Yannis Stivachtis

Yannis Stivachtis, Assistant Professor

Yannis Stivachtis, Assistant Professor
Yannis Stivachtis, Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science
119 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5816 |  ystivach@vt.edu

Yannis A. Stivachtis is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the international Studies Program. He is also the University Coordinator for the Diplomacy Lab program. He was recently awarded a Jean Monnet Chair (in recognition of excellence in European Union Studies) by the European Commission - Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA).

His research and teaching interests include the European Union’s strategy, external relations and interior policies; European organizations; the evolution of international society; international and world order; the study of regional international system/society in Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East; and international security.

Stivachtis has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as several books. He has also presented at several national and international conferences and has given invited talks at the London School of Economics, the Bundeswehr University-Munich, the Pontifican Catholic University of Minas (Brazil), The Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce- University of Kentucky, the University of Virginia, Kent State University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and the University of Central Missouri.

Stivachtis is currently the editor of the Critical European Studies book series (Routledge) and co-editor of the Athens Journal for Mediterranean Studies. His current service includes: Director of the Center for European & Mediterranean Affairs (CEMA); Vice-Chair of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships Program, European Commission-Research Executive Agency (REA); Advisory Board Member of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, Bellevue University; and Senior Advisor of the Research Institute for European & American Studies (RIEAS).

  • European Union’s strategy, external relations and interior policies
  • European Organizations
  • International and world order
  • Regional international systems/societies (Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East)
  • International Security
  • PhD in Politics & International Relations, Lancaster University, UK
  • MA in International Relations & Strategic Studies, Lancaster University, UK
  • Graduate Certificate in International Law, Panteion University, Greece
  • BA (with distinction) in International Studies, Panteion University, Greece
  • Director, International Studies Program
  • University Coordinator & Department of State Liaison, Diplomacy Lab Program
  • Editor, Critical European Studies Book Series, Routledge
  • Co-Editor, Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies
  • Vice-Chair, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships Program, Research Executive Agency (REA), European Commission.
  • Director, Center for European & Mediterranean Affairs (CEMA), Athens Institute for Education & Research (ATINER).
  • Convener of the English School Working Group on the History of International Society
  • Co-convener of the English School Working Group on Religion and International Society
  • Advisory Board Member, Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, Bellevue University
  • Senior Advisor, Research Institute for European & American Studies (RIEAS), Athens, Greece
  • Jean Monnet Chair, (recognized excellence in European Union Studies), European Commission - Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA).
  • Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education, University Committee on International Affairs, Virginia Tech, May 2019.
  • Excellence in Administration Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, March 2017.
  • National Security Scholar, named by The Honorable Deborah James, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, September 19, 2014.
  • 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.
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Virginia Tech, April, 2010.
  • The U.S. Army War College D.D. Eisenhower Recognition Award for the contribution to the Eisenhower Series College Program, April 14, 2009.
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Student Advising Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, April, 2009.
  • Finalist, National Inspire Integrity Award, short-listed, National Association of Collegiate Scholars, January 2009.
  • Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award, Student Alumni Associates, Virginia Tech Alumni Associations, April 12, 2007.

Books authored and Co-authored

Yannis A. Stivachtis, The State/Society Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for U.S. Peace/State-building Operations, Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) (Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College Press, 2015).

Yannis A. Stivachtis, Human and State (In)Security in a Globalized World, 2nd edition (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011).

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

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

Bjorn Moller, Gustav Däniker, Shmuel Limone and Yannis A. Stivachtis, Non-Offensive Defence in the Middle East? (New York: United Nations Publications, 1998).

Edited and Co-edited Books

Bettina Koch and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), Regional Security in the Middle East: Sectors, Variables and Issues (Bristol: e-International Relations Publishing, May 2019).

Yannis A. Stivachtis (ed.), Conflict and Diplomacy in the Middle East: External Actors and Regional Rivalries (Bristol: e-International Relations Publishing, 2018).

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

Yannis A. Stivachtis and Mark Webber (eds.), Europe after Enlargement (London: Routledge, 2014).  

Selen Sarisoy Guerin and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), On the Road to EU Membership: The Economic Dimension of Turkey’s Accession to the European Union (Brussels: Brussels University Press, 2011).

Meltem Muftuler-Bac and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), Turkey-European Union Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities, and Constraints (Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

Yannis A. Stivachtis (ed.), The State of European Integration (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).

Yannis A. Stivachtis (ed.), International Order in a Globalizing World, global Interdisciplinary Studies Series (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).

Andrea K. Riemer and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), Understanding European Union’s Mediterranean Enlargement: The English School and the Expansion of Regional International Societies (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2002).

Special Journal Issues Edited and Co-edited

Yannis A. Stivachtis (ed.), World Society in English School Theory, special issue, International Politics, vol. 55(1), 2018.

