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Belgrade Academic Program

Clemson Tigers in SarajevoSpring Semester in Belgrade Academic Program

The program is based on Clemson political science curricular requirements. The courses emphasize international relations and comparative politics. There are five total courses, including four in political science. The fifth course will be focused on Serbian history, culture and basic language. A student can complete core requirements in international relations and comparative politics while on this study abroad.  If the student has already taken one of the courses listed here, the option of taking POSC 4100/4090 (Independent Study) will be offered.

A global politics or political science minor can satisfy 12 of the 15 3/4000 hour requirements.  Any POSC 4890 or POSC 4100 courses taught can be substituted for courses among the list on the minor sheets. You must consult with Professor Peake and Dr. Warber (the POSC director of undergraduate studies) to ensure all of your assigned courses meet your needed curricular requirements. The application process and a cost estimate breakdown are available at this link.

POSC 3630 U.S. Foreign Policy (core international relations course): The Faculty of Political Science at UB currently teach a variety of courses related to U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. foreign policy course focuses on international relations theory applied to American foreign policy in historical perspective, with particular emphasis on the decision-making process, contemporary American capabilities and challenges, and analysis of key issues.

POSC 4890 Selected Topics - Post-Conflict Society and Politics in the Balkans: The Faculty of Political Science at UB are experts in Balkan politics and the post-conflict society of the Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and Kosovo). The course will focus on the 1990s conflicts that engulfed the region and the politics that have resulted since. We have planned a number of excursions as part of the course, including to Srebrenica, Sarajevo, and Pristina.

POSC 3710 European Politics (core comparative politics course) or POSC 3750 European Integration (core IR course): The Faculty of Political Science at UB currently teaches several courses related to European politics. The faculty has several experts in European politics on staff. The course will focus on European governments and issues of importance in the European context. Specific emphasis will be given to the EU and EU enlargement, including issues related to Serbian inclusion in the EU.

POSC 4480 International Political Economy (IR core course): A key course for understanding our globalized economy and important political dynamics. The course provides students with background knowledge and conceptual tools for understanding the politics of international economic relations. Students are introduced to the major issues of the international political economy and different perspectives approaching these issues.

IS 2100 Serbian Language, Politics, History and Culture (Required for all enrolled students, fits an elective) will include culture, language, politics and history related to Serbia specifically, and to the region of former Yugoslavia. This course satisfies the cross-cultural awareness general education requirement, and might serve as either fulfilling a general education requirement or as an elective. The course will include lecturers from the Faculty of Political Sciences and representatives of the government and non-governmental organizations. The course will also include some Serbian language instruction and the planned excursions are part of the course.

POSC 4100 Directed Study: International Politics: If a student already has course credit for POSC courses offered above, the student can complete an independent study in an area of interest with one of the contracted instructors. The course should be a topic in international relations or comparative politics and relate to the instructor's expertise. Other arrangements may be possible based on the particular academic needs of the participating students, to include independent study courses in other areas with Clemson faculty.

The planned schedule is for students to start their semester here at Clemson with several meetings to prepare students. Preparation will begin during the Fall semester via a Creative Inquiry section that Dr. Peake runs (POSC 3050-002). We will use resources available from the Office of Global Engagement and Dr. Peake and Prof. Matic will be responsible for leading this part of the course. In mid to late January students will travel together to Belgrade, and complete the remainder of the semester there, returning early in May. We have onsite coordinators contracted by Clemson to support the students while studying in Belgrade.

Clemson students receive briefing at US embassy

Clemson students receive a briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia

The Faculty and Program Consultants

belgrade facultyVladimir Matic is a senior lecturer and has been teaching at Clemson since 1996. He teaches international relations, foreign policy, diplomacy, European politics and Middle East politics. He is an acknowledged expert on American foreign policy, European and Balkan affairs, and author of numerous papers and articles. He is a former Yugoslav career diplomat and ambassador who resigned the post of Assistant Federal Minister in 1993 in disagreement on policy and moral issues. After the change of the regime in 2000 in Serbia, he was the first diplomatic representative of the new government in the United States as a Special Envoy of the Yugoslav President.

Matic is Senior Peace Fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group and was Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 1999. Matic testified before the U.S. Congress Foreign Affairs Committee and Helsinki Commission. Since 2000, he has served as a consultant for the Department of State and Foreign Service Institute, 2000-2003 the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2000-2001 analyst at International Crisis Group. He has lectured at numerous universities and Foreign Affairs Councils. Since 2006, Matic has led a summer study abroad program in former Yugoslavia for the Department of Political Science at Clemson.

belgrade facultyJeffrey Peake is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Clemson University. Prior to joining the faculty at Clemson, Peake was a professor of political science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A 1992 Clemson alumnus (B.A., political science), he received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1999. Peake's research interests focus on the presidency, the media, and Congress. More specifically, Peake has written on presidential leadership of the media and the public, presidential-congressional relations, agenda-setting, and the domestic politics of treaties. He teaches courses on the presidency, Congress, U.S. foreign policy, and the policy process.

Peake is co-author of two books, including Breaking Through the Noise: Presidential Leadership, Public Opinion, and the News Media (2011, Stanford University Press, with Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha) and Treaty Politics and the Rise of Executive Agreements: International Commitments in a System of Shared Powers (2009, The University of Michigan Press, with Glen S. Krutz). His research has appeared in a range of scholarly journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Press/Politics, American Politics Research, Foreign Policy Analysis, and International Interactions, among others. His current research projects focus on the domestic politics of recent international agreements.

belgrade facultyDragan R. Simic, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Belgrade and dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences. He teaches international relations, national and global security, grand strategy and strategic thinking, geopolitics, U.S. foreign and security policy, and Serbian-American relations. He has taught these courses at other universities abroad.

