Summer School on International Relations and Diplomacy, University Oberta de Catalunya Barcelona, 18–22 June 2019

University Oberta de Catalunya Barcelona, 18–22 June 2019
Rambla del Poblenou 08018


This stimulating Summer School will provide you with the opportunity to engage with some of the most challenging and pressing issues of international relations and diplomacy.
The Program is designed for all students, master students and PhD candidates that wish to gain new knowledge about the political actors, institutions, coalitions, and policies reshaping the world political order. The material emphasizes a skills-based and experiential-learning approach and is generally not offered at colleges and universities. Participants receive internationally recognized certificates from the International Academic Institute.
In the past, scholars explained international stability and order as the outcome of alliances and the balance of power among dominant states.
In former international systems, systemic conditions and the political, economic and social needs of states shaped hegemonic order. IR scientists developed a variety of reflections, empirical studies and policy prescriptions to capture the reality, and formulate perspectives about the future.
The School connects you to an international network of researchers and lets you interact with junior and senior IR scholars. You will present and discuss your own research and get feedback and exchange from Instructors and fellow participants.
During the week you will engage with peers from different cultural backgrounds and learn from the real-world diplomatic experience of the lecturers through dynamic and interactive learning activities. You will discuss compelling and inspiring topics of diplomacy and international relations in the morning and afternoon sessions but you will also have enough time to visit and enjoy the wonderful city of Barcelona.


Register here until 10 May 2019.

If you are not able to come in person in Barcelona and participate at the Summer School we offer a unique opportunity to register for online participation and attend all lectures and classes of the Summer School Program with live streaming directly on your computer from your home or office. If you register for online attendance you will receive Internationally recognized Certificate  for attendance from the International Academic Institute.

Regisitration covers:
• Participation at lectures/courses, as detailed in the Daily summary
• Morning coffee
• Reading materials
• International Certificate of Attendance, provided at the end of the Summer School

For additional information please contact us:

Please find the draft program of the Summer School here:

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Yiorghos LeventisPh.D., is Director of the International Security Forum independent non-for-profit think tank based in Lefkosia, the capital of Cyprus. Dr Leventis studied in the U.K, where he conducted extensive research in The National Archives.

Dr Leventis read B.A. in Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester (1990), M.A. in Peace Studies (1992) and Ph.D. in European Studies, University of Bradford (1998). He had been a Visiting Research Associate,  King’s  College, University of London (1999-2000) and an External Research Associate of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (1999-2000).

During the years 2004-06 he was based in Tokyo sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for a Visiting Scholarship at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). At the same time he was JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow in the Peace & Governance Programme, United Nations University, HQ, Tokyo.

He was Associate Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Politics and European Studies, New York University Skopje, FYROM (2006-08). In March 2008 he was appointed Honoris Causamember of the Working Group on Security & Guarantees in the bi-communal talks aimed at a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus Problem.

Dr Leventis was also elected by large majority a Council Member of the World Federalist Movement(WFM)at the Annual Council Meeting in Buenos Aires (October, 2010). In 2012 he was invited to join as a member The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS, London) and he has been a member ever since participating in the latest Global Strategic Review (Stockholm, September 2013).

As the International Security Forum Director, Dr Leventis is member of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium (est. 2011) and he is also the appointed Cyprus Representative of the Campaign for the Establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly (CUNPA) since 2012.

Since November 2011, Dr Leventis has been the Chief Advisor of the Metropolitan Bishop of Kyrenia Chrysostomos on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

For the past twenty years, Dr Leventis has been lecturing and publishing worldwide on a broad range of issues: energy security, governance, power sharing, geopolitical and geostrategic matters as well as on regional and global security issues.


Paweł Frankowski, PhD

Assistant Professor with Habilitation


PhD with Habilitation in Political Science from Jagiellonian University in Krakow (2015). Thesis title: External policies of American. states in shaping the foreign policy of the United States.

