Senior Research Fellow


Sotiris Roussos is a Professor of International Relations and Religion in the Middle East and the Mediterranean at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese and Head of the Centre for Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the same University. He undertook postgraduate regional studies specialising in Near and Middle Eastern studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he was awarded a PhD in 1994. He was a fellow of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation. In 1997-2003 he was an Expert on the Middle East at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was a member of the Task Force for Water Issues and the Palestinian Refugees of the EU Special Envoy for the Middle East and the Informal International Group on Jerusalem. In 1997-1999 he was member of the organising team of the 'Athens Meetings' peace initiative between Palestinian and Israeli political figures. In 2009 he was appointed OSCE Chairmanship Representative for the Mediterranean Partners. In 2012 he was Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). From October 2015 to December 2018, he was Coordinator of the Center for Religious Pluralism in the Middle East at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a key member of the organization of the 1st and 2nd Athens International Conference on "Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East" (Athens, 18-20/10/2015 and 30-31/10/2017). He has authored books and articles on regional security in the Middle East, political Islam and Christians in the Middle East. His latest book Revolution and Insurgency in the Middle East is published by Gutenberg Publishers.