Contact Dr Anastasia Filippidou


Dr Anastasia Filippidou is a Senior Lecturer in terrorism, intelligence, and conflict resolution at the Cranfield Forensic Institute. Anastasia is the course director of the MSc Counterterrorism. She joined Cranfield University in 2009, she is a graduate of Oxford University, and holds a PhD from the War Studies Department, KCL, University of London. Anastasia’s thesis was a comparative study and examined peace processes and negotiating methods with terrorist organisations. She specialises in terrorism, intelligence and conflict resolution, leadership in transitional states, deterrence and radical extremism. Anastasia currently focuses on diplomacy and violent extremism in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Latin America.  

Prior to her employment at Cranfield University, she was a Lecturer at the Defence Studies Department, King's College London, while she was also a teaching fellow at the War Studies Department, King's College London. She works fluently in five languages - Spanish, French, Greek; proficient in Russian, and Arabic - and is currently learning Turkish. 

Research opportunities

Dr Filippidou is interested in working in the areas of terrorism and violent extremism, intelligence, leadership and conflict resolution, diplomacy and peace processes. 

See below for publications in these areas. 

Research students

Ben Tripp, Cranfield University, title: 'US counter-terrorism campaigns and their relationship with just war tradition.’

Kirby Wedekind, Cranfield University, title: ‘Perpetual War:  US National Interest and Global Security in the 21st Century.’

Samara Ahmad, Cranfield University, title: ‘The Role of Education in Radicalisation: an evaluation of the impact of Madrassas established in the UK.'

Current activities

Dr Filippidou is the Programme Director of the MSc Counterterrorism, on which she delivers a number of courses. She runs modules on several Mater’s degrees including the MSc Defence Leadership, and the MSc Counterterrorism, Risk Management, and Resilience. She delivers short courses on terrorism, intelligence, leadership, and conflict resolution in the UK and abroad from South East Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.


 Member of the team for the ‘Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context’ programme, part of the UK Defence Engagement Strategy delivering courses internationally.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Filippidou A (2022) When the margins become the protagonists: the peace processes in Northern Ireland, Colombia, and Lebanon. In: PSA Annual International Conference 2022, York University, 11-13 April 2022.
  • Filippidou A (2022) An umbrella methodology? Ethnographic approaches in terrorism studies. In: 14th Annual Society for Terrorism Research International Conference, Coventry University, 8-9 September 2022.
  • Filippidou A (2022) In from the cold: the role of whistleblowers in the intelligence community the case of CIA, FBI and counterterrorism. In: 14th Annual Society for Terrorism Research International Conference, Coventry University, 8-9 September 2022.
  • Filippidou A (2018) US Foreign Policy and the Mediterranean (Panelist). In: International History and Diplomacy in the 20thC Third Annual Symposium, Oxford University, Oxford University, 4 May 2018.
  • Filippidou A (2017) Deterrence and Conflict Resolution. In: PSA 67th Annual International Conference, Glasgow, 10 April 2017.
  • Filippidou A (2017) Learning from Conflict Resolution Processes and State-Building Efforts. In: 20th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association International Congress, Valletta, 31 May 2017.
  • Filippidou A (2016) Learning from conflict resolution efforts: compulsory population exchanges. In: 83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Ottawa, 14-17 April 2016.
  • Filippidou A (2016) When conflict resolution efforts create conflict: revisiting the Turco-Greek compulsory exchange of populations. In: 26th Annual ASEN Conference, London, 19-21 April 2016.
  • Filippidou A (2015) Learning from conflict resolution processes and state-building efforts: the cases of Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, the Basque Country and Northern Ireland. In: 56th Annual ISA Convention, New Orleans, 18 February 2015.
  • Filippidou A (2014) The Role of Leadership in Transitional States: the cases of Lebanon, Israel-Palestine. In: 7th Annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), Washington, DC, 30 October 2014.
  • Filippidou A (2011) Black Sites and Extraordinary Renditions: outsourcing the ‘special relationship?. In: 10th Annual Conference Transatlantic Studies Association, Dundee, 11 July 20111.
  • Filippidou A (2010) Leadership and Peace Processes. In: 20th Annual ASEN Conference, London, 13 April 2010.
  • Filippidou A (2008) The West and its Attitude towards Ethnic or Civic State-Building. In: 18th Annual ASEN Conference, London, 15 April 2008.
  • Filippidou A (2007) Negotiating Tactics and Conflict Resolution Processes in Long-Lasting Intrastate Conflicts. In: 17th Annual ASEN Conference, London, 17 April 2007.