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.
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.
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.'
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.
Articles In Journals
- Filippidou A (2022) The oxymoron of a benevolent authoritarian leadership: the case of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Hassan Nasrallah, Terrorism and Political Violence, 34 (3) 585-604.
- Filippidou A & O’Brien T (2022) Trust and distrust in the resolution of protracted social conflicts: the case of Colombia, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 14 (1) 1-21.
- Silke A & Filippidou A (2019) What drives terrorist innovation? Lessons from black September and Munich 1972, Security Journal, 33 (June) 210-227.
- Filippidou & A. (2019) The impact of forced top-down nation building on conflict resolution: lessons from the 1923 compulsory population exchange between Greece and Turkey, Nationalities Papers, available online 5th November 2019 (1).
- Filippidou A (2009) Intrastate violent conflicts and peace processes: the role of paramilitary prisoners, World Defence Systems, 2.
- Filippidou A (2007) Negotiating Tactics in Low Intensity Conflicts, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 7 (3) 94-108.
- 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.
- Filippidou A (2023) Chapter 12: terrorism: the never-changing chameleon. In: The Routledge Handbook of the Future of Warfare, Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, p. 131-141.
- Filippidou A (2023) Chapter 7: Ethnographic approaches in terrorism studies and research. In: A research agenda for terrorism studies, Edward Elgar, p. 107-118.
- Filippidou A (2022) Chapter 9: the weaponisation of the Eastern Mediterranean: refugees as the Trojan horse for diplomatic bargaining. In: Power and the maritime domain: a global dialogue, London: Routledge, p. 129-143.
- Filippidou A (2020) Chapter 6: deterring violent extremism and terrorism. In: Deterrence: concepts and approaches for current and emerging threats, Switzerland: Springer, p. 1-18.
- Filippidou A (2020) Chapter 1: Deterrence concepts and approaches for current and emerging threats. In: Deterrence: Concepts and Approaches for Current and Emerging Threats, Switzerland: Springer, p. 1-18.
- Filippidou A (eds), (2020) Deterrence: concepts and approaches for current and emerging threats, Switzerland: Springer, Cham.
- Filippidou A (2018) Negotiating Theories and Tactics in Asymmetric Conflicts. Palgrave/Macmillan, ed. 1st.
- Filippidou A (2016) Lebanese Republic. In: Security Sector Horizon-Scanning 2016 – Middle East, Shrivenham: Cranfield University, p. 121-156.
- Filippidou A (2015) Lebanese Republic. In: Security Sector Horizon Scanning 2015 - Near East, Shrivenham, UK: Cranfield University, p. 98-126.
- Filippidou A (2014) The role of Leadership in Transitional States. Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, USA: Strategic Studies Institute.
- Filippidou A (2013) Black Sites and Extraordinary Renditions: outsourcing the ‘special relationship'. In: Anti-Americanism in the UK Security and Defence Sector. Kennedy, Gregory (ed.), Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, USA: Strategic Studies Institute.