LSEE Staff, Associates & Fellows

Following its aim to expand the School's knowledge of South-East Europe, LSEE has succeeded in establishing a team of academic staff with long-term expertise in the region. LSEE has a strong academic core, which is complemented by a number of visiting research fellows who broaden the unit's research agenda and dissemination potential.

 LSEE Staff 

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Professor Kevin Featherstone, LSEE Chair
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Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Director of the European Institute at the LSE. Professor Featherstone specialises in the politics of the European Union and in contemporary Greek politics.

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Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSEE Director
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Dr Monastiriotis is Associate Professor in the Political Economy of South Eastern Europe at the LSE, and Director of LSEE. His research focuses on economic policy and performance at the regional, national and supra-national levels, with emphasis on trade, FDI and the labour market.

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Dr Spyros Economides, LSEE Co-ordinator
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Dr Economides is Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at the LSE and Director of the Hellenic Observatory, LSE.

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Professor James Ker-Lindsay, LSEE Senior Visiting Fellow

Professor Ker-Lindsay is LSEE Senior Visiting Fellow, previously Eurobank Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe. He is Professor of Politics and Policy in the School of Arts and Humanities at St Mary's University.

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Dr Will Bartlett, LSEE Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr Bartlett is LSEE Senior Visiting Fellow, previously Senior Research Fellow in the Political Economy of South East Europe. He was President of the European Association for Comparative Economics from 2006-08.

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Dr Vesna Bojičić-Dželilović, Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Department of International Development, LSE
Email: | Room: 50L 1.06

Dr Bojicic-Dzelilovic is Associate Professorial Research Fellow in Civil Society and Conflict Research GroupDepartment of International Development. Her main area of research is on the economic transition of former communist regimes, with a particular focus on the rise in informal practice, the political economy of conflict and post- conflict reconstruction. She holds a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Sarajevo.

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Dr Arjan Gjonca, Associate Professor of Demography at LSE Social Policy

Dr Gjonca's research interests and publications are on Demography of the Balkans (with particular focus on Albania); Health Transition in Developing and Transitional Societies; Ageing in Developing and Transitional Societies, and more recently the Socio-Demographic Consequences of Conflicts (focusing on Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo). Other research areas include sex imbalances at birth; female disadvantages in health and mortality in developing countries; the importance of life style factors in health; mortality transitions for developing countries.Arjan has acted as an adviser to different international organisations and national governments, including the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, Albanian government, and Bosnian Government.

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Dr Esra Özyürek, Associate Professor of Contemporary Turkish Studies, European Institute
Email: | Room: COW 2.08

Esra Özyürek is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, LSE. She is a political anthropologist who seeks to understand how Islam, Christianity and Judaism; secularism and religion; memory and nationalism are dynamically positioned in relation to each other

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Dr Denisa Kostovicova, Associate Professor in Global Politics & Convenor of MSc in Conflict Studies, Department of Government
Email: | Room: CON 4.15

Dr Denisa Kostovicova is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at the Government Department and a Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the Department of International Development at the LSE.

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Dr Claire Gordon, Head of LSE Teaching and Learning Centre
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Dr Gordon has been working as a Teaching Fellow in East European Politics at the European Institute of LSE since 2003 and prior to that as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Government. Her research interests include the EU’s eastward enlargement, minority policy and the role of conditionality; conflict management in post-communist states and the role of international organisations; and processes of democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Ms Aleksandra Stankova, LSEE Administrator
Email: | Room COW 2.01 | Contact: +44(0)20 7955 7198

Aleksandra Stankova is LSEE's Administrator. She was previously Project Coordinator at the Global South Unit, International Relations Deprtment, LSE, and Administrative Assistant at the Hellenic Observatory, LSE. She holds a BA in Literature & Sociology, University of Essex and MSc in Sociology, LSE. She is an experienced editor and event coordinator in the field of academia.

