ai paesi dell’Europa centrale orientale e balcanica

A single volume written entirely by Italians on Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, this yearbook is an essential source of consultation, clear and concise, written by leading experts in the field. It includes 24 country sections, from Russia to Turkey, as well as Greece, Cyprus and the European republics of the former Soviet Union, which describe the major political and economic features of each country as well its international relations, and in addition provides a chronology of the most important events.

Eastern parts of Europe is an area that envelops various societies, ethnicities, dialects, and historic elements. Gathering these nations within a solitary assignment can at times be hazardous; specialists, researchers, and those residing there name sections of the area as per fluctuating arrangements of criteria, and warmed discussions have been known to emit when a gathering has experienced that a specific nation has not been categorized properly. Notwithstanding, it’s critical to perceiving that the nations comprehensively delegated being a piece of Eastern area of Europe have a common aspect; they were the ones that initiated the Iron Curtain prior to its fall, and this limit of the previous century encourages us to characterize a district whose advancement, particularly till the 1990s, has been altogether varying from the Western part of Europe.

It’s reasonable for a few nations whose national personalities were so quelled in the tyrant routines; to feel sick of being partnered with an aspect that they think is obsolete and which unjustifiably connects them with different nations from whom they would preferably separate themselves. In any case, it’s a great post to read, in all actuality Eastern part of Europe and the sub-locales is a social, geological, and historic spot, and this area commands the district while recognizing the distinctions of every sub-area and every country inside that sub-locale.

The essays preceding the country sections analyze the causes, evolution and consequences of the international financial-economic crisis which hit the region extremely hard, with significant social and political as well as economic repercussions. The worrying developments assumed by the context in terms of the prospects and stability of global and national financial systems make this yearbook even more important and useful.The Guide is thus a work providing information and critical analysis which, year after year since 1998, updates readers in the form of an essential and basic tool for all those who desire or need, for purposes of work or simple interest, to know the major developments in this part of Europe.

“Europe and the Balkans” International Network

The “Europe and the Balkans” International Network was established by 12 scholars from 4 countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Greece and Denmark) in 1993, thanks to the financial support of the European Commission (Human Capital and Mobility Program).

Since then, the Network has greatly expanded and currently includes over 250 scholars from 36 European countries, the United States and Canada.

The Network has a flexible structure and is coordinated by the Institute for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe.

In looking at the political and monetary direction of the Western Balkan region through this website, consideration has been centered around the relationship with the EU (European Union). There are the financial, conciliatory and social associations that have been set up between the area and different rising economies. A portion of these associations is restoring ancient connections, for example, ones with Russia. The rest are fresher comparatively, for example, China, and speak to new wellsprings of financial advancement and political open doors for the district. Associations extend from interests in vital ventures, pipeline advancements and foundation extends that interface the Balkan promontory with the Central parts of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East to activities that are apparently increasingly unconstrained in character.


The EU has close and near connections with the nations in the Western region of the Balkans. It means to anchor prosperous, steady, and well-working social orders on an enduring way towards EU mix. The situations for setting up legally binding relations with these nations were initially set up during 1997. It was affirmed that the nations belonging to this region might be qualified for EU enrollment in case they had the criteria set up during 1993. The assurance of the European Council to completely and adequately bolster the Western parts of the Balkans on their way for joining the European Union was repeated during 2003.


During 2006, the European Council insisted the requirement for reasonable and thorough regulations in accordance with the Copenhagen criteria, the adjustment, and affiliation procedures and the restored agreement on conceding fresh nations to the European Union. Serbia and Montenegro have begun participation dialogues among them.


As per the CSDP (Common Security and Defense Policy), the European Union holds a major and fundamental supporting job in balancing out Herzegovina and Bosnia, via a military-driven accomplishment. Inside the Stabilization and Association procedure, local participation and great neighborly connections are basic for steadiness and the area’s progressing compromise procedures.

SUMMER SCHOOL “Intensive Course On Diversity Management” At The Vytautas Magnus University Of Kaunas

With the co-financement of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme – ERASMUS – Intensive Programme (IP)

Call for application is open for the second edition of the Erasmus Intensive Programme on Diversity Managment which will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, from July 10th to July 23rd, 2012.

The course is designed for 35 students and 15 teachers coming from 5 different European universities.

The overall aim of the course…

It is centered around the globalization of the overall economic status and the distribution of worldwide organizations carried another turn into the idea, in that management of diversity need not exclusively allude to the variety of the workforce in a nation yet to the synthesis of workforce crosswise over nations.


It alludes to authoritative activities that intend to advance more noteworthy incorporation of workers from various foundations into an association’s framework via explicit approaches and projects. Associations are receiving management of diversity methodologies as a reaction to the developing variety of working labor across the globe.


Headways in innovation currently enable organizations to contract and oversee workers from across the globe and in various time frames. Organizations are structuring explicit projects and arrangements to improve representative consideration, advancement, and maintenance of workers who are from various foundations and societies. The projects and approaches are intended to make an inviting situation for gatherings that needed access to work and progressively rewarding employment previously.


Various Sorts:

The underlying is the different kinds of managing diversity:



It points to dealing with a labor force that includes residents or foreigners in a solitary national setting. The variety procedures center around giving business chances to minor gatherings or late workers. See here, for instance, a French organization might actualize approaches and projects with the point of enhancing affect ability and giving work to minor ethnic gatherings in the nation.



It alludes to dealing with a labor force that involves subjects from various nations. It might include workers from various nations who are looking for business. A model is a US related organization with offices in China, Korea, and Canada. The organization will build up diversified projects and strategies that can be applied in its US home office and abroad workplaces. The primary test of this type is that the actual organization needs to think about the authoritative and social laws in the hosting nations it works in, contingent upon where the representatives reside.

