Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Associate Professor Aleksandar Pavkovic

MHPIR - Aleksandar PavkovicAssociate Professor

Location: Building W6A Room 433
Tel: 9850 7043
Fax: 9850 6064

Teaching Areas

  • POL206 Modern Political Thought
  • POL304 States and Nations
  • IRPG854 War and Violence in World Politics

Current Position

  • Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.


  •  1983 Doctor of Sciences in Philosophy, University of Beograd.
  • 1974 Bachelor of Philosophy in philosophy. University of Oxford .
  • 1972 BA (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), MA in philosophy, Yale University.

Academic Posts

  • 2007- Associate Professor in Comparative Politics. Coordinator, Master of European Studies Programme. Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau .
  • 2007 Visiting Fellow, Department of Government, University of Essex .
  • 2002-4 Head, Department of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University .
  • 2003 Visiting Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, European University Institute, Florence.
  • 2001 Senior Research Fellow (seconded) Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne.
  • 2000- Principal Research Fellow (Honorary), Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • 1999 Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
  • 1998- Associate Professor in Politics. Macquarie University.
  • 1995-99 Director, European Studies Programme (BA), Macquarie University.
  • 1995-98 Associate Professor in Slavonic Studies, Macquarie University.
  • 1992-8 Director, Centre for Slavonic and East European Studies. Macquarie University.
  • 1987-95 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Slavonic Studies Section. Macquarie University.
  • 1985-87 Research Fellow. Department of Philosophy, University of Melbourne.
  • 1981-82 Visiting Fellow. Department of Philosophy, University of Technology , Delft.
  • 1976-87 Assistant, Docent in philosophy. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Beograd, Yugoslavia.

Principal publications in English

Books: authored

  • Identity and Nationalism in the Balkans: Anthems and the Making of Nation States in Southeast Europe. A. Pavkovic and Christopher Kelen. London, I.B. Tauris 2016
  • Creating New States: Theory and Practice of Secession ( with Peter Radan). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2007. Translated into Serbian and published by Sluzbeni glasnik, Beograd, 2008.
  • The  Fragmentation of Yugoslavia : Nationalism and War in the Balkans, London : Macmillan Palgrave and New York : St. Martin's Press., 2000. Second revised edition. (First edition entitled: The Fragmentation of Yugoslavia: Nationalism in a Multinational State, London: Macmillan, 1997. Translation into Armenian published by Zangak-Press, Yerevan , 2007.
  • Slobodan Jovanovic : An Unsentimental Approach to Politics. New York: East European Monographs/ Columbia University Press, 1993. Translated into Serbian and published by Institut za Politicke Studije, Beograd, 1996. Second revised edition published by Sluzbeni hlasnik, Beograd 2008.

Books and special issue journals (editor)

  • Separatism and Secessionism in Europe and Asia: To Have a State of One's Own (with Jean-Pierre Cabestan),  London: Routledge, 2013.
  • The Ashgate Research Companion to Secession (with Peter Radan). Farnham, Ashgate, 2011 (pp.511). Introductions by the editors.
  • On the way to statehood: secession and globalisation. Edited by Aleksandar Pavkovic and Peter Radan. Aldershot, Ashgate 2008. Introduction by A. Pavkovic.
  • Patriotism: political and philosophical perspectives , edited by Aleksandar Pavkovic and Igor Primoratz, Aldershot: Ashgate 2008. Introduction by the editors.
  • Identity, Self-Determination and Secession, edited by Igor Primoratz and Aleksandar Pavkovic, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. Introduction by the editors.
  • Self-determination, Secession and the Creation of States , guest editors Aleksandar Pavkovic and Peter Radan, Macquarie Law Journal, Vol. 3, 2003.
  • The Disintegration of Yugoslavia: Avoidable or Inevitable? special issue of The Nationalities Papers , No. 3, Vol. 25. New York, 1997.
  • Nationalism and Postcommunism: A Collection of Essays. edited by A. Pavkovic, H.Koscharsky and A.Czarnota. Aldershort and Brookfield, Vermont: Dartmouth Publishing, 1995. pp.173. Introduction by the editors.
  • Contemporary Yugoslav Philosophy: The Analytic Approach, Dordercht and New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1988, Introduction by A. Pavkovic.