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Professor Adam Fagan, Professor of European Politics and Head of School of Politics and International Relations, Queen mary University of London

Prof Fagan is a co-investigator in the EU-funded MAXCAP (Maximizing the Integration Capacity of the European Union) research project His research focuses on the Europeanization of the Western Balkans, with particular reference to judicial reform, minority rights and environmental governance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. 

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Dr Slobodan Markovich, Associate Professor, Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade

Dr Markovic's publications include a monograph on Serbian economist, politician and diplomat, Chedomille Miyatovich (Cedomilj Mijatovic, Viktorijanac medju Srbima, Belgrade, 2006) and a monograph on British-(Balkan) Serbian relations: British Perceptions of Serbia and the Balkans 1903-1906 (Paris, 2000). His research interests include the construction of ethnic, national and religious Identities in the Balkans, British-Balkan Relations and the history of European pessimism.


Ms Tena Prelec, Doctoral Researcher at the School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex 

Ms Prelec is Eastern Europe Editor of the LSE's EUROPP - European Politics and Policy blog, LSE European Institute. Her doctoral research, on the political economy of South Eastern Europe, is concerned with the intersection of the economic transition and the development of informal practices in the energy sector. She is furthermore a keen analyst and commentator on party politics and elections throughout the post-Yugoslav space. Her latest publications include "The UAE as an Emerging Actor in the Western Balkan: The Case of Strategic Investment in Serbia" (with Bartlett et al., Journal of Arabian Studies, 2017), "Measuring Corruption in Transition Countries: How to Go beyond Perceptions?", in Western Balkans Integrating in the EU: Challenges, Policies, Issues (Richet, X. and Redzepagic, S. eds., Paris: CEMAFI, 2016), and a joint report with the Barcelona-based think tank CIDOB on Brexit and its impact on Europe (2016). She is currently leading a research project on the political attitudes of the Serbian diaspora, with a view to extending it to other SEE countries in the future. Tena is the recipient of a full ESRC award for her doctoral studies.

Current Visiting Staff


Dr Max Fras 

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Dr Peter Sanfey

Visiting Senior Fellow

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Dr Enkeleida Tahiraj

Visiting Senior Fellow

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Past Visiting Staff

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Dr Simona Guerra
Visiting Fellow (May 2017 - Dec 2017)

Dr Guerra is Associate Professor in Politics at the School of History, Politics & International Relations, University of Leicester. Her main research interest is in attitudes towards the European Union. How the latter change before and after joining the EU was the study subject in her first monograph Central and Eastern European Attitudes in the Face of Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), journal articles and volume contributions. Simona has recently published a co-edited book (with Manuela Caiani) titled Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology, 2017), and during her time at the LSEE she completed her second monograph on Religion and Euroscepticism in Post-Communist Europe (Routledge).

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Dr Eli Gateva
Visiting Fellow (Dec 2015 - Dec 2017) 

Dr Gateva has held academic posts at the University of Manchester and Queen Mary, University of London. Her main research interests include EU conditionality, EU Enlargement policy, Europeanization and EU democratic governance. Her research has explored the nature, evolution and effectiveness of EU enlargement conditionality. Her most recent publication is European Union Enlargement Conditionality (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2015). Eli’s current research evaluated the limitations and implications of EU conditionality applied to member states by focusing on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) and Task Force for Greece (TFGR).


Dr Fatmir Besimi
Visiting Senior Fellow (Sep 2016 – Sep 2017)

Dr Fatmir Besimi has experience in politics, banking and academia. He was Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs (2013-2016), Minister of Defence (2011-2013) and Minister of Economy (2004-2006; 2008-2011). Also, he was Vice Governor of the National Bank (2002-2004) and economist at the World Bank (2007-2008) as a continuation of his earlier experience in commercial and central banking (1999-2001). He is the author of two books: “Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy of Macedonia: Accession to the European Union” (2009) and “My Notes: Integration beyond Rhetoric” (2015). His research interest during the visiting fellow program at LSEE was about the role of political economy in advancing the European integration of the Western Balkans. He holds PhD in Economics from Staffordshire University, UK.