Simic was a Fulbright Scholar Program Fellow at the University of South Carolina in 2003. In 2006, Simic was Fellow at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Simic is the founder (2004) and director of the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade. Also, he is the chief of the regional U.S. Master Studies and coordinator of the Doctoral International and European Studies at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Political Sciences. He is a member of the board of the journal “International Studies” in Zagreb and “Review of International Affairs,” “Vojno delo” and “Journal of Regional Security” in Belgrade.

Simic has published the following books: Positive Peace (1993), The Order of the World (1999), The Science of Security (2002), World Politics (2009), Treatise on Order, second edition (2012). Also, he translated from English textbooks: Joseph Nye’s Understanding International Conflicts (2006), John Mearsheimer’s The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2009) (together with Dragan Zivojinovic and Miljan Filimonovic) and Robert D. Schulzinger’s American Diplomacy Since 1900. (2011) (together with Dragan Zivojinovic). In addition, he has published dozens of articles in academic journals and conference proceedings and edited books Western Balkans Integration in the Global Security Web (2011) and State’s Soft Power (2013) (together with Nikola Kosovic and Dragan Zivojinovic).

belgrade facultyDragan Živojinovic is an assistant professor at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Political Sciences. He teaches international relations and U.S. foreign and security policy. He holds the post of secretary of the Center for the Study of the United States of America.

Živojinovic is completing his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Belgrade on the U.S. National Security Council System.

In 2006, Živojinovic was a U.S. National Security Fulbright Program Fellow at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of more than 20 articles and chapters in range of journals and books, and also editor of three books. He translated from English textbooks: John Mearsheimer’s The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2009) (together with Dragan R. Simic and Miljan Filimonovic), and Robert D. Schulzinger’s American Diplomacy since 1900 (2011) (together with Dragan R. Simic).

belgrade facultyMaja Kovacevic, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (International Studies Department). She teaches European Integration – developments and problems,

European Union common foreign and security policy, European Union as a global actor, EU enlargement policy, and European politics. Kovacevic was a researcher at the Institute of Economic Sciences, head of the European Integration Office of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and researcher on several Serbian and international projects.

Her educational background is in international relations and European integration: she holds a bachelor's degree in international relations (University of Belgrade, Serbia); a master's degree in European law and European integration (University of Nancy, France); and a Ph.D. in European studies (University of Belgrade, Serbia). Her research field is governance of the EU, EU enlargement, EU and Western Balkans, and EU common foreign and security policy.

belgrade facultyTanja Mišcevic, Ph.D., is a professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. She teaches international organizations, U.N. system, history of European integration, and EU accession policy, as well as a course on the EU common foreign and security policy at the Faculty of Political Science in Podgorica, Montenegro. She lectured as a visiting professor at the University of Bonn, the Centre for European Integration, the Diplomatic Academy of the Republic of Croatia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Faculty of Economics at the University of Montenegro in Podgorica.

She currently serves as the Serbian chief EU negotiator. She was vice president of the European Movement of Serbia. Before, she was state secretary of the Ministry of Defence, vice president of the board of the Anticorruption Agency, director of the Government’s European Integration Office, member of the negotiation team for the SAA negotiations, and head of the negotiation team for the Readmission and Visa Facilitation Agreement between Serbia and the EU. In 2003 and 2004, she was coordinator for Serbia and Montenegro training for administrators on EU issues.

belgrade facultyIvan Vujacic, Ph.D., associate professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. He teaches fundamentals of economics, comparative economic systems, and the economics of EU integration. He is also a professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, where he teaches comparative economic systems, international economic relations, and the American economic system.

He is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade and an independent member of the Board of Eurobank in Belgrade. He served as Ambassador to the United States from 2002 to 2009.

As a Fulbright scholar, Vujacic spent 1983-1984 taking doctoral courses at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His professional interests are in the fields of comparative economic systems, transition, privatization, international political economy and the European Union.

Vujacic has been a member of the Democratic Party since its founding in 1990 and was a prominent member of the opposition to the Milosevic regime. He was a member of the Federal Parliament of Yugoslavia between 1992-1996 for the Democratic Party and its Faction leader in 1994-1996. In 2000-2002, he was president of the Political Council of the Democratic Party.

Jessica Collins Jessica Collins, Clemson University on-site mentor, holds a bachelor of arts in political science and a minor in business administration from Clemson. She served a Fulbright scholarship in Serbia for the 2015-2016 academic year and has taught English at the Faculty of Philosophy in Nis.

Collins studied in Budapest, Hungary (spring semester 2013), Paris, France (summer 2013), and the Balkans (summer 2012). She has Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification. She participated in the Creative Inquiry Humanitarian Aid project, and the Valuing Heritage Language Through Interpretation. She was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha political science fraternity and Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity, where she organized and supervised 60 volunteers.

Her professional experience includes working at Arent LLP, Washington, D.C., as litigation project assistant, and serving as an intern in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and for Rep. Jeff Duncan.

Aleksandra Pastor, extracurricular activities consultant, earned a master of arts in public administration in 2005 and master of arts in international relations in 2006 at Syracuse University, New York; a graduate certificate in European studies in 2002 in Belgrade; and a bachelor of arts in economics at the University of Novi Sad. She won two awards from the U.S. Department of State – the Ron Brown Fellowship (2004) and the Local Government Academy Fellowship (2003).

She works now for the city of Belgrade as chief auditor. Before that she worked at the Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency, World Bank Group Invest in the Western Balkans project, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C., as a project assistant, and at Syracuse University as a graduate assistant.

To apply, contact Vladimir Matic or Jeffrey Peake, 232 Brackett Hall.

Visit the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade.

Clemson students at the Parliament building in Belgrade

Clemson students at the Parliament in Belgrade, Serbia