Sunday, December 13, 2020

Old and New Insights on the History of Intelligence and Diplomacy in the Balkans

The Balkans always were and continue to be the struggle area of the Great Powers on the diplomatic and intelligence field/level. Thus, they have played a prominent role in European intelligence and diplomatic activities over the past centuries, numerous intelligence organizations being present in them, openly or covertly. At the same time, practitioners and historians agree that intelligence cooperation there – often referred to as liaison – has its roots in nineteenth-century efforts to exchange information on anarchism and war.

This volume will go into the history of intelligence and diplomacy in the Balkan region. The aim of the volume is to analyse and put into debate various facets (practical and theoretical) of intelligence and diplomacy activities in the Balkans and to provide a better understanding on how has developed over the years those two complementary domains.

Paper proposals on every issue relating to the volume theme are welcome, with special emphasis on: intelligence and diplomacy as complementary domains; intelligence and diplomatic cooperation; cultural framework of intelligence and diplomatic activities; people, talent and human capital in intelligence and diplomacy; intelligence structures and intelligence-gathering, protecting intelligence and diplomatic communication.

We especially encourage paper proposals from young researchers, doctoral students, established scholars and former practitioners.

Submission procedure

Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, an abstract (up to 300 words) and short bio (up to 100 words) to all editors. The abstracts should include the research question and purpose, the approach and main ideas, and results. No figures, tables, footnotes, or endnotes should be included in the abstract. All submitted studies will be peer-reviewed and the revision process will start immediately after the deadline.


March 15, 2021: Submit proposals to editors
April 30, 2021: Notification of accepted proposals
July 15, 2021: Receipt of full studies for review
August 30, 2021: Revised studies re-submitted to editors
October 15, 2021: Approved studies delivered to publisher


Mihaela TEODOR (National Institute for Intelligence Studies, Romania),
Matthew CROSSTON (Bowie State University, USA),
Jordan BAEV (Rakovski National Defense College, Bulgaria),
Bogdan TEODOR (National Intelligence Academy, Romania),

Call for contributions


Call for Book Chapters BHA: “Warfare in the Twentieth Century Europe: The Balkan Wars from the Ottoman Turkish Perspective”

The end of the 19th century was a period when the colonial race between the Great Powers was intensified, especially with the participation of Germany and Italy in the competition. The area over which the Great Powers contended was the Balkan lands of the Ottoman Empire, which in this period was called the Sick Man of Europe. Furthermore, the Balkan League was formed against the Ottomans under the control of Russia. Therefore, political tension which was born from independence struggles of the non-Muslim nations of the Ottoman Empire never ceased in the Balkan Peninsula. This tension, which forced the Balkans, put the parties in a race that was quite worn out in terms of military.

No one could have predicted the results would be so fast and surprising when the Balkan Wars started on 8th October 1912. The fact that the Bulgarian army besieged Edirne after 28 days and captured the city which had been capital of the Empire before Istanbul was a surprising result even for the Bulgarians and their allies. The success of the Balkan allies had very serious consequences for the Ottoman peoples including the fragmentation of the Ottoman homeland. These heavy consequences were severe enough to prevent the Ottoman army from properly evaluating the war situation. Although it caused serious controversy, the failure of the Ottoman army in the war was not fully analyzed. Also, there was not enough time was found to correct the mistakes observed, because the First World War started about a year after the Ottomans’ taking back of Edirne from Bulgarian hands by benefiting from the turmoil within the Balkan alliance.

The volume aims to thoroughly investigate the causes, course and results of the Balkan Wars which directly affected Ottoman Empire’s military structure in terms of military history. In this volume, which will be divided into three general sections as pre-war, war period, and post-war, topics that have not been studied before or little studied will be evaluated. In the first part the military situation of the belligerents, their war plans and mobilization, in the second part the military operations that directed the wars, sieges, field battles, military activities and rearguard supports and services, in the third part the results of the wars, military evaluations and criticisms, independent observations and experiences of those who participated in the war will be evaluated. Battles, communication, infrastructure, technology, intelligence, cartography, medical services and military staff activities are subtitles to be included in the volume.

The Balkan History Association welcomes scholars from the history, humanities, and social sciences to submit their proposals for book chapters. They may cover, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

Before the War: Ottoman General Staff; Ottoman Defense Plans; Ottoman Military Intelligence; Ottoman Preparation and Mobilization.

During the War: Ottoman Strategy of War; Ottoman Armies in the Field; Ottoman Firepower and Armaments; Military Transportation; Military Intelligence; Battles; Sieges; Military; Health Organization and Military Hospitals; German Officers in Ottoman Army.