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Dr Jarosław Wiśniewski
Visiting Fellow (April 2016 – July 2017)

Dr Wiśniewski is an academic and political analyst with working experience from both private and public sectors. He holds an MA in international relations from the University of Wroclaw and MA in Politics, Security and Integration from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He holds a PhD in European Politics from King’s College London (2013). He worked as a consultant in the third sector and for the British Council, Council of Europe and the European Commission, including running or coordinating projects in South East Europe and South Caucasus (2003 - 2013). He has also interned at the Europe Programme, Chatham House (2008). His research interests include: politics in Central and South East Europe, energy security, security and defence, Russian foreign policy, UK politics and European civil society.


Prof. Dr. Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski 
Visiting Senior Fellow (May 2017 – July 2017)

Prof. Dr. Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski has served as Dean of the School of Business Economics and Management at University American College Skopje since 2009. Previously, she has worked as Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Department in the Macedonian Ministry of Finance. She has completed a doctoral programme at Staffordshire University Business School, UK in 2006. Mojsoska-Blazevski is an author of many journal articles and several book chapters, mainly in the area of macroeconomics, labour market, education and social system and policy. 

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Dr Iva Tomić
Visiting Fellow (January – June 2016)

Dr Iva Tomic holds a tenure-track affiliation as a Research Associate at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in Croatia. She was awarded a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2013. Her main research interests are labour economics, applied microeconomics and public finances. During her visit at LSEE she worked on youth unemployment issues in European countries, with a special emphasis on the Croatian case and its cross comparison with other Southern European countries.

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Dr Joanna Hanson
Visiting Senior Fellow (April 2014 – March 2016)

Dr Joanna Hanson gained her PhD in Polish history from the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies in 1978. She later held a research fellowship at the LSE International Studies Research Division doing research on Polish-Jewish relations. In 1987 she joined the BBC Monitoring Service working on Central European and Balkan reporting during the fascinating years of the 1989 collapse of communism and transition. In 1995 she joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Research Analyst providing advice and analysis mainly on Poland, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo, but also on Climate Change. During that time she continued to research and publish on Polish history and Balkans issues. Her main historical publication is: The Civilian Population and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, CUP, 1982 and 2004. She retired from the FCO in 2013 and is concentrating her efforts on research and activism in civil society in the southern Balkans, and researching Anglo-Polish relations during the Solidarity period.


Dr Didem Buhari-Gulmez
Visiting Fellow (6 October 2014 – 5 October 2015)

Dr Didem Buhari-Gulmez obtained her PhD in Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London. Her research at LSEE was sponsored by TUBITAK post-doctoral fellowship and involveed a tridimensional approach to state recognition: European Union, World Polity and the contested state with a special focus on the cases of Kosovo, Crimea and Cyprus. Previously she was an Early Career research fellow at Oxford Brookes University. Her publications include amongst others: European Multiplicity (co-editor with Chris Rumford, Cambridge Scholars Press 2014); “Europeanization of Foreign Policy and World Culture: Turkey’s Cyprus policy”, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 12(1), 81-95, 2012; and “Stanford School on Sociological Institutionalism: a Global Cultural Approach”, International Political Sociology 4(3), 253-270, 2010.


Dr Henri Çili
Visiting Fellow (May – September 2015)

Dr Çili is one of the founders and Director General of the European University of Tirana, a leading university in Albania, as well as the founder of MAPO MEDIA Group. He has gained his PhD in Political Communication at University Paris II, under the supervision of Professor Jacque Barrat with a doctoral thesis on the development of the political communication in Albania from the early 1990s (fall of the communist regime) to the first decade of 00s (democratization and EU Accession). His research areas include political and party systems, media landscape and higher education. Henri is highly engaged in the public sphere in Albania not only as a key stakeholder in the higher education system, but also as an opinion-former in the media, contributing to quality debate with insights and analysis on public affairs and emerging issues in the development of the Albanian society and polity.