Yannis A. Stivachtis (ed.), Interrogating Regional International Societies, Questioning the Global International Society, special issue, Global Discourse, 5(3), 2015.

Max Stephenson Jr., Yannis A. Stivachtis and Laura Zanotti (eds.), The European Union and Peace-building, special issue, Review of European Studies, 5(3), 2013.

Yannis A. Stivachtis (ed.), EUrope and the World, special issue, Review of European Studies, 4(3), 2012.

Yannis A. Stivachtis and Mark Webber (eds.), Regional International Society in a Post-Enlargement Europe, special issue, Journal of European Integration 33(2), 2011.

Journal Articles

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “The ‘Civilizing’ Empire: The European Union and the MENA Neighborhood,” Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies 4(2): 91-105, 2018.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “World Society versus International Society and Greece’s Entry into International Society,” International Politics 55(1): 108-24, 2018.

Scott Romaniuk and Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Sovereignty and European Integration: Deconstruction or Reconstruction of State Authority?” Review of European Studies 7(3): 175-84, 2015.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “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): 1-13, 2015.

Georgeta Pourchot and Yannis A. Stivachtis, “International Society and Regional Integration in Central Asia,” Journal of Eurasian Studies 5(1): 58-76, 2014.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “European Union and World Order: An English School Approach,” International Studies 2(2): 231-41, 2014.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “The English School and the Concept of ‘Empire,’ Global Discourse 3(1): 1-7, 2013.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, Chris Price and Mike Habegger, “The European Union as Peace Actor,” Review of European Studies 5(3): 4-17, 2013.

Yannis A. Stivachtis and Stefanie Georgakis, “Democratization as a Peace Strategy,” Review of European Studies 5(3): 95-104, 2013.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “American Perceptions of the European Union and Its Role in World Affairs,” Review of European Studies 4(3): 64-76, 2012.

Yannis A. Stivachtis and Mike Habegger, “The Council of Europe: The Institutional Limits of Contemporary European International Society?” Journal of European Integration 33(2): 159-78, 2011.

Yannis A. Stivachtis and Stefanie Georgakis, “Changing Gender Attitudes in Candidate Countries: The Impact of EU Conditionality – The Case of Turkey," Journal of European Integration 33(1): 75-92, 2011.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “‘Civilizing’ the Post- Soviet/Socialist Space: An English School Approach to State Socialization in Europe - The Cases of NATO and the Council of Europe,” Perspectives: Central European Review of International Relations 18(2): 5-32, 2010.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Terrorism and the Expansion of International Society: An English School Approach,” Virginia Social Science Journal 45: 21-48, 2010.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “EU Accession Pressures and Foreign Policy Dilemmas: The Case of Romania – Implications for Prospective Balkan EU Candidate States,” New Balkan Politics, Volume 11, 2009, pp. 1-24.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Power in the Contemporary International Society,” Journal of Political and Military Sociology, 36(1), 2008, pp. 85-101.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Civilization and International Society: The Case of European Union Expansion,” Contemporary Politics, 14(1), 2008, pp. 71-90.

Book Chapters

Allison Miller and Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Investigation of Terrorist Cases Involving Internet,” in John R. Vacca (ed.), Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization (London: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2019), pp. 165-79.

Chelsea Manning and Yannis A. Stivachtis “The Cold War International Society: Global Order in the Era of Nuclear Terror,” in Allison L. Palmadessa (ed.), Cold War: Global Impact and Lessons Learned (New York: Nova Publishers, 2019), pp. 1-46.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Political (In)Security in the Middle East,” in Bettina Koch and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), Regional Security in the Middle East: Sectors, Variables and Issues (Bristol: e-International Relations Publishing, May 2019) pp. 23-44.

Stefanie Georgakis Abbott and Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Democracy, Migration and Security in the Middle East,” in Bettina Koch and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), Regional Security in the Middle East: Sectors, Variables and Issues (Bristol: e-International Relations Publishing, May 2019), pp. 99-130.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “The EU and the Middle East: The European Neighborhood Policy,” in Yannis A. Stivachtis (ed.), Conflict and Diplomacy in the Middle East: External Actors and Regional Rivalries (Bristol: e-International Relations Publishing, 2018), pp. 110-27.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Eastern Mediterranean: A New Region? Theoretical Considerations, in Aristotelis Tziabiris and Spyridon Litsas (eds.), The New Eastern Mediterranean: Theory, Politics and Sates in a Volatile Era (New York: Springer, 2018), pp. 45-60.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Greece’s Entry into International Society,” in Filip Ejdus (ed.), Memories of Empire and Entry into International Society: A View from the European Periphery, (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 56-83.

Besnik Pula and Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Historical Sociology and International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Large-Scale Historical Change and Global Order,” The International Studies Encyclopedia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, November 2017).

