Chief Advisor to the REDETE Network

Prof. Vassilios Fouskas
University of East London, UK


Call for Papers:

UNIVERSITY OF BANJALUKA in partnership with MARCHE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY AND UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY organize the 8th REDETE 2021 conference

Title: GEOPOLITICS AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CONFLICT IN THE BALKANS AND THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: REFUGEES, HYDROCARBONS AND PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE

South-east Europe and the eastern Mediterranean have become, once again, one of the major flashpoints in global politics and economics. From the refugee crisis of March 2020 at the Greek-Turkish border to the recent trade agreement between Serbia and Kosovo under US mediation, and from the ambiguous settlement of the Macedonia question over the name dispute to the current stand-off between Greece and Turkey over demarcation of maritime zones rich in oil and gas, the region represents a powder-keg involving not just local nation-states but also great powers, such as Russia and France. This year's REDETE conference aims at examining the political economy of conflict and its dynamics, exploring a variety of interrelated themes, such as the causes of population movements on the ground, the managing of economic and political security of Balkan and European states, humanitarian issues and, importantly, the geopolitics of the eastern Mediterranean and the stakes involved.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR RESEARCH ABSTRACT reflecting the proposed topic BY THE END OF OCTOBER 2020.

The Conference place (Banja Luka, Ancona or Thessaly) and dates (possibly May or June 2021) will be decided later, depending on the coronavirus situation.

Papers from broader areas will also be taken into consideration. Abstracts and papers will be evaluated by international recognized scholars.

Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in some leading peer review journals including: Journal of Balkan & Near Eastern Studies