Biljana Vankovska’s CV

Biljana Vankovska
Born 14 November 1959 in Skopje, Macedonia

Ph.D. Political Science, Department of Political Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Skopje, 1992
MA Political Science, Department for Political Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Skopje, 1988
BA Law, Department of Political and Administrative Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Skopje, 1982

Macedonian (mother tongue), English, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Slovenian (passive)

Professional Experience
2009 – to-date, Head of the MA Studies programme in Peace and Development, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje
2006 – 2009, Deputy Head of the Institute for Defence and Peace Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje
2003 – to-date, Full Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Department for Security, Defence and Peace Studies, University of Skopje
2006 – to-date, Supervisor at the Belgrade School of Security Studies, Serbia
2000 – to-date, Faculty Staff Member, European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), Stadtschlaining, Austria
2003 – 2005, Director, Centre for Democracy and Security (NGO), Skopje
1998 – 2003 Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje
2001 – 2002, Senior Fellow, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Switzerland
2000 – 2001, Head of the Institute of Defence and Peace Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje
2000 – 2001, Scientific Adviser, Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Switzerland
1997 – 2000 Guest Senior Research Fellow, Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI), Denmark,
1999 – to-date, Associate, Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future
Research (TFF), Lund, Sweden
1997- to date, Peace Studies MA Program, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje, Board Member
1993-1997 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje
1996-1997 Member of the Inter-ministerial Expert Working Group on Compatibility of Macedonian Legal System with European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Government of the Republic of Macedonia
1983-1993 Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje
1989-1990 Visiting Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Skopje, Department of Political Studies, Course of Political System,
1982-1983 Aspirant , Municipal Court in Skopje.

Lecturing at foreign universities, institutions and summer schools
– European Peace University, Schlaining, Austria, Certificate and Master Studies Programme, Course on Violence, Security and Demilitarisation
– Bradford University, Department for Peace Studies, UK, Course on Security Sector Reform, topics of Formal Mechanisms for Democratic Oversight and Public Awareness and Public Oversight, February 2006
– 2003 (3-4 September), ETC Graz, Summer Academy on Human Rights and Human Security, Graz, Austria, Lecturer
– 2003 (March), Belgrade – Faculty of Political Science, Diplomatic Academy, G-17 Institute, Guest Lecturer
– 2002 (15 – 26 October), European Peace University, Schlaining, Austria, Master Studies Programme, Course on Governance, Participation and Human Rights
– 2002 (18 October), HESP Summer School on Peacekeeping, Portoroz, Slovenia, Lecturer on “Macedonia Under Peacekeepers”
– 2002 (6-7 September), WUS-Austria Summer School on Human Rights and Wrongs in SEE, Ohrid, Macedonia, Lecturer on Peace, Conflict, Democracy and Human Rights
– 2001 (30 October), Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Guest, Lecturer on New Challenges for the Theory and Practice of Civil-Military Relations
– 2001 (April 25) Alworth Institute for International Studies, University of Minnesota, Duluth, USA, Guest Lecturer with Dr. Jan Oberg on Peace Studies and the Balkans
– 2001 (April 23), Peace Studies Programme, Colgate University, Hamilton, USA, Guest Lecturer on Macedonia between Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
– 2001 (April 5) Balkan Trust Network, Athens, Greece, Public Lecture on “Recent Crisis in the Balkans and Prospects for Peace”, Guest Speaker
– 2001 (March 9), Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, lecture on “Civil-Military Relations in the Balkans: Between the Past and Future”, co-lecturing with Dr. Haakan Wiberg
– 2000 (18 May), George Marshall Center, Garmisch, Germany, Senior Executive Course, Guest Lecturer “Kosovo: Two Perspectives”
– 2000 (11 – 13 May), AEGEE-Skopje, BALKANIDEA, Ohrid, Macedonia, lecture on “Balkan Conflicts: Case-study”
– 1999 (17-19 June), Macedonian Helsinki Committee Seminar, “Lawyers on the Human Rights and Freedoms”, Ohrid, Macedonia, lecture on “Human Rights and National Security”
– 1999 (February 24) University of Missouri – Columbia, Peace Studies Program, Course on Introduction in Peace Studies, a lecture on “The Macedonian ‘model of peace'”
– 1999 (February 23) University of Missouri – Columbia, Department of Political Science, Course on Post-Communist Europe, a lecture on “Macedonia’s political and security prospects”
– 1999 (February 23) University of Missouri – Columbia, Department of Political Science, Course on Political Violence, a lecture on “Rise on Macedonia’s inter-ethnic relations and the rise of the KLA”
– 1999 (February 22) Truman State University – Kirkswille, Social Science Lecture Series, “To Bomb or Not to Bomb: Recent Events in Kosovo and Macedonia”
– 1998 (5-13 June), Inter-University Center, Dubrovnik, Seminar on The Post-Communist Challenges to the European Security, Dubrovnik, Croatia, lecture on “Inter-Ethnic Relations in Macedonia”
– 1998 (March 24) Department of Political Science, University of Missouri – Columbia, Undergraduate course on The Transitions in the Post-Communist States, Lecture on “Transition in the Balkans: Between Frustrations and Trauma”
– 1998 (March 22) Alworth Institute for International Studies, University of Minnesota, a lecture on “The Future of the Balkans: Macedonian Perspective”, Duluth, USA, co-lecturing with Dr. Zlatko Isakovic
– 1997 (January 23) Copenhagen Peace Research Institute Seminar, a lecture on “Ethnic Conflict, Democratization and Balkan Security: The Macedonian Knot”, Copenhagen, Denmark, Visiting Lecturer.

