In addition to his academic work, he also has extensive experience in public and private sector consulting and advising and has a practical background in conflict analysis and resolution. He was the co-ordinator of the Greek-Turkish Forum, a peace support initiative run by the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), where he was based, and the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO). He has also served as an advisor/consultant to a number of governments and international organisations, including the European Union, Council of Europe and the United Nations. Most recently, he served as a research analyst at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and was a member of the British delegation at the 2017 UN-sponsored Conference on Cyprus. He has also undertaken regular media commentary and analysis. He has written for Jane's Foreign Report and the Economist Intelligence Unit (Cyprus politics correspondent 2001-2006), and has been cited/interviewed by many leading news sources, including BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP, Associated Press, The Economist, The Guardian, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, SKY News, The Times and The Wall Street Journal.
He holds a BSc(econ) from London University and an MA and PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent. He has held visiting positions at the University of Pristina, the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and the University of Nicosia.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
European Union Enlargement
Secession and Recognition in International Politics