Dr Dimitar Bechev 
Visiting Fellow (13 October 2014 – 31 July 2015)

Dr Bechev has obtained his DPhil at Oxford University. He teaches international politics at Sofia University. His former posts include the directorship of the European Council on Foreign Relations’ office in Bulgaria and lectureships at Oxford and Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo). Dr Bechev has published extensively on EU foreign policy, the Balkans, Central Eastern Europe and Turkey.

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Dr Sherrill Stroschein
Visiting Senior Fellow (1 September 2014 – 31 July 2015)

Dr Stroschein is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Politics in the Department of Political Science at University College London, and director of the master’s program on Democracy and Comparative Politics. Previously she was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and an Assistant Professor at Ohio University. Her publications examine the politics of ethnicity in democracies with mixed ethnic or religious populations. In addition to journal articles, she has published Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe (Cambridge 2012, paperback 2014), and the edited volume Governance in Ethnically Mixed Cities (Routledge 2007). She is associate editor of the journal Problems of Post-Communism and is also regularly involved in planning for the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) annual conference.


Dr Burhan Can Karahasan
Visiting Fellow (October 2014 – July 2015)

Dr Karahasan is Assistant Professor in Economics at Piri Reis University. He received his MA degree from Boğaziçi University and PhD degree in Economics from Marmara University. Previously he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Barcelona Grup d'Anàlisi Quantitativa Regional. In 2010, he was granted the Best PhD Thesis award by Turkish Economic Association and in 2013 received the Ibn Khaldun Prize from Middle East Economic Association. His research at LSEE focused on the spatial imbalances in human capital development at local level in Turkey. Specific emphasis will be devoted to education policies and its cross comparison with Southern European countries.


Dr Jelena Lausev
Visiting Fellow (1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015)

With a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham, Jelena is currently Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Belgrade where she teaches Principles of Economics and Economics in Transition. Her research topic was on The Great Recession and the Public Sector Pay Gap in Eastern and Non-Eastern European Countries.


Dr Cigdem Borke Tunali
Visiting Fellow (2 February 2015 – 1 May 2015)

Dr Tunali is an assistant professor at Faculty of Economics, Istanbul University. She obtained her PhD in economics at Istanbul University and she is now working on her second PhD at Université de Strasbourg. Dr. Tunali was a visiting researcher at Economics and Finance Department of College of Business Arts and Social Sciences, Brunel University between 01 October 2013 and 31 July 2014 and worked on the state aid policy of the European Union. Her main research interests are macroeconomics, development economics, political economy and immigration. During her visit at LSEE she worked on the current account sustainability of Eastern European Countries.

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Dr Rifat Baris Tekin
Visiting Fellow (October 2013 – July 2014)

Dr Tekin is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Marmara University (Turkey). His research at LSEE focused on the potential impact of the present crisis in the Eurozone on economic relations and regional trade in South East Europe, with special attention to FDI flows and bilateral trade between Turkey and Greece, the two largest economies of the region. The research title is Foreign Direct Investment and International Trade during Times of Austerity and Crisis: The Case of South East Europe.

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Dr Oya Dursun-Özkanca
Visiting Fellow (29 April – 5 July 2013)

With a PhD from the University of Texas, Oya is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Director of the International Studies Minor at Elizabethtown College, PA. Her research interests include Turkish foreign policy, transatlantic security, NATO, Security Sector Reform, peacebuilding operations in the Balkans, EU enlargement, and the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU.


Dr Branislav Radeljić
Visiting Fellow (14 January – 30 June 2013)

With a PhD in politics from Goldsmiths, University of London, Branislav is currently senior lecturer in international politics at the school of law and social sciences of the University of East London. His main research interests focus on the study of European Union politics and the Western Balkans. In addition to these, Branislav is interested in, and has written about, the presence of Islam in the EU and its impact on future EU policy-making.


