Professor James Ker-Lindsay

Professor James Ker-Lindsay

LSEE Senior Visiting Fellow

LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

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Professor James Ker-Lindsay is Professor of Politics and Policy in the School of Arts and Humanities, where he leads on politics and international relations programmes. He holds a BSc(Econ) from the University of London and an MA and PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe and is a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies at Oxford University.

Prof Ker-Lindsay was Senior Research Fellow at the European Institute, LSE, focusing on the Politics and International Relations of South East Europe. He has also worked at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the world’s oldest independent security and defence studies think tank, and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

His research focuses on conflict, peace and security in South East Europe (Western Balkans, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus), European Union enlargement, and secession and recognition in international politics. He has an extensive list of publications, including over a dozen authored or edited books and over 70 articles and book chapters. 

A specialist on issues relating to conflict, peace and security in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, his authored books include The Foreign Policy of Counter Secession, Preventing the Recognition of Contested States (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2011); Kosovo: The Path to Contested Statehood in the Balkans (I.B.Tauris,2009), Crisis and Conciliation: A Year of Rapprochement between Greece and Turkey (I.B.Tauris, 2007), and EU Accession and UN Peacemaking in Cyprus (Palgrave Macmillan 2005). He has also published a number of edited volumes, including An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus (2011, with Hubert Faustmann and Fiona Mullen); New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies (2010, with Dejan Djokic), The Government and Politics of Cyprus (2009, with Hubert Faustmann), and The Work of the United Nations in Cyprus (2001, with Oliver Richmond).

As well as his academic work, he maintains a strong record of policy engagement. He has served as an advisor to a number of governments and international organisations, including the United Nations and the Council of Europe. He also appears regularly in the media, and has been interviewed by many leading international news organisations, such as the BBC, CNN, Reuters, Associated Press, The Economist, The Guardian, The New York Times, Radio Free Europe, SKY News, The Times and the Wall Street Journal.


South East Europe (Balkans; Greece; Turkey and Cyprus); secession and state recognition; conflict management; peace processes; EU enlargement