Chapters in books

  • 'How to Secede in Europe: Beyond Nationalism,' Nationalism in Asia and Europe. edited by Hofmeister, W., Rueppel, P., Sarmah, M.  Singapore, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, , 2015. pp.41-53.
  • 'Secession: a much contested concept' in Territorial Separatism in Global Politics: Causes, outcomes and resolution, edited by Damien Kingsbury and Costas Laoutides. London, Routledge, 2015, pp.15-29.
  • 'Chechnya: Islamization of a Secession' in Politics of Religion and Nationalism: Federalism, Consociationalism and Secession, edted by Feran Raquejo and Klaus-Jurgen Nagel. London, Routledge, 2015. pp.93-106.
  • 'Yugoslavs and Europeans: A Tale of Two Supranational Identities' in  European National Identities: Elements, Transitions, Conflict, edited by Roland Vogt, Wayne Cristaudo, Andreas Leutzsch. Piscataway, NJ, Transaction Publishers, 2014.
  • 'Secession and separatism from a comparative perspective: an introduction', Pavković, Aleksandar i Cabestan, Jean Pierre, in Separatism and Secessionism in Europe and Asia: To Have a State of One's Own, edited by Jean-Pierre Cabestan and Aleksandar Pavkovic.  London, Routledge 2013, pp.1-19.
  • 'Seceding by the force of arms: Kosovo and Chechnya' in Separatism and Secessionism in Europe and Asia: To Have a State of One's Own, edited by Jean-Pierre Cabestan and Aleksandar Pavkovic.  London, Routledge 2013, pp. 99-109.
  • 'Keeping in touch with Europe : European studies at Macau' in Interfaces: EU studies and European languages programs in East Asia, eds. Jose E Borao and Vassilis Vagios. Taipei, National Taiwan University Press, 2012, pp.63-84.
  • 'The right to secede: is it really needed?' in The Asghate Research Companion to Secession, Farnham, Ashgate, 2011, pp.239-53.
  • 'Secession as a way of dissolving federations: USSR and Yugoslavia' (with Richard Sakwa) in the Ashgate Research Companion to Secession, Farnham: Ashgate, 2011, pp.147-70.
  • 'Secession as a Crime against the World State', World Governance: Do We Need It, Is it Possible, What Could It (All) Mean?, edited by Jovan Babic and Peter Bojanic. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010, pp.101-110.
  • 'By the force of arms: violence and morality in secessionist conflict', Secession as an International Phenomenon¸edited by Don Doyle. Athens, USA: University of Georgia Press, 2010, pp, 259-76.
  • 'Liberalism, secession and violence' in Sovereignty and Diversity , eds. By M. Jovanovic and K. Henrard, Amsterdam: Eleven International Publishing, 2008.
  • 'Killing for one's country' Patriotism: Philosophical and Political Perspectives , eds. Igor Primoratz and A. Pavkovic, Aldershot : Ashgate 2008.
  • 'Self-determination, national minorities and the liberal principle of equality' in Identity and Self-Determination , eds. Igor Primoratz and A. Pavkovic, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, 189-217.
  • 'Terrorism as an Instrument of Liberation: A Liberation Ideology Perspective' in Ethics of Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism , ed. George Meggle, Frankfurt and Lancester: Ontos Verlag,, 2005, 245-61.
  • 'Humanitarian Intervention in Nationalist Conflicts: A Few Problems' in Lessons of Kosovo: The Dangers of Humanitarian Intervention , ed. Aleksandar Jokic, Peterborough , Canada : Broadview Press, 2003, pp. 53-77.
  • 'Kosovo/Kosova: a land of conflicting myths' in Ko sovo:The Politics of Delusion , edited by Michael Waller, Kyril Drezov and Bulent Gokay. London: Frank Cass. 2001, pp. 3-11.
  • 'Constructing European Identity: Problems of Supranationalism' in Why Europe? Problems of Culture and Identity, Vol. 1, edited by J. Andrew, M. Crook, and M. Waller, London: Macmillan, 2000, 115-131.
  • 'Yugoslavism - A National Identity Which Failed?' Citizenship and National Identity in Europe , eds. P. Murray and L. Holmes. Aldershort and Brookfield, Vermont: Ashgate, 1999, 147-159.
  • 'Intellectual Dissidence and the Serb National Question' in Nationalism and Postcommunism , edited by A.Pavkovic at al. Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing, 1995, 121-41.
  • 'Two Thaws in Yugoslav Philosophy' in Glasnost in Context edited by Marko Pavlyshyn. Oxford and New York : Berg Publishers, 1990, 69-82.
  • 'Is the Evil Daemon a Sceptical Device?' in Contemporary Yugoslav Philosophy: the Analytic Approach, ed. A.Pavkovic, Dordrecht and London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1988, 229-240.
  • 'Skepticism and the Senses in Hume's Treatise' in Early Modern Philosophy edited by S. Tweyman and W.E. Creery. Delmar, N.Y.: Caravan Books, 1988, 61-75.

