Yannis Stivachtis (PhD) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at Virginia Tech (USA). He holds a Ph.D. in Politics & International Relations and an M.A. in International Relations & Strategic Studies from Lancaster University (UK); and a B.A. in International Studies from Panteion University. His research interests include International and European Security, Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign Policy, and European Union's Foreign Relations. Other current positions and activities include: Scientific Expert, European Commission - Research DG and Education & Culture DG; Vice-President, Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS) - International Studies Association (ISA); Secretary, English School Section (ES) - ISA. Dr. Stivachtis is also member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Security Issues and the Standing Group on the European Union. He has authored many books and articles and has edited several volumes.
His previous appointments include: Scientific Expert, Austrian Federal Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense; Research Fellow and Project Consultant, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR); Senior Fellow, Austrian Institute for Strategic Studies (IAS); Senior Researcher and Consultant, ARIS Research & Consulting Office for Security Studies (Austria); and Research Fellow, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He has also taught in various academic institutions, as well as diplomatic and military academies and has held university-related administrative positions.