|Name||Professor George Kassimeris|
|Role||Chair in Security Studies|
|Research Area||Conflict Studies|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|School||School of Social, Historical and Political Studies|
|Address||Mary Seacole Building, Nursery Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD|
George Kassimeris has been researching and writing on terrorism and political violence for more than 20 years and has successfully built a reputation as the leading expert on Greek terrorism and one of the best recognised European scholars working in the field.
His latest research monograph published by Hurst in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US is entitled Inside Greek Terrorism and draws on interviews with imprisoned terrorists and former militants from defunct Greek terrorist groups to offer valuable insights into the complex processes of involvement in and disengagement from terrorism.
Kassimeris’s research on terrorism has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, the European Union and the Smith Richardson Foundation. He has lectured widely on terrorism and political violence, including invited lectures and keynote speeches in Britain, the United States, Canada, France, Serbia, Spain, Greece and Turkey.
A political journalist before joining the academia, Kassimeris comments regularly for current security affairs for the BBC and other international media. His journalism has appeared in a wide range of publications including, the Wall Street Journal Europe, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The World Today, The South China Morning Post, and The Times Literary Supplement.
Kassimeris tweets @GKassimeris and blogs for the Times Higher, Huffington Post, EUROPP and the PSA.
George has a doctorate in International Relations from St Andrews in Scotland where he studied on a scholarship under the doyen of terrorism specialists, the late Professor Paul Wilkinson. He also holds MA in European Studies and a BA in Politics from Reading University.
George currently teaches Master’s and undergraduate modules on terrorism, political violence and on barbarity in warfare.
My research on terrorism has made major contributions to developing a theoretically and empirically rigorous understanding of the strategic dynamics of terrorist campaigns, and – more generally – how terrorism and terrorist groups have changed over recent decades. It has resulted in two research monographs, a widely noted edited collection of essays and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on the evolution of terrorist groups and their political and military strategies; the dynamics of terrorist campaigns and their implications for counter-terrorism; the relationship between democracy and terrorism and the responses to terrorism by democratic governments and societies. More recent publications have addressed the issues of the causes and processes of terrorist engagement, disengagement, and dissociation; community cohesion and counter-terrorism; and the ideology and discourse of the English Defence League.
George is interested in supervising PhD projects on his areas of interest and generally on all post-9/11-related security themes.
Kassimeris is editor of Critical Studies on Terrorism, a Taylor & Francis journal and also serves on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the leading academic journal in the field.
Inside Greek Terrorism (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2013)
‘ indisputably the most analytic and complete work over Greek terrorism, both in English and in Greek, ever published’ Southeast European and Black Sea Studies
‘…Kassimeris’s new book is both timely and impressive….’ — Richard English,Terrorism and Political Violence
Playing Politics with Terrorism: A User’s Guide
(Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2007)
‘Brilliant, mind-opening stuff’ Best Books of 2007, the Independent
The Barbarisation of Warfare
(Hurst/New York University Press, 2006)
‘Kassimeris has enlisted an all-star line up of contributors’ - TLS
Warrior’s Dishonour: Barbarity, Morality and Torture in Modern Warfare
‘An eminent project’ - International Affairs
Europe’s Last Red Terrorists: The Revolutionary Organisation 17 November (Hurst/New York University Press, 2001)
'It must be emphasized that the "degree of difficulty" that the author faced in writing this book was at least an 8 out of 10. Imagine being given the task of painting a field of wildflowers with only two colours. Kassimeris has done an admirable job' - Studies in Conflict and Terrorism