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North Macedonia within the western Balkan sub-regional security complex: A theoretical approach


Volume 49, Issue 2, July 2020, Pages 206–215

 North Macedonia within the western Balkan sub-regional security complex: A theoretical approach

Gjeraqina Leka

Original language: English

Received 1 June 2020

Copyright © 2020 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


This article, which builds on Buzan’s and the Copnehagen school’s security theorizing, explores the main security issues of a small and landlocked country of the Western Balkans, the Republic of North Macedonia. The internal demographic structure and the external bilateral contests, make this state an interesting case to analyze within the Balkan’s sub-regional security complex. The central argument raised here is that North Macedonia reflects an interplay of regional and internal security dynamics, expressed mainly through an overlap of societal and political security issues. Although in North Macedonia’s case, the societal security issues appear to be crucial, as national identity issues represent the main element around which circulate the greatest fears and insecurities of this country, the approach and way these issues seem to be handled reflect an intersection of the societal and political sector. Relying on main regional security complex theories, this article will construct and analyze the most significant security interactions taking place in North Macedonia and the sectors with most sources for securitization.

Author Keywords: Securitization, societal sector, political sector, North Macedonia, sub-regional security complex, national identity, bilateral contests.


How to Cite this Article


Gjeraqina Leka, “North Macedonia within the western Balkan sub-regional security complex: A theoretical approach,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 206–215, July 2020.