Dr Damiana Otoiu
Visiting Fellow (16 January – 19 May 2013)

With a PhD in Political Science, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Damiana is an anthropologist of politics whose research is focused on (re)defining and disputing property rights in postsocialist and postcolonial contexts. She is also a lecturer in Political and Urban Anthropology in the Department of Political Science of the University of Bucharest, and a Research Associate of the Center for the Study of Political Life (CEVIPOL), Université Libre de Bruxelles. At LSEE she conducted research on the social history of the so-called "Nomenklatura District" in the North of Bucharest, and on the relationship between political hierarchies and real estate privileges in postsocialist Romania.


Dr Kenneth Morrison
Visiting Senior Fellow (29 Sept 2011 – 29 June 2012).

Kenneth's principal research interests lie in the field of Southeast European studies with emphasis on ethno-religious and ethno-political conflict and the historical process of nation and state building in communist and post-communist states. Kenneth is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History in the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, having previously held posts at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London and Aberdeen.


Dr Aleksandra Nojković
Visiting Fellow (September – December 2011)

Aleksandra is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Unviersity of Belgrade. Her research focuses on the econometrics of economic growth and reforms in transition countries. Following her Visiting Fellowship she has continued to work with Dr Will Bartlett on the problem of reform complementarity in the economic transition in South East Europe within the FP7 "SEARCH" project currently being carried out at LSEE.

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Dr Alper Duman
Visiting Senior Fellow (March – September 2011)

Alper works in the economics department of the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. Some of his publications include 'A Sectoral Approach to the Surging Imports in Turkey' (2010), 'Economic Cooperation In Turkish Culture: Public Goods Games And Lonely Elephants' (2010), and 'Corporate Governance Networks in Turkey' (2009).

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Prof Adam Fagan
Visiting Fellow (Spring 2010 – 2011)

At the time of his fellowship, Prof Fagan was Prof of Politics at Queen Mary University. His research focused on the Europeanization of the former Yugoslav states of the Western Balkans. His publications include 'Europe's Balkan Dilemma: Path's to State building or Civil Society?', I.B. Tauris 2010, and 'Environment and Democracy in the Czech Republic: The Environmental Movement in the Transition Process', Elgar 2004, as well as a number of journal articles on environment, civil society and governance during transition.


Prof Umut Özkırımlı
Visiting Senior Fellow (January – December 2010)

Prof Özkırımlı's research interests include Islam and nationalism, and cosmopolitanism. Umut is Professor of Politics and the Director of Turkish-Greek Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University. Some of his recent publications are 'Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle: Cyprus, Greece and Turkey' (edited collection with Ayhan Aktar and Niyazi Kızılyürek, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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Prof Slobodan Marković
Visiting Fellow (Spring 2010)

Slobodan has been an Associate Professor of Political Science Faculty of the University of Belgrade since 2004. His principal research interests lie in the field of Balkan studies, political anthropology, the history of pessimism and Serbian relations with the United States and Great Britain. His publications include 'British Perceptions of Serbia and the Balkans, 1903-1906' (Paris: Dialogue, 2000) and 'Challenges to New Democracies' (Belgrade: Cigoja Press, 2004).

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Prof Florian Bieber
Visiting Fellow (Spring 2010)

Florian is currently Professor of Southeast European Studies and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He was previously a lecturer in East European Politics at the University of Kent. His principle research interests include contemporary politics in SE Europe, the dissolution of Yugoslavia, nationalism and ethnic conflict and democratization in the post-communist world. His publications include 'Popular Mobilisation in the 1990s: Nationalism, democracy and the slow decline of the Milošević regime', Dejan Djokić and James Ker-Lindsay (eds), 'New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies' (London: Routledge.161-175) and 'Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1990, Sabrina Petra Ramet' (ed.), 'Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989' (Cambridge University, 2010).

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Tim Judah
Visiting Senior Fellow (Spring 2009)

Tim was previously the Balkans correspondent for The Times and The Economist, and he is the author of four books on the Balkans. His first book 'The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia', was published in 1997. He has since gone on to publish 'Kosovo: War and Revenge' (Yale, 2000), 'Kosovo: What everyone needs to know' (Oxford, 2008) and 'Serbians: The chosen people' (SANU galactic press, 2008). He is currently President of the Board for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).