Contact Dr Anastasia Filippidou


Dr Anastasia Filippidou joined Cranfield University in 2009. She holds a PhD from the War Studies Department, KCL, University of London and her thesis focused on peace processes and negotiating methods with terrorist organisations. Her research and teaching focuses on conflict resolution, counter-terrorism, leadership in transitional states, deterrence and radical extremism. Her edited book entitled 'Deterrence: concepts and approaches for current and emerging threats' was published in January 2020.  Dr Filippidou's latest article entitled The Oxymoron of a Benevolent Authoritarian Leadership: The Case of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Hassan Nasrallah ( has been published in the journal of Terrorism and Political Violence (February 2020). Her current research focuses on diplomacy and extremism in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Latin America. anastasia has conducted and published funded research for government organisations in the UK and USA.

Dr Filippidou is the Course Director of the MSc Counterterrorism. She has delivered courses on terrorism and counterterrorism for the Home Office. Prior to her employment at Cranfield University, she was a Lecturer at the Defence Studies Department, King's College London, while she has also acted as teaching fellow at the War Studies Department, King's College London. She conducts primary research in five languages (Spanish, French, Greek; proficient in Russian, and Arabic).

Research opportunity

Dr Filippidou is happy to accept PhD students in topics that fall within her research remit outlined above. 

Current activities

- Editing her monograph on ‘Peace Processes and Negotiating Tactics with Terrorist Organisations’ 

-  A. Filippidou (ed). 'Deterrence: Concepts and Approaches for Current and Emerging Threats' (Switzerland: Springer, 2020)

- Counterterrorism and deterrence

- Leadership in Transitional States: focus on Latin America and the Middle East



Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • 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.