Miscellaneous (Awards, Honours, etc.)
– 2009 – to-date, Editor-in-Chief of the Macedonian scholarly journal Bezbednosni dijalozi
– 1998- to-date, Seoul Peace Prize Committee, Nominator for the Seoul Peace Prize competition
– 1997-2001 IPSA/Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society, Member of the Executive Board
– Scholarly “Journal of International Relations and Development”, member of the Editorial Board
– Scholarly journal “Medjunarodni problemi” (International Problems), Belgrade, member of the Editorial Board
– Scholarly journal “Human Security Issues”, Belgrade, member of the Editorial Board
– Scholarly journal “European Perspectives”, Ljubljana, member of the Editorial Board
– 2006 – to-date, Member of the Board of the 13 November Award of the city of Skopje.

Society Affiliations
International Political Science Association (IPSA) – Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society
European Peace Research Association (EuPRA)
International Peace Research Association (IPRA)
International Studies Association (ISA)
Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS)
Civic Movement of Macedonia, Vice-President (2004-2005)
Macedonian Helsinki Committee on Human Rights, Board member (2005 – 2007)

Research and Other Projects/Grants
2005 – EIDHR micro-project, Dealing with the Past: Why and How to Do It?, project leader
2004-2005, Freedom House Grant, Albania and Macedonia towards Sustainable Cooperation in Bilateral and Regional Confidence Building, Project Coordinator
2004, Regional Office for Civilian Peace Building, Swiss Embassy to Macedonia, Post-Ohrid Macedonia: Towards Setting Genuine Peace-Building Agenda (Dealing with the past), International Expert Workshop, Project Coordinator
2003-2004, US Embassy, Small Grant Program, Cross-Border Security and Confidence-Building between Macedonia and Albania, Project Leader
2003-2004, UN University and Swiss Peace, Gender and Disarmament, Participant in a book project
2001-2002, UN University (Tokyo) and Institute for Peace Research (Hamburg), The Role of the Military in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, a study on “Civil-Military Relations vs. Ethnic-Military Relations in Macedonia: Question of Loyalty and/or Mutual Trust?”
2001-2002, ERGOMAS and DCAF project on Democratic control of armed forces in
Europe: How it really works?, a study on “Pre-Conflict and Post-Conflict Civil-Military Relations in Macedonia”
2001, International Alert, Privatisation of Security, a case study on “Privatisation of Security in Croatia”
2001, OSCE Inter-Universities CSS – Regional Stabilisation and Human Rights and Conflict Prevention Centre (University of Bihac), Group Research Project How Could the Re-Established Balance of Power in SEE Lead to Stabilisation of B&H
1996-1998, Ministry of Science of the Republic of Macedonia, Group Research Project Risks and Threats for National Security of the Republic of Macedonia
1996-1998, Research Support Scheme HESP, Central European University, Prague, Czech Republic, Individual research project Civil-Military Relations in the Post-Communist Balkan Countries