After the War: The Armistices; The Treaties; Casualties of the War; Prisoners of the War; Experience of Ottoman Officers; Experience of Ottoman General Staff; War Finance and Ottoman Treasure; Memories of Soldiers, Officers and Commanders; The German Reactions after the War; Military Modernization in Ottoman Army.

Submission Procedure

Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief bio to all editors and to Authors should clearly explain the outline of the chapter and how it fits into the topic of the volume. No figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes or any other references should be included in the abstract. Accepted chapters should not exceed 10,000 words, including figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes and other references. All submitted chapters will be peer reviewed. The revision process will start immediately after the deadline.

Important Dates

January 1, 2021: Submit chapter proposals to editors

January 15, 2021: Notification of accepted chapters’ proposals

April 5, 2021: Receipt of full chapters for review

April 15, 2021: Revised chapters re-submitted to editors (if needed)

June 2021: Approved chapters delivered to publisher.


Ercan KARAKOÇ (Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul),

Ali Serdar METE (Yeditepe University, Istanbul),

George UNGUREANU (National Military Archives of Romania),

Danilo ŠARENAC (Institute for Contemporary History, Belgrade),

Nicholas MURRAY (U.S. Naval War College),

Panagiotis DELIS (Simon Fraser University, Canada),

Sunday, November 1, 2020

CfP: “Islamic Radicalization in the Balkans after the Fall of Communism”


The Balkan History Association and the Research Institute for European and American Studies invites academics from the following fields of research: intelligence, political science, history, cultural anthropology, social anthropology, and history of religions to submit original studies in English on the proposed topic.

Submission procedure

Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, an abstract (up to 300 words) and an author biography (up to 100 words) to all editors. The abstracts should include the research question and purpose, the approach and main ideas, and results. No figures, tables, footnotes, or endnotes should be included in the abstract. All submitted studies will be peer reviewed. The revision process will be released immediately after the deadline.


December 31, 2020: Submit proposals to editors
January 15, 2021: Notification of accepted proposals
May 15, 2021: Receipt of full studies for review
June 30, 2021: Revised studies re-submitted to editors
July 2021: Approved studies delivered to publisher


John M. Nomikos (Research Institute for European and American Studies),
Darko Trifunovic (Institute for National and International Security),
Mihai Dragnea (University of South-Eastern Norway),
Vasko Stamevski (Slavic University “Gavrilo R. Derzhavin” in North Macedonia),
Joseph Fitsanakis (Coastal Carolina University, USA), 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

American Institute for Southeast European Studies

 AISEES was founded in 2016 to promote research and academic programs in the humanities and social sciences that focus on southeastern Europe from prehistory to the present. The Institute actively supports scholarly contacts and cultural exchanges between North America and southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). For more information, please see the website,

 Projects that AISEES has supported to date range from Roman urbanism in Butrint, Albania, to Byzantine painting in Bulgaria and feminism and politics in post-war Kosovo. 

For further information AISEES, please contact:                                                    

Lynn E. Roller,                                                                       Eric C. De Sena,

Chair, Board of Trustees, AISEES                                         AISEES Administrator                                                    

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Call for Papers Hiperboreea: Vol. 8, No. 1 (June, 2021)


Publication date: Late June, 2021
Last date for submission: February 01, 2021

Hiperboreea is the official biannual journal of the Balkan History Association. It publishes articles in the field of History, written in English and occasionally French, and book reviews, or evaluations of scholarly conferences. Our focus is the study of Southeastern Europe, broadly defined as the states situated in the Balkan region. Without limiting its scope to a specific historical period or approach, the journal covers a wide range of topics, such as Cultural History, Political History, Military History, Social History, Economic History, and Archaeology, and encourages work on any historical period and with a multidisciplinary approach.

Hiperboreea is published by the Pennsylvania State University Press. All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition and submitted through the platform Editorial Manager (Submission Guidelines). The editors will inform authors of the decision on their manuscripts within a few weeks from submission. All articles submitted to our journal are reviewed following a double blind peer-review, which means that the reviewer’s and author’s identities are concealed from each other throughout the review process. Our editorial policy requires at least two reviewers per issue, although it is customary that many more reviewers cooperate on individual articles. Members of the Balkan History Association will receive printed and electronic copies by virtue of their membership. For non-member subscription prices, please contact the Johns Hopkins University Press at

Hiperboreea is one of the few Romanian journals that have built a solid presence in the online environment, being indexed in the following international databases and libraries: ISI Web of Science (ESCI), EBSCO, Scopus, ERIH PLUS, Ulrich, ProQuest, ProQuest Philosophy Database, Index Copernicus, JSTOR, CEEOL, WorldCat, Regesta Imperii, J-Gate, IBHR and IMB (Brepols), BIBP, MLA International Bibliography, Romanian Academy Library, National Library of Australia, Oxford Library, Harvard Library, etc.