PhD in Political Science – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin (2005). Thesis title: American Hegemony in Turbulence

Traineeships and scholarships

2011-2012 – University of St. Gallen (Szwajcaria) – Postdoc (Wissenschaftlische Mitarbeiter mit Dr.)

Post-doc at University of Iceland 2010-2011

Visiting Professor at National Sun-Yat Sen Universty, Kaoshoung, Taiwan (2017,2018),

Visiting Fellow at the Univeristy of Florida 2008, US State Department Fellow 2008,

Visiting Fellow at European University Institute 2010, 2013 (Sorensen Grant),

Visiting Professor at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (2010),

Membership in scientific associations: ISA, UACES, APSA

Dr. Vasko Naumovski is a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Law ‘Iustinianus Primus’ at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, where he did his BA, LLM and PhD degrees. He also holds a MA degree in European Studies from the University of Bonn, and has completed a study visit on foreign policy at the University of Florida. Naumovski was Deputy President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, in charge of European Affairs (2009-2011). During his mandate Macedonia received the EU recommendation to begin the membership negotiations, as well as the EU visa liberalization. Also, Naumovski was Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States of America (2014-2018), and a Special Envoy of the Macedonian President in the talks regarding the difference over the name with Greece, under the UN auspices.



Mrs. Milena Apostolovska- Stepanoska, PhD is Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty “Iustinianus Primus” Skopje. She teaches Sociology of Law at the Law Department, Political Sociology at the Political Studies Department and European Integrations at the Department for Journalism. In 2015 Apostolovska- Stepanoska defended her PhD thesis titled “The European Institutions and the European Identity“.

Her main field of academic interest and research is the European Union and more specific the European Institutions. Apostolovska- Stepanoska had participated  at numerous international conferences and meetings were she presented her work. In the past year she presented the paper titled “ The European Citizenship and the European Identity“ at the 4th International Scientific Conference Social Change in the Global World that was held in Shtip on 6-7 September 2017;  the International Conference “`Rethinking the European Union“ in Sofia, Bulgaria, 11-13 may 2017 Apostolovska-Stepanoska had  presentation of the paper titled “The Rise of Populism and Euroscepticism“(paper with co-author). At the International Conference in Sofia Bulgaria held at 26.10.2017 Aposolovska-Stepanoska presented the paper: “The European Citizens` Initiative: A Step Forward or Not in Reducing the Democratic Deficit in the EU“ and at the West East Institute Conference held at the Vienna University in April 2018 she presented her latest research titled: “The Institutionalization of the Political Science in the Republic of Macedonia“.

The articles written by Apostolovska- Stepanoska are published in International proceedings and magazines: “National Identity VS. European Identity: Partners or Rivals“ Iustinianus Primus Law Review, n. 16, 2017; “Democratic Improvements of the European Parliament after the Lisbon Treaty Reforms: What has been Achieved?” (Iustinianus Primus Law Review, n. 10,  vol. VI, 2014 with co-authors); “The Lisbon Treaty and its Impact on the Democratic Deficit in the EU” (Iustinianus Primus Law Review, n. 6, year 4, 2013 with co-author), etc.

Apart from the academic work Milena Apostolovska-Stepanoska has interests in various extra-curricular activities like working in a NGO sector were she is one of the founders and member of the Committee Board of the Macedonian Institute for European Studies and the International Academic Institute.

Hristina Runcheva Tasev is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” in Skopje. She graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2007 with an average grade of 9.89. She received an Award and Golden coin by the Rector of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje for the best student of the generation (2006/07). She has also received the 26th of July- Frank Maning prize for the best grades in the final year of studies.

In 2011, Runcheva Tasev has obtained her MA degree in EU Institutions and Policies at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” in partnership with the Karl- Franzens Univesity of Graz and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She obtained her PhD in law in 2015.

She is an author of numerous scientific articles published in domestic and international academic jouranls and proceedings and has participated in different academic projects and international conferences.

Hristina has been a Member of Parliament for two terms and has also served as a foreign policy associate in the Cabinet of the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. She is one of the founders of the Macedonian Institute for European Studies (MIES) and International Academic Institute (IAI).