Professor George Kassimeris

Photo George Kassimeris
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
Tel 0776 2232012
E-mail G.Kassimeris@wlv.ac.uk
Address Mary Seacole Building, Nursery Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD

Biography

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.

Academic qualifications

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.

Teaching interests

George currently teaches Master’s and undergraduate modules on terrorism, political violence and on barbarity in warfare.

Research interests

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.

PhD supervision

George is  interested in supervising PhD projects on his areas of interest and generally on all post-9/11-related security themes.

External academic roles

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.

Selected publications

Books

Inside Greek TerrorismInside 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 GuidePlaying 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 WarfareThe 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 WarfareWarrior’s Dishonour: Barbarity, Morality and Torture in Modern Warfare

(Ashgate, 2006)

‘An eminent  project’  - International Affairs

 

Europe’s Last Red Terrorists: The Revolutionary Organisation 17 November 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

 

Selected articles

  • ‘Negotiating race and religion in the West Midlands: narratives of inclusion and exclusion during the 1967-69 Wolverhampton bus workers’ turban dispute’ in Contemporary British History (Vol.31 No.1 2017)
  • ‘Greece’s Terrorism Problem: A Reassessment’ in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (Volume 39, No.9, 2016)
  • ‘The Ideology and Discourse of the English Defence League: ‘Not Racist, Not Violent, Just No Longer Silent’ in British Journal of Politics & International Relations (Volume 17, No. 1, 2015)
  • ‘Anarchy in Athens: The evolution of Greece’s armed revolutionaries’ in IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review (Volume 27, No.3, 2015)
  • 'Greece: The Persistence of Political Terrorism' in International Affairs (Volume 89, No. 1, January 2013)
  • ‘British Muslims and the Discourses of Dysfunction: Community Cohesion and Counterterrorism in the West Midlands’ in Critical Studies on Terrorism (Volume 4, Issue 3, 2012)
  • ‘Greece’s New Generation of Terrorists Part 2:  The Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire’ in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism  (Volume 35, Issue 7, 2012)
  • ‘Examining Associations of Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants in Greece’ in Religion, State & Society (Volume 40, Issue 2, 2012)
  • ‘Why do Greek Terrorists Give Up? Analyzing Individual Exit from the Revolutionary Organization 17 November’ in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (Volume 34, Issue 7, 2011)
  • ‘Greece’s New Generation of Terrorists:  The Revolutionary Struggle’ in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism  (Volume 34, Issue 3, 2011)
  • ‘The West, The Rest, and The ‘War on Terror’: Representation of Muslims in Neoconservative Media Discourse’ in Contemporary Politics (Volume 17, Issue 1, 2011)
  • 'Still Fighting for Revolution: Greece’s New Generation of Terrorists in CTC Sentinel (Vol.3, No.6, June 2010)
  • Torture and Terrorism: An Interview with Moazzam Begg’ in Critical Studies on Terrorism (Vol.1, No.3, October 2008).
  • War and Barbarity in History Today (November 2006)
  • 'Last Act in a Violent Drama? The Trial of Greece’s Revolutionary Organization 17 November' in Terrorism and Political Violence (Vol. 18, No1, 2006)
  • 'What not to do when dealing with terrorism: The Greek experience' in Democracy & Security (Vol.1, No.1 Jan-July 2005)
  • 'Junta by Another Name? The 1974 Metapolitefsi and the Greek extra-parliamentary Left', in Journal of Contemporary History (Vol.40, No.4 October 2005)
  • 'Urban Guerrilla or Revolutionary Fantasist?  Dimitris Koufodinas and the 17 November Group' in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism(Vol.28, No.1 Jan-Feb 2005)
  • 'Fighting for Revolution?  The Life and Death of Greece’s Revolutionary Organization 17 November (1975-2002)', in Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, (Vol.6, No.3, Dec. 2004) 
  • 'The 2004 Greek Election: PASOK’s Monopoly Ends' in West European Politics(Vol.27, No.5, November 2004)