Nikola Novak has a PhD in History, Security and Defense Studies organized by the ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon and Portuguese Military Academy. His fields of study are security studies, the history of former Yugoslavia, border studies, geopolitics and divided cities. Nikola graduated in 2016 on the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb and holds a MA with the thesis about the role of diplomacy in the battle for the international recognition of Croatia. His mother tongue is Croatian, he is fluent in English and Serbian, speaks Portuguese and German and uses Spanish.

Personal identification

Full name
Nikola Novak

Citation names

  • Novak, Nikola

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  • http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=https://scholar.google.hr/citations?hl=hr&user=CbmxuuQAAAAJ (Scholar)
  • https://iscte-iul.academia.edu/NikolaNovak (Personal)

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Political Sciences
Degree Classification
História, Estudos de Segurança e Defesa (Doutoramento)
Major in Sem especialidade
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
"The history of micro-geopolitical divisions: divided cities in former Yugoslav States" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
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  1. Novak, N.. The History of Micro-Geopolitical Divisions: Divided Cities in Former Yugoslav States. Zagreb, Croatia: Despot Infinitus. 2021.
Book review
  1. Novak, N.. "Vedran Duancic Geography and Nationalist Visions of Interwar Yugoslavia Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature Switzerland AG (str. 286)". 2-3 (2021): 145-149. https://hrcak.srce.hr/politicke-perspektive?lang=en.
    Published • 10.20901/pp
Conference paper
  1. Novak, N.; Zorko, M.. "GEOPOLITICAL IMAGINATION OF ETHNIC MAYORITY’S DOMINANCE IN THE FEDERATION OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA". Paper presented in Interdisciplinary Conference with International Cooperation „Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina – holders of European values?, Neum, 2017.
  2. Novak, N.; Zorko, M.. "Micro-geopolitical borders of divided cities: the case study of Mostar". Paper presented in International Scientific Conference: security concepts and policies - new generation of risks and threats proceedings, Ohrid, 2017.
Journal article
  1. Novak, N.. "Practical Geopolitics in Cinematic Narratives of Marvel’s The Avengers Film Franchise". Central European Journal of International and Security Studies 15 2 (2021): 4-22. http://www.cejiss.org/issue-detail/10.51870-CEJISS.A150201.
    Published • 10.51870/CEJISS.XKVV3716
  2. Zorko, M.; Novak, N.. "Deconstructing the discourse of divisions: mental boundaries in the divided city of Vukovar". Belgeo 2 (2020): https://journals.openedition.org/belgeo/38904.
    Published • 10.4000/belgeo.38904
  3. Zorko, M.; Novak, N.. "Classifying divided cities: the need for geopolitical perspective?". Sociologija i prostor 57 2 (2019): 159-171. https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=325553&lang=en.
    Published • 10.5673/sip.57.2.3
  4. Novak, N.. "Geopolitical imaginations of Russia in the region of the central and eastern Europe". Montenegrin Journal for Social Sciences 3 1 (2019): 7-28. http://www.mjss.ac.me/index.php/en/.
  5. Novak, N.; Silva, T. D. H.. "Which education model for the Armed Forces and National Security to choose – can Croatia learn from Portugal?". Strategos: Scientific journal of the Croatian Defence Academy 2 2 (2018): 45-66. https://hrcak.srce.hr/213205.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Novak, N.. "The history of micro-geopolitical divisions: divided cities in former Yugoslav States". PhD, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10071/22048.


Other output
  1. Uloga pozadinskih kanala i paralelne diplomacije u borbi za medunarodno priznanje Hrvatske ; The role of backchannel negotiations and parallel diplomacy in the battle for international recognition of Croatia. 2016. Novak, N.. https://zir.nsk.hr/islandora/object/fpzg:252.
  2. Europski demos - Postoji li politicka potpora Europskoj uniji nakon pristupanja Republike Hrvatske?. Europske studije. 2015. Novak, N.. https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=221744.