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “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), pp. 14-30.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Enlargement, Conditionality, and Empire,” in Hartmut Behr and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), Revisiting the Idea of the European Union as Empire, Critical European Studies Series (London: Routledge, 2015), pp. 74-95.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “The Regional Dimension of International Society,” in Cornelia Navari and Daniel M. Green (eds.), Guide to the English School in International Studies, Guides to International Studies Series (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), pp. 109-26.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “The English School and the concept of ‘empire’: Theoretical and practical/political implications,” in Russell Foster, Matthew Johnson and Mark Edward (eds.), The Crisis of the Twenty-First Century: Empire in the Age of Austerity (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 123-32.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “The English School and the Study of Regional International Societies,” in Robert W. Murray (ed.), System, Society and the World (Bristol: e-International Relations Publishing, 2013), pp. 43-58.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, "NATO and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean," in James Sperling and S. Victor Papacosma (eds.), NATO After Sixty Years, New Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations Series (Kent, OH: Kent State University, 2012), pp. 119-142.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, "From Association to Accession Negotiations: EU-Turkish Economic Relations, 1959-2009," in Selen Sarisoy Guerin and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), On the Road to EU Membership: The Economic Transformation of Turkey (Brussels: Brussels University Press, 2011), pp. 7-16.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Historical Sociology and International Relations,” in Robert A. Denemark (ed.), The International Studies Encyclopedia (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Volume VI, pp. 3375-3395.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “International Society: Global/Regional Dimensions and Geographic Expansion,” in Robert A. Denemark (ed.), The International Studies Encyclopedia (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Volume VII, pp. 4543-4561.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Preventive Warfare,” in Amy Eckert and Laura Sjoberg (eds.), Rethinking the 21st Century: ‘New’ Problems, ‘Old’ Solutions (London: Zed Books, 2009), pp. 46-69.

Yannis A. Stivachtis, “Europe and the ‘Turk’: An English School Approach to the Study of EU-Turkish Relations,” in Meltem Muftuler-Bac and Yannis A. Stivachtis (eds.), Turkey-European Union Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities, and Constraints (Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), pp. 17-40.

  • Principal Investigator (PI) ($10,000.00); The State/Society Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for U.S. Strategy; project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (2014-15).
  • Principal Investigator (PI) ($10,000.00); The Role of the U.S. Air Force in the Emerging Strategic Environment; project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (2012-13).
  • Co-Investigator (Co-PI) ($65,000.00); Using Sports as a Peace-building Tool: A Handbook for UN Peacekeeping Forces (2009-11); project funded by the International Olympic Truce Center; the project was undertaken in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPO).
  • Principal Investigator (PI) ($10,000.00); to develop intelligence-related courses to be used as part of the curriculum for the newly established Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence at VT (Hume Center) (Fall 2009).
  • Co-Investigator (Co-PI) ($12,000.00); Yannis Stivachtis (Political Science), Ashwin Amanna (Engineering), and Matthew McMullen (OIRED); to create a National Security Studies curriculum at Virginia Tech. Project funded by ACC (Spring 2009).

“The English School Approach to Global Order,” The Bundeswehr University-Munich, Munich, Germany, February 26, 2019.

“Comprehensive Security and Its Impact on Peace- and State-building,” The Bundeswehr University-Munich, Munich, Germany, February 28, 2019.

“International Institutions and International Order: An English School Approach”, The Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce, University of Kentucky, February 1, 2016.

“The English School in the Americas”, Department of International Relations, Pontifican Catholic University of Minas (PUC Minas), Belo Horizonte, Brazil, October 2014.

“The Standard of Civilization in Contemporary Global Politics,” Keynote Speaker, Millennium International Conference, London, October 19-20, 2014.

“Inside/Outside Europe: European-Turkish Relations in a Historical Perspective,” Keynote Speaker, The Turkic Connection Symposium, University of Virginia, April 15-16, 2011.

“NATO and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean”; lecture delivered at the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Studies, Kent State University, May 1, 2009.

“Greek-American Relations since the Greek War of Independence”; lecture delivered at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, March 25, 2009.

“Conflict Resolution in Inter-cultural Settings”, ACCC/IAC Leadership Conference: Civility in a Global Society, Blacksburg, February 21, 2009.

“European Union-Turkey Relations in a Historical Comparative Perspective”; lecture delivered at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, April 2008.

“Achieving International Peace and Stability: The Need for a Closer Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional International Organizations”; lecture delivered at Francis Marion University, Florence, SC, October 26, 2007.

“The Greek-Turkish Dispute: Implications for NATO and the European Union”, lecture delivered at the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies, Kent State University, Kent, OH, February 2007.

“Conflict, Security and Development”, lecture delivered as part of the World Bank Global Issues Seminar Series, Washington D.C., April 13, 2006.

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