Yannis Stivachtis


Yannis Stivachtis

Associate Professor and Director, International Studies Program


119 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


  • International Relations Theory
  • International Organizations
  • European Union
  • Strategy and (inter)national security
  • Diplomacy & Foreign Policy

Professional Activities

  • Editor, Critical European Studies Book Series
  • Editor, Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies
  • Vice-Chair, Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Program, Research Executive Agency, European Commission
  • Director, Center for European & Mediterranean Affairs, ATINER
  • Director, Diplomacy Lab Program, Virginia Tech


  • Ph.D. in Poltiics & International Relations (Lancaster, UK)
  • MA in International Relations & Strategic Studies (Lancaster, UK)
  • Graduate Certificate in International Law (Panteion University, Greece)
  • BA in International Studies (Panteion University, Greece)

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Excellence in Administration Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, April, 2017.

    College Award for Outreach Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, April, 2013.

    Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, April, 2011.

    Selected Publications


    The Enlargement of International Society: Culture versus Anarchy and Greece’s Entry into International Society (London: Macmillan, 1998).

    Non-Offensive Defence in the Middle East? (New York: United Nations Publications, 1998).

    Co-operative Security and Non-Offensive Defence in the Zone of War: The Greek-Turkish and the Arab-Israeli Cases (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2001).

    The State/Society Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for U.S. Intervention and Peace/State-building Operations (Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College Press, 2015).

    Text Books

    Human and State (In)Security in a Globalized World, 2nd edition (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011), pp. 475; 1st edition (2010), pp. 449. 

    Edited Books

    Hartmut Behr and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), Revisiting the Idea of the European Union as Empire, Critical European Studies Series (London: Routledge, 2015).


    “International Society versus World Society: Europe and the Greek War of Independence,” International Politics, 55(1), 2018, pp. 1-17.

    “Interrogating Regional International Societies, Questioning the Global International Society,” Global Discourse, 5(3), 2015, pp. 327-40.

    “Liberal Democracy, Market Economy, and International Conduct as Standards of ‘Civilization’ in Contemporary International Society: The Case of Russia’s Entry into the ‘Community of Civilized States’,” Journal of Eurasian Studies, 6(2), 2015, pp. 1-13.

    “International Society and Regional Integration in Central Asia,” Journal of Eurasian Studies, 5(1), 2014, pp. 58-76. 


    “Greece’s Entry into International Society,” in Filip Ejdus (ed.), Entry into International Society: A View from the European Periphery (London: Routledge, 2017).

    “The English School of International Relations,” in Stephen McGlinchey (ed.), International Relations Theory: A Practical Introduction (Bristol: E-International Relations Publishing, 2017) .

    “Democracy Promotion as a Security Strategy,” in Margie Marlin and Scott Romaniuk (eds.), Democracy and Civil Society in a Global Era, Public Administration and Public Policy Book Series (London: Routledge, 2016).

    “Shifting Gear: From Global to Regional – The English School and the Study of Sub-Global International Societies,” in Robert W. Murray (ed.), Exploring the English School of International Relations (Bristol: E-International Relations Publishing, 2015).

    Sponsored Research

    The State/Society Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for U.S. Strategy; project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (2014-15).

    Using Sports as a Peace-building Tool: A Handbook for UN Peacekeeping Forces (2009-11); project funded by the International Olympic Truce Center.

    The International Law of War and the Protection of Cultural Heritage during Military Conflicts (2001); project funded by the Austrian League for Cultural Heritage Protection during Military Conflicts. 

    Additional Information

    Yannis Stivachtis taught at the Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations  and served as Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Austrian Institute for European & Security Policy (AIES) and the Austrian Institute for Strategy and Security Policy (ISS). He served as the Chair of the English School section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and is currently the co-convener of the section’s Working Group on the History of International Society. He is also a Senior Advisor of the Research Institute for European & American Studies (RIEAS). His publications include Conceptualizing World Society (editor, International Politics, 2018); Europe after Enlargement (co-editor, Routledge 2014); European Union & Peacebuilding (co-editor, Review of European Studies, 2013); EUrope and the World (editor, Review of European Studies, 2012); The Road to EU Membership: The Economic Transformation of Turkey (co-editor, Brussels University Press, 2011); International Society in post-Enlargement Europe (co-editor, Journal of European Integration, 2011); Turkey-European Union Relations (co-editor, Lexington Books, 2008); The State of European Integration (editor, Ashgate, 2007); International Order in a Globalized World (editor, Ashgate, 2007); and European Union's Mediterranean Enlargement (co-editor, Peter Lang, 2002). He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited volumes.