18th CEI International Summer School Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood

The Background

The 18th edition of the CEI International Summer School “Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood” will take place in Cervia, from Sunday 2nd to Saturday 15th September 2012.

Education is important for any individual. Not just the classroom, every single scenario, and circumstance teaches something to the individuals. The objective of the summer school programme is to impart creativity and to motivate the students to fly high and achieve big. The International student’s summit aims to promote intercultural relationship among the students of different nationalities. They organize different activities for students like paper presentations, seminars, and debates. Last year, when the event took place, a young aspirant came up the composition for the natural supplement, Arthrolon. This event serves a platform for experimenting and researching new stuff. We are planning to send invitation emails to a number of Universities across Europe. Accommodation and food are provided for the participants for lower costs. It is advised to register the names before the stipulated time period. All the articles that are sent would be carefully examined by our reputed scholars and a few outstanding papers would be selected for live presentation. Even funding would be allocated for the students who come up with exceptionally good abstract. We delightfully welcome sponsors and volunteers.

Since 1995 the “Europe and the Balkans International Network – Centre for Eastern European and Balkan Studies”, established by the University of Bologna, has been organising a yearly Summer School for post-graduate students from Eastern Europe and from the European Union. Up to the ninth edition, held in 2003, the School was entitled “Post-Communist Transition and European Integration Processes”. Starting from 2004 the School has the title: “Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood”. This title change is explained by the enlargement of the EU towards ten East European Countries in 2004, seven of them belonging to the CEI area that represents the conclusion of the so called “post-communist transition”, at least for this part of Eastern Europe. The recent policy of the EU on “Greater Europe and the new neighbourhood” offers new rooms for an interaction between the CEI and the EU strategic goals, and this will be taken into serious consideration in the School programmes as well as in the selection of the students.

Centro per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica

The “Centro” was founded in 1996 by the University of Bologna and the Municipality of Bologna, with the active participation of the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Emilia Romagna Regional Government, the Municipalities of Forlì, Cesena and Cervia and the Carisbo Foundation. In 2002 the “Centro” was transformed into a consortium of the University of Bologna and IECOB (the Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica).

The main objective of the establishment of centro and the collaboration is to set up a good rapport with the research scholars and lectures of different universities across Europe. Centro aims to minimize the cultural gap among the students of varied European nationalities. The University of Bologne is one of the oldest and the most reputed universities in Europe and is the right place to set up the association. Student exchange programs, international seminars, lectures, and presentations are highly motivated among the university grads. This offers numerous benefits to the students. Learning about other cultures is the huge benefit of exchange programs. The students live like locals and learn to survive in an extremely different place. It gives an opportunity for the students to engross themselves in a particular foreign language and culture.

Regular guest lectures and seminars are organized by Centro to make the students aware of the new technologies, innovations and newer medicines like Sliminazer. Paper presentations and other competitions like article submission take place in regional and international level to bring in the best out of the aspiring minds. Awards and rewards are sponsored by Centro. They do charity work too. They arrange funds and loans to the financially less fortunate students. They collect funds to set up new buildings and laboratory inside the premises of the university. Alumni meetings take place every year, organized by Centro and it is absolute fun to reunite with old buddies.

Centro organizes cultural events every year. Invitations are sent to different universities across Europe and hundreds of students actively participate in dance, singing, skit, and drama. It sets a platform for the students to exhibit their talents and skills. Centro performs an extraordinary job of uniting student of different nationalities and cultures together. It is a bliss to the students.

Every year the election take a place in Centro for various positions.

Currently, Stefano Bianchini is the Centre’s president and Francesco Privitera is its director.

Journal Southeastern Europe

Table of contents

  • What is a democracy?

The word ‘democracy’ is derived from the Greek word, which means ‘people’. It is a form of government that gives more power to the people. The key aspects of democracy are as follows:

  • The Government is framed based on fair elections where people cast their vote for the deserving candidates.
  • People actively participate in political and civic life.
  • Every citizen of the country should be treated equally. No discrimination should be there.
  • Laws are framed to protect the basic human rights.


In a democracy, people are the highest form of authority. Elections are held at regular intervals and the ruling party cannot extend their terms by themselves. The election commission looks after the election activities and finalizes election date. The various political parties can devise their own policies that favor the overall development of the country and the people. They debate socio-economic issues and other political issues and participate in the campaign during elections. Every citizen is obliged to obey the law and policies frame by the lawmakers. Such laws are impartial and the law body is an independent component and it is not influenced by other Government entities. People also have every right to choose and practice their favorite religion and enjoy their own culture. The citizens can do what they want to do and have the right to copyright their innovations and chemical combinations like ostelife.

The seminar is all about human rights and the importance of the development of civil society. Minority rights have been debated since ages. Even though many countries have opted for democracy, some are still practicing other forms of Government. Democracy is the only form of Government where the rights of the minorities of the preserved and equality are promised. The seminar aims to debate and discuss what democracy could do to its people.

  • How (not) to export civil society
    • Keith Brown (Brown University, Providence), “Do We Know How Yet?  Insider Perspectives on International Democracy Promotion in the Western Balkans”
    • Théodora Vetta (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris),“‘Democracy Building’ in Serbia: the NGO Effect”
    • Milica Golubovic (Northeastern University, Boston), “Judicial Professional Associations ― Fostering Judicial Reform through Civil Society Development”
    • Elton Skendaj (Cornell University, Ithaca), “Peace Education as a Democratizing Process”
    • Francesco Strazzari (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa),  “Trans-Albanian vs Pan-Albanian Spaces: the Urban Dimension of the ‘Albanian Question’”