For further details, please email

Sharing this call for papers would be welcomed and highly appreciated.

Looking forward to receiving your submission!

Friday, May 8, 2020

The 4th edition of the International Scientific Conference History, Culture and Research

Dear partners of the Balkan History Association,
In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 4th edition of the International Scientific Conference History, Culture and Research will no longer be organized. However, in order to maintain the continuity of this scientific event, the organisers decided to publish Volume IV with the studies/articles that would have been presented at the Conference.
We intend to publish the volume at an accredited publishing house in Romania, by the first of November 2020. Please, send your papers by September the 30th.
The manuscripts should not exceed 20 pages in length, including images, abstract, Romanian and English title, and English keywords. The editing rules are those of the Romanian Academy. Texts will be written in 12-point, Times New Roman font, justified, 1.5-spaced, and without a bibliography at the end. Submissions are also accepted in English, French and Italian, with a title, summary and keywords provided in Romanian.
Gherghina Boda, tel. +40736.950.204,
Dumitru-Catalin Rogojanu, tel. +40762.579.100.
In the hope that you will respond to our invitation, we thank you in advance!
Please kindly circulate this call for papers to any faculty member or research staff who are engaging in history and culture of the Balkans!

Thursday, April 23, 2020


Online conference June 15, 2020; Deadline: June 1, 2020

State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN) under the aegis of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) invites proposals for the conference in Russian Studies and welcomes scholars as well as students and young researchers. 
Though due to the COVID-19 we cannot meet in person this year, we are going to organize an online conference with the publication of submitted papers. The conference organized as part of the educational program “Intensive course in Russian Studies“. Further information about the project can be found on our website: 
GAUGN strongly believes that in such situation professionals from all over the world should stay connected and continue to learn and innovate together. The purpose of the conference is to contribute to the further development of the field by opening new avenues of research in Russian studies, both within and across disciplines, and by encouraging collaboration and intellectual exchange. The conferences will provide participants with the opportunities to connect with fellow researchers across the world and expand the network of contacts at the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

·        Submissions are encouraged from, but not limited to the following themes: 
·        Russia in global affairs;
·        Russian history, identity, and memory;
·        Modern Russian economy: challenges and opportunities;
·        Regional integration in Eurasia, and Post-Soviet space;
·        Political institutions in Russia;
·        Media: communication, audiences, policies;
·        Russian literature in comparative perspective;
·        Constructional, lexical and semantic approaches to the Russian language. 

Publication. Selected papers will be subjected to review. If the paper is judged to be of outstanding quality, it will be recommended for publication in a relevant academic journal: 
·          For students - to our partnered journals with ISBN;
·          For scholars and young researchers - to journals indexed by SCOPUS and Web of Science.
      Student Presentation Award. The presentations that have been selected to be the best can get a History.jes. yearly subscription, an online journal where leading researchers in history publish articles, and online access for scientific literature and publication of the GAUGN for your researches.
Certificate. A certificate of participation will be issued to all who attend the conference. 

For students: 
·        Individual paper presentations of selected reports;
·        A series of online lectures by leading experts on Russia.
For scholars and young researchers: 
·        Individual paper presentations of selected reports;
·        Panel discussions.

·        For listeners: name, affiliation, email;
·        For participants: paper proposals (max. 300 words), biographical note (max. 100 words);
·        For individual paper presentations: paper proposals (max. 300 words), biographical note (max. 100 words) + ppt.
Please send the following to 

·        Proposal submission deadline: June 1, 2020;
·        Acceptance notification: June 8, 2020;
·        Online conference: June 15, 2020;
·        Full paper submission: June 30, 2020.

Chairman of the Organizing Committee: Aleksander Chubaryan, Academic of the RAS; President of the GAUGN; Director of the RAS Institute of General History.
·        Denis Fomin-Nilov (History), Rector of the State Academic University for the Humanities;
·        Vladislav Lektorsky (Philosophy), Principle Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy of the RAS; Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the GAUGN;
·        Sergey Rogov (Global affairs), Academic Director of the RAS Institute of US and Canadian Studies; Dean of the Faculty of World Politics of the GAUGN.

Contact: Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.