Professor James Ker-Lindsay

Professor James Ker-Lindsay

LSEE Visiting Professor

LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

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CBG 5.07
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Key Expertise
South East Europe, Cyprus

About me

James Ker-Lindsay is Visiting Professor at LSEE. 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 more than 70 articles and book chapters. His main publications 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 Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution (2015); Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans (2013, with Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic and Denisa Kostovicova); 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). He is currently completing an introduction to secession and state creation for Oxford University Press and a co-edited volume of Kosovo’s external relations with EU member states. 

He has played an active role in the development of South East European Studies, both in Britain and internationally. He is a former coordinator of the BISA Working Group on the region and is on the editorial boards of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Ethnopolitics.

As well as his academic work, Prof Ker-Lindsay maintains a strong record of policy engagement and consultancy. He has 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. He has also served as an advisor to a number of governments and international organisations, including the United Nations and the Council of Europe. He 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.

He has a BSc(Econ) from the University of London and an MA and PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent. He has held visiting posts at the University of Pristina, the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and the University of Nicosia and is a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

Expertise Details

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