Articles in refereed journals

  • 'Zdravljica" - toast to a cosmopolitan nation anthem quality in the Slovenian context,' Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, July 2014: DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2014.916664 (co-author Christopher Kelen)
  • 'Secession: is it a remedy?' in Hereticus, 10:1-2, 2013, 25-45
  • 'Of love and national borders: the Croatian anthem' Our Beautiful Homeland' Christopher Kelen and A. Pavkovic,  Nations and Nationalism 18:2, 2012, 247-266.
  • 'Recursive Secession of Trapped Minorities: A Comparative Study of the Serb Krajina and Abkhazia, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 2011, 17:3, 297-318.
  • 'Resurrection: The Tale of Two Anthems Sung by the Serbs' Christopher Kelen and A. Pavkovic, Nations and Nationalism 16:3, 2010, 442-461.
  • 'Secession as a Crime against the World State', The Philosophical Yearbook, Belgrade, Vol 21, 2008:105-112.
  • 'Terrorism in pursuit of national liberation: is it permissible?' The Philosophical Yearbook, Belgrade, Vol. 19, 2006: 90-102
  • 'Slavonic Studies at Macquarie 1983-1998: an experiment in migrant language maintenance'  (Halyna Koscharsky, co-author), Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1-2, 2005:149-162.
  • 'The role of Serbia in the process of the disintegration of Yugoslavia' Österreichische Osthefte, (Vienna), Sonderband 18, 2005: 358-70.
  • 'Secession as a defence of a liberty: a liberal answer to a nationalist demand', Canadian Journal of Political Science, 37 (3), 2004: 695-713
  • 'In Pursuit of Sovereignty and Self-Determination: Peoples, States and Secession in the International Order', (co-author, Peter Radan), Macquarie Law Journal, 3, 2003:1-12.
  • 'Secession, Majority Rule and Equal Rights: a Few Questions', Macquarie Law Journal, 3, 2003: 73-94.
  • 'Multiculturalism as a prelude to state fragmentation: the case of Yugoslavia', Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, 3 (2), 2001:131-143,
  • 'Recursive secessions in former Yugoslavia: too hard a case for theories of secession?' Political Studies, 48, 2000:485-502.
  • 'What is common European heritage? The debates in the first Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, 1949,' Journal of European Integration History , 5, (2), 1999: 63-73.
  • 'From Yugoslavism to Serbism: the Serb national idea 1986-1996', Nations and Nationalism, 4, 1998:511-28.
  • 'Prosperity and Intellectual Needs: The Credibility and Coherence of More's Utopia', Utopian Studies , 4 (1), 1993:26-37.
  • 'Slobodan Jovanovic and the Question of Human Rights', Slavic Review , 51 (1) 1992:131-136.
  • 'Hume's Argument for the Dependent Existence of Perceptions: An Alternative Reading'. Mind , 61, 1982:585-592.

Encyclopaedia entry:

  • 'South Slavs, Philosophy of' (with Zivan Lazovic). Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, London 1998, Volume 9, pp. 48-56.