Scholar Conferences, Symposiums and Round-Tables
1. Graduate Center, CUNY, New York “Inside Out: Insider’s Perspectives on Post-Conflict Statebuilding”, July 2 – 3, 2007, New York, paper presenter
2. NATO Advanced Workshop, “Environmental Change and Human Security:
Recognizing and Acting on Hazard Impacts”, Pell Center for International Relations, Newport, Rhode Island, 4-7 June, 2007
3. Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica. Alma Mater Studiorum –
University of Bologna, International conference “Regional Cooperation, Peace-
Enforcement and the Role of the Treaties in the Balkans”, 20-21 January 2006, Forli, Italy, key-note speaker
4. London School of Economics and Finish MFA, International Workshop “Human
Security Agenda for the Balkans”, 17 May 2006, Helsinki, Finland
5. CDRSEE Thesaloniki, Seminar “Past and Present: Consequences for
Democratisation”, 2-4 July 2004, Belgrade, Serbia
6. EUISS Balkans Task Force, “Kosovo: what prospects for final status?”, 2 July, 2004, Paris, France.
7. ERGOMAS, “Military and Society in the 21 Century”, 19-21 September, 2002,
Portoroz, Slovenia, paper presenter
8. DCAF (Geneva) and Faculty of Philosophy (Skopje), International Seminar
Challenges of Post-Conflict Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Macedonia, 27-29 June, 2002, Skopje, Macedonia, presentation on “Post-Conflict Reconstruction of the Security Sector: Macedonian Challenges”.
9. DCAF and the Macedonian Ministry of Defence, International Workshop National security strategy and security sector reform in Macedonia, 27-28 May, 2002, Skopje, Macedonia, presentation on “Civil Society and National Security”
10. DCAF, International Workshop Promoting Civil Society in Good Governance:
Lessons for the Security Sector, Prague, 15-16 April 2002, paper presenter “Western Civil-Society Empowerment and the Lessons from the Balkans”
11. DCAF, International Workshop Legal issues and Practices in the Field of Democratic Control of Armed Forces and the Security Sector: National and International Perspectives, Geneva, 4-6 April 2002, organiser
12. Heinrich Boll Stiftung – Berlin, International Workshop « The Internationals on the Balkans: Lessons for Macedonia », Berlin, Germany, 1-2 December 2001, speaker on “International Crisis (Mis)Management – A Macedonian View”
13. Intra-Macedonian Dialogue, Interlaken, Switzerland, 23-25 November 2001,
14. UN University (Tokyo) and Institute for Peace Research (Hamburg), Conference on The Role of the Military in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Hamburg, Germany, 21-23 November 2001, paper-presentation “Civil-Military Relations vs. Ethnic-Military Relations in Macedonia: Question of Loyalty and/or Mutual Trust?”
15. Federal College for Security Studies and Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Seminar on “Democratic Control of Armed Forces: The Role of Parliament, Media and Academia”, Belgrade, 25-27 October, 2001, paper-presentation on “The Role of Academic Community in Developing Democratic Control of Armed Forces”
16. IUS Biennial Conference, Baltimore, USA, 19-21 October 2001, paper-presentation “Rule of Law and Democratic Control of Armed Forces in Post-Cold War International Setting”
17. Soros Foundation – Moldova, Roundtable Discussion “Educating Tolerance in Multi-Ethnic Societies”, Chisinau, Moldova, 4-6 October 2001, paper-presentation “Teaching Tolerance and/or Peace: Macedonian Experiences and Failures”
18. Eurobalkan Institute and Open Society Institute, “Implementation of the Framework Peace Agreement and Future of Macedonia”, Skopje, Macedonia, 10 September, 2001, Moderator and Speaker (“On Security Aspects of the Ohrid Peace Agreement”)
19. Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces and NATO Parliamentarian Assembly, PCAF Workshop on “Strengthening Parliamentarian Oversight of the Security Sector”, Brussels, Belgium, 5-9 July 2001, Key-note speaker “The Significance of Democratic Assistance to Parliaments: Can Democratic Control of Armed Forces Be a Gift?”
20. “Transparency in Defence Planning, Budgeting and Procurement”, Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and Bulgarian Military Academy “Rakowski”, Sofia, 17-19 May, 2001 – organiser
21. “Legal Framing of Democratic Control of Armed Forces”, Geneva Centre for
Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva, Switzerland, 3-5 May, 2001, organiser
22. “Ethnic Reconciliation and Economic Development”, European Movement of Serbia, Krusevac, Yugoslavia, 2-3 February, 2001, Speaker
23. “Human Rights Centres Network”, WUS Austria, Graz, Austria, 7-10 December, 2000, Participant
24. International Security Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, 15 – 17 November, 2000, Participant
25. University of Oslo, International Conference “Meeting Place Oslo – the role of universities in democratisation and regional stabilisation”, Oslo, Norway, 6-7 November, 2000, Keynote Speaker (“Human Rights, Democratisation and Regional Stabilisation”)
