Harry Anastasiou

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Harry Anastasiou
Born 1951
Liverpool, UK
Nationality Cypriot, American
Fields social science
political science
Institutions American Academy of Larnaca
Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute
Portland State University
Future Worlds Center

Harry Anastasiou (born 1951) is a British-born Cypriot-American social and political scientist known as a pioneer in peace-building initiatives in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East and the European Union.


Harry Anastasiou is currently Professor and leading core faculty member of Portland State University's Conflict Resolution Graduate Program.[1] Having obtained his Ph.D. in the Political Sociology of Peace and Conflict from the Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Doctorandus Degree from the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the Sociology of Technology, Anastasiou was invited to join Portland State University's faculty after reviewing and evaluating his unique work as a peace entrepreneur and pioneer in peace-building initiatives around the world. Anastasiou has previously taught social science in the American Academy of Larnaca, developed the Millennium Curriculum for Cyber Kids,[2][3] a chain of computer learning centers and directed the R&D of the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute.

Contributions to international peace building[edit]

Anastasiou has published three books,[4][5][6] numerous book chapters, and journal articles, alongside top international scholars in his field. In addition to his graduate courses during the regular academic year, he sometimes teaches a summer study abroad course in Cyprus, which is organized in collaboration with the Future Worlds Center.[7] His work focuses on courses ranging from Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, to the European Union as Peace Building System, to Cyprus and Greek-Turkish Relations, to International Peace and Conflict Studies, to the Ethics of Peace and International Conflict, to Conflict and Dialogue, to Conflict Peace and Globalization. Anastasiou was founding member of the Cyprus Conflict Resolution Trainers Group and of the Technology for peace project. Together with Yiannis Laouris and Aleco Christakis he is active also in the Middle East peace process through the Act Beyond Borders project.[8]

International recognition[edit]

The work of Anastasiou has been recognized by his inclusion since 2007 in the Recommended Speakers book of the World Affairs Councils of America, and since 2006 in Marquis Who's Who. In 2009 he was rated highly by some students who took his classes at Portland State University in an unofficial online faculty rating site.[9] In 2011 he was appointed as academic advisor to the Rotary Peace Centers Committee [10] of Rotary International for advising on academic developments in the field of peace studies and conflict resolution and for screening and selecting applicants for the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellows fellowship. Moreover, Anastasiou’s work has been recognized through the awarding of several grants and fellowships for his research and conflict resolution projects. He has been invited as guest lecturer to speak at several universities in the United States, Canada, Northern Ireland, and at several organizations and centers focusing on international peace and conflict issues. Over the last several years Anastasiou has also been an invited speaker for International Visitor Leadership Program, a U.S. Department of State professional development program fostering mutual understanding, involving participants nominated by U.S. Embassies overseas as current or emerging leaders in their fields. In addition, Anastasiou has been invited to speak on several local, national and international media including, The Voice of America, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and ABC Radio National and Radio Australia.



Anastasiou, H. (with Benjamin J Broome) (2011). “Communication and Dialogue Across the Divide in the Cyprus Conflict.” In Dan Landis & Rosita Albert (Eds.) Handbook of Ethnocultural Conflict: Comparative Perspectives on Context and Consequences. Springer Publishing Co.[4]

Anastasiou, H. (with Broome, B. J) (2010). “Nationalism.” In Ronald L. Jackson II (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Identity. Volumes I & II. Sage. [5]

Anastasiou, H. (2010). “Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία: Ανάμεσα στα εθνικιστικά αδιέξοδα και το μετά-εθνικό κράτος” (The Republic of Cyprus: Between Nationalist Impasse and Interethnic Democracy). In Chrysostomos Pericleous (Ed.) Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία 50 χρόνια. Επώδυνη πορεία (The Republic of Cyprus 50 Years: Painful Path). Athens: Papazisis Press. [6]

Anastasiou, H. (2008). “Encountering Nationalism: The Contribution of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.” In Dennis J. D. Sandole, Sean Byrne, Ingrid Sandole-Staroste, Jessica Senehi (Eds.) Handbook of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. New York: Routledge.[7][8]

Anastasiou, H. (2007). “Securing Human Rights Through War and Peace: From Paradox to Opportunity.” In Gail M. Presbey (Ed.) Philosophical Perspectives on the War on Terrorism. The Philosophy of Peace series. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.[9]


Anastasiou, H (with Yesilada, B., Webster, C., Peristianis, N.) (2010). “World Values Survey in Cyprus 2006: A Brief Overview,” Cyprus Review, 22(1), 153-167. [10]

Anastasiou, H. (2009). “Conflict Transformation in Greek-Turkish Relations: Between Belligerent Nationalism and Conciliatory Europeanization,” Peace Studies Journal, 2(1), 15-38.[11]

Anastasiou, H. (2009). “Cyprus as the EU Anomaly,” Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations, 23(2), 129 – 151.[12]

Anastasiou, H. (2008). “The EU as a Peace Building System: Deconstructing Nationalism in an Era of Globalization,” The International Journal of Peace Studies. 12(2), 31-50. [13]

Anastasiou, H. (2007). “Nationalism as a Deterrent to Peace and Inter-Ethnic Democracy: The Failure of Nationalist Leadership From the Hague Talks to the Cyprus Referendum,” International Studies Perspectives, 8(2), 190-205. [14]

Anastasiou, H. (2007). “The Communication Imperative in an Era of Globalization: Beyond Conflict-Conditioned Communication,” Global Media Journal: Mediterranean Edition, 2(1), 63-75. [15]

Anastasiou, H. (2002). “Communication Across Conflict Lines,” Journal of Peace Research, 39(5) 581-596. [16]

Anastasiou, H. (2000). “Negotiating the Solution to the Cyprus Problem: From Impasse to Post-Helsinki Hope,” Cyprus Review, 12(1), 11-33.[17]

Anastasiou, H. (1996). “Conflict, Alienation and the Hope of Peace: The Struggle for Peace in Militarized Cyprus,” Cyprus Review, 8, 79-96. [18]


  1. ^ Portland State university; Department of Conflict Resolution
  2. ^ CYBER KIDS in Future Worlds Pedia
  3. ^ CYBERKIDS Millennium Curriculum
  4. ^ Anastasiou, H. (2008). The Broken Olive Branch: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and the Quest for Peace in Cyprus. Volume I: The Impasse of Ethnonationalism. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press.[1]
  5. ^ Anastasiou, H. (2009). The Broken Olive Branch: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and the Quest for Peace in Cyprus. Volume II: Nationalism versus Europeanization. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press.[2]
  6. ^ Anastasiou, H. (with Benjamin J Broome, Maria Hadjipavlou, Bulent Kanol) (2011). “Opening Communication Pathways in Protracted Conflict: From Tragedy to Dialogue in Cyprus,” in Communication Activism, Volume 3, Edited by Lawrence Frey & Kevin Carragee Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. [3]
  7. ^ Cyprus in transition strudy-abroad program
  8. ^ Act Beyond Borders Initiative
  9. ^ Prof. Anastasiou rating by "Rate my Professors"
  10. ^ Rotary Peace Centers

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