Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Liberty and International Affairs is “devoted to the study of liberty and international affairs” by “offer[ing] academic and public debate on liberty and international affairs in all their aspects, taking into account the following topics: Individual liberty; Libertarianism; Classical / Neoclassical liberalism; Objectivism; Social liberalism; Coercion; Statism; Anarchism; Minarchism; Democracy; Political anthropology; International relations and diplomacy; Public and private international law; Geopolitics; Nationalism; Multilateralism; Security and freedom; Ideology; Politics and religion; Neo-Ottomanism; Neo-Sovietism; Yugosphere; Propaganda; Regional cooperation; European federalism; EU law and politics; European economic governance; EU foreign and security policy; Competitive federalism; Comparative constitutional law; Human rights and freedoms; Gender studies; Emerging powers (BRICS; Russia; China; India etc.); Transatlantic relations and other related topics… contribut[ing] to the understanding of liberty and international affairs from different angles.” The journal gives special attention to Europe and the European Union “as a crucial factor in… contemporary international affairs.” The editors also encourage “submissions that treat Balkan issues, especially the attitude of the Balkan countries towards the European integration, and their place within the new international context.” .Each journal issue supposedly focuses on a central topic to “address the complex and delicate topics concerning liberty and international affairs.” The editors state that “the journal does not seek to promote any particular policies or approaches,” and that it is “oriented towards a wide audience of interested fellow specialists, geared towards informing policy-makers and social workers, and to engage student…” and encouraging “presentation of research to be made at a level where it is understandable to a broad audience.” Article submissions are to be in English, although (rather interestingly), the instructions to authors state that “Only by exception, articles in the Macedonian, German or French language will be accepted, while the abstracts have to be in English.”
The table of contents for the most recent issue holds the following articles: “The Concept of International Responsibility of State in the International Public Law System,” “The Individual Sovereignty: Conceptualization and Manifestation,” “Life in a Backpack: the EU’s Asylum Policies and Its Impact on the Macedonian Asylum Legislation,” “The European Union Military Power: the New Challenges with Old Dilemmas,” “The Heartland Theory of Sir Halford John Mackinder: Justification of Foreign Policy of the United States and Russia in Central Asia,” “The Influence of Public Diplomacy on the States Visibility in the International Relations,” “The Media and the Wars in Western Balkans in the Last Decade of the XX Century,” “Why Turkey Should Join the European Union: Arguments in Favor of Turkish Membership,” “The International Public Law and the Use of Force by the States,” “The Media Policy in Montenegro: From 1993 to 2013,” and “Development of Principles for Prosecution of Crimes in the International Tribunals: the Case of Republic of Macedonia.” There doesn’t seem to be a single, unifying topic or theme among these pieces, but the European Union, and a Macedonian perspective, figure largely in the discussion.
Although the syntax employed in material here is not always perfect, article content will be of interest and useful to scholars studying the Balkans, the European Union, and Macedonia, and the title is recommended for them.