26. Institute of Defence and Peace Studies (University of Skopje) and PfP Consortium WG on Crisis Management in SEE, International Scholar Conference “Ten Years After: Democratisation and Security Challenges in SEE”, Ohrid, Macedonia, 27-29 October, 2000, Conference Arranger and Conference Speaker (“Conflict Mismanagement in Former Yugoslavia: Is There a Way Out?”
27. NATO Defence College (Rome) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (Ljubljana), International Research Seminar “Security in Central and South East Europe”, Bled, Slovenia, 20-23 September, 2000, Conference Speaker (“Organised Crime, Mass Migrations, Refugees, Ethnic and Religious Conflict”)
28. 18th IPRA General Conference, “Dialogue of Civilisations”, Tampere, Finland, 5-9 August, 2000, Paper-presenter “Conflict Prevention in the Shadow of War: Macedonia’s Challenges”
29. Institute of Defence (Faculty of Philosophy – Skopje) and MoD of the Republic of Macedonia, Round Table “Re-consideration of the Strategy of National Security of Macedonia”, 5-7 July, 2000, Skopje, participant
30. 3rd PfP Consortium Meeting “Building Strategic Community through Research and Education”, Tallinn, Estonia, 20-23 June, 2000, participant
31. Working Group on Crisis Management in SEE of the PfP Consortium, Workshop
‘Information Management in the Field of Security Policy in SEE’, Reichenau, Austria, 19 – 22 May 2000, Conference Speaker
32. University of Tromso, International Conference Higher Education of Peace, Tromso, Norway, 5-8 May, 2000, Paper-presenter, “Higher Education for Peace in Macedonia: Prospects and Challenges”
33. George Marshall Center, 3rd International Geopolitical Colloquium Globalisation, Fragmentation and Security, Garmisch, Germany, 11 – 13 March 2000, Conference Speaker “Between Globalisation and Fragmentation: A Macedonian Perspective”
34. Black Sea University Foundation, Workshop “Conflict Resolution Network in SEE”, Sinaia, Romania, 4-7 January 2000, participant
35. Second Annual Conference of PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes, Enhancing Cooperation in Education and Research in the 21st Century, Sofia, Bulgaria, 8-10 December, 1999
36. Inter-University Seminar, Biennial Conference, Baltimore, USA, 22-24 October, 1999, Paper-presenter “Democratisation of the Balkan Militaries”
37. Central European University, Summer University, TRANSCEND: Conflict
Transformation Course, Budapest, Hungary, 26 July – 4 August, 1999, participant
38. 2nd International Conference, Sociological Research Center of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, “NATO at 50 and in the Future”, Sofia, Bulgaria, 24-27 June, 1999, Paper-presenter “Democratic Control over NATO”
39. 40th ISA Annual Convention, Washington DC, USA, February 16-20, 1999, Paperpresenter “Between Preventive Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution: Macedonian Perspective of the Kosovo Crisis”
40. 3rd International Security Forum, Zurich, Switzerland, 19-22 October, 1998, participant.
41. International Seminar Security in South-Eastern Europe, Institute of Sociological and Political Studies (Sofia), in cooperation with Center for European Studies – Groningen, Sofia, Bulgaria, 16-19 October, 1998.
42. George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, 2nd International Geo-Political Colloquium on Euro-Atlantic Security The Significance of Centrifugal and Centripetal Geo-Political Forces to the Emerging European Security System, Garmisch, Germany, 6-10 May, 1998, participant
43. Centre for Sociological Research of the MoD of the Republic of Bulgaria in cooperation with the Sociological Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, coorganized with Hanns Seidel Foundation, International Conference Armed Forces in A Democratic Society, Sofia, Bulgaria, 27-29 April, 1998, paper-presenter “The Military and Peace after the Cold War”
44. 39th ISA Annual Convention The Westphalian System in Historical and Global Perspective, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 17-21 March, 1998, Paper-presenter “UNPREDEP in Macedonia: New Approach to the Concept of Modern Diplomacy”
45. The Balkan Peace Studies Center, Round-Table Peace and Constitutions, Skopje, Macedonia, 18 February, 1998
46. 1997 International Halki Seminar, Session 1: EU and its Eastern Neighbours: Security, Cooperation and Human Rights, Halki, Greece, 4-11 September, 1997, participant
47. IPSA XVII World Congress Conflict and Order, Seoul, Korea, August 17-21, 1997, Paper-presenter
48. Institute for Defence and Military Academy, Scientific Conference Defence System of the Macedonian Republic: Trends and Prospects, Ohrid, Macedonia, 23-25 November, 1996
49. IPSA Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society and the Sejong Institute, International Interdisciplinary Conference National Security and Globalization, Seoul, Korea, July 23-26, 1996
50. Institute for Defence, Symposium Changes in the Social and Economic System and Socialization of the Defence System, Popova Sapka, Macedonia, 12-14 May, 1990

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