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Dr Svetozar Rajak


Dr Svetozar Rajak is the Academic Director of LSE IDEAS and is the Management Committee member.

He is also Assistant Professor at the Department of International History at the LSE and Head of the LSE IDEAS Visiting Fellows Programme. Dr Rajak holds degrees in Economy and History. He received his PhD in History from LSE. Dr Rajak teaches Cold War history and history of the Balkans at the Department of International History at LSE.

He is the co-editor of the two-volume documentary project on Soviet-British relations in the Cold War, co-sponsored by the British Academy and the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Twentieth Century International History
  • The Cold War
  • History of the Balkans
  • Eastern Europe
  • The making of the post Cold War international system

Recent Publications

  • "No Bargaining Chips, No Spheres of Interest: The Yugoslav Origins of Cold War Non-Alignment”, in Journal of Cold War Studies, Volume 16, Number 1, Winter 2014 (Harvard, USA
  • "Yugoslavia and the Cuban Missile Crisis: Documents from the Foreign Ministry Archives in Belgrade", in CWIHP Bulletin Issue  17/18, 'The Global Cuban Missile Crisis at 50' (Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson Center, 2012
  • "Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union in the early Cold War: reconciliation, comradeship, confrontation, 1953-57", (London: Routledge, 2011)
  • "The Cold War in the Balkans: From the Greek civil war to Soviet-Yugoslav normalization". In: Leffler, Melvyn P. and Westad, Odd Arne, (eds.) Cambridge history of the Cold War, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • S. Rajak, M. Perisic, J. Reljic, (eds.), "The History of Serbian Diplomacy – Documents: The Consulate General of the Kingdom of Serbia in Trieste, 1884-1914," (Beograd: Arhiv Srbije, 2009}
  • "Auf der Suche nach einem Leben außerhalb der beiden Blöcke: Jugoslawiens Weg in die Blockfreiheit", In: Geppert, Dominik and Wengst, Udo, (eds.) Neutralität- Chance oder Chimäre?: Konzepte des Dritten Weges für Deutschland und die Welt, 1945-1990, (Wissenschaftsverlag, München, Germany: Oldenbourg, 2005)
  • "The Tito - Khrushchev correspondence, 1954" n CWIHP Bulletin Issue 12/13, Fall/Winter, 2001 (Washington DC:Woodrow Wilson Center, 2001)