Prof. Nikolaos Tzifakis

Prof. Nikolaos Tzifakis

Prof. Nikolaos Tzifakis is associate professor of international relations at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese and research associate at the Centre for European Studies in Brussels. He graduated in 1996 from the Department of Political Science and International Studies of the Panteion University in Athens. He was awarded an MA with distinction in international relations and strategic studies in 1997 and a PhD in international relations in 2002 from Lancaster University.

He has been post-doctorate research fellow at the Centre of Political Research and Documentation (KEPET) of the University of Crete and he has taught as visiting lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the University of Crete, the Department of Geography of the Harokopion University of Athens, the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University, the Hellenic National Defence College, and the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government.

His research interests include contemporary Balkan politics, EU external relations, and international relations theory. His recent publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Ethnopolitics, European Foreign Affairs Review, European View, Global Society, International Journal, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Perspectives: Review of International Affairs, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Problems of Post-Communism, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, and Southeast European Politics. He has also published three monographs and three co-edited volumes and has authored several book chapters and conference papers.

In 2008, he was awarded the Marcel Cadieux Distinguished Writing Award for his co-authored article with Professor Asteris Huliaras in International Journal. He has been an external peer reviewer for international academic journals such as Security Dialogue, Security Studies, Millennium, Europe-Asia Studies, Mediterranean Politics, International Journal, Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, and Perspectives: Review of International Affairs.

Selected Publications

Panagiotou, R., & Tzifakis, N. (2021). Do Small Powers Retrench?, Southeastern Europe, 45(1), 64-92. doi:
Fakiolas, E. and Tzifakis, N. (2019) ‘Human security in EU strategy: reflecting on the experience of EUPM in Bosnia and Herzegovina and EULEX in Kosovo’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 27(3), pp. 303–316. Available at:
Bieber, F. and Tzifakis, N. (eds) (2019) The Balkans in the World: Linkages and Relations with Non-Western Countries. London: Routledge. Available at:
Fakiolas, E. T. and Tzifakis, N. (2017) ‘Establishing the Rule of Law in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Contribution of the EU Civilian Missions’, in Fish, M. S., Gill, G., and Petrovic, M. (eds) A Quarter Century of Post-Communism Assessed. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 187–216. Available at:…/10.1007/978-3-319-43437-7_8.
Huliaras, A. and Tzifakis, N. (2015) ‘Personal connections, unexpected journeys: U2 and Angelina Jolie in Bosnia’, Celebrity Studies, 6(4), pp. 443–456. Available at:
Tzifakis, N. and Huliaras, A. (2015) ‘The Perils of Outsourcing Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Donor Countries, International NGOs and Private Military and Security Companies’, Conflict, Security and Development, 15(1), pp. 51–73. Available at:
Tzifakis, N. and Huliaras, A. (2013) ‘Hegemonic Relationships: Donor Countries and NGOs in Western Balkan post-conflict reconstruction’, Southeastern Europe, 37(3), pp. 312–329. Available at:
Tzifakis, N. (2013) ‘The European Union in Kosovo: Reflecting on the Credibility and Efficiency Deficit’, Problems of Post-Communism, 60(1), pp. 43–54. Available at:
Sklias, P. and Tzifakis, N. (eds) (2013) Greece’s Horizons: Reflecting on the country’s assets and capabilities. Heidelberg: Springer. Available at:
Huliaras, A. and Tzifakis, N. (2012) ‘The Fallacy of the Autonomous Celebrity Activist in International Politics: George Clooney and Mia Farrow in Darfur’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 25(3), pp. 417–431. Available at:
Tzifakis, N. (2012) ‘Bosnia’s slow Europeanisation’, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 13(2), pp. 131–148. Available at:
Tzifakis, N. (ed.) (2012) International Politics in Times of Change. Heidelberg: Springer. Available at:
Tzifakis, N. (2012) Contracting out to Private Military and Security Companies. Brussels: Centre for European Studies (CES). Available at:
Tzifakis, N. (2011) ‘Problematizing Human Security: A General/Contextual Conceptual Approach’, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 11(4), pp. 353–368. Available at:
Huliaras, A. and Tzifakis, N. (2010) ‘Celebrity Activism in International Relations: In Search of a Framework for Analysis’, Global Society, 24(2), pp. 255–274. Available at:
Fakiolas, E. and Tzifakis, N. (2008) ‘Transformation or Accession? Reflecting on the EU’s Strategy Towards the Western Balkans’, European Foreign Affairs Review, 13(3), pp. 377–398. Available at:
Tzifakis, N. (2007) ‘EU’s Region-Building and Boundary-Drawing Policies: The European Approach to the Southern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans’, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, 9(1), pp. 47–64. Available at:
Huliaras, A. and Tzifakis, N. (2007) ‘Contextual Approaches to Human Security: Canada and Japan in the Balkans’, International Journal, LXII(3), pp. 559–575. Available at:
Tzifakis, N. and Tsardanidis, C. (2006) ‘Economic Reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Lost Decade’, Ethnopolitics, 5(1), pp. 67–84. Available at: