Dr Fotios Moustakis

Dr Fotios Moustakis

Associate Professor of Strategic Studies (Education)

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Dr Fotios Moustakis can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Terrorism
  • European security
  • Balkan security
  • Western interventions


As an Associate Professor in Strategic and Security Studies, I have more than twenty years of experience designing courses and teaching military officers, civil servants and university students on subjects pertaining to international and maritime security, strategy and transnational security threats with emphasis on terrorism.

I was a Visiting Professor in Terrorism at the NATO School in Oberammergau for five years and Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford University. In 2009, I set up the first ever blended learning International MA programme in Applied Strategy and International Security to command-level staff at the Hellenic National Defence College (HNDC) -equivalent to the Royal College of Defence Studies- in Athens. I have supervised more than two hundred MA dissertations and a number of Doctoral students on strategic and security issues. I have published three monographs as well as a number of academic papers in a number of refereed and policy practitioner journals such as Defence Studies, Defence and Security Analysis, European Security, Mediterranean Quarterly, Central Asian Survey, Contemporary Security Policy, Mediterranean Politics, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Conflict Security Research Series-Sandhurst, and Contemporary Review. 

 As a Director of the Dartmouth Centre for Sea Power and Strategy, I have established strong links with professional and educational networks in the field of maritime security and strategy, which has spawned a number of collaborations and partnerships with NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM), Airbus Defence and Space UK, American University in the Emirates, Center for Maritime Strategy & Security at University of Kiel, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC), United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network initiative, Hellenic National Defence College and Hellenic Ministry of Defence.

To this end, in the last five years, I have personally organised in collaboration with MARCOM, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and the Hellenic National Defence College, a number of national-level conferences such as on ‘Deterrence and Defence: Allied Operational Dilemmas and Integrated Responses’ ‘Hybrid Warfare’. ‘Resurgent Russia’, ‘Application of Sea Power for NATO in the 21st century’ and ‘Mediterranean Security Threats’, (for more details see http://blogs.plymouth.ac.uk/dcss/category/events/

 As a Director of the DCSS, I have implemented the accreditation of a number of professional courses from the British Government, including the Cyber Security Awareness Course for Seafarers (first British University to receive recognition), from Maritime Coast Guard Agency; Port Facility Security Officer Course, Department for Transport; Terrorism and Cyber Security Awareness Course with certified training by National Cyber Security Centre. 


Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) - University of Plymouth, 2013

PhD in International Relations – University of Aberdeen, 2000

MSc in European Policy, Law and Management – Robert Gordon University, 1996.

MA in History and Politics, University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom), 1991-1995.


Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Roles on external bodies

External Examiner and Accreditor (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs) for the Hellenic Authority for Higher Education, Greek Ministry of Education



Teaching interests

International Security & Strategy

Maritime Security threats

Terrorism & Cyber Terrorism

Transnational Security Threats

MA Programme Leader for Applied Strategy and International Security




Research interests

International Security & Strategy

Maritime Security

Transnational Security Threats

Other research


  • Western Interventions in Search of Establishing a European Security Community (co-authored with Dr Tracey German), Tauris Publishers, London, June 2009.


  • Greek-Turkish Relationship and NATO, (Frank Cass, Routledge, May 2003), 210pp.


  • Russian Foreign Policy in the New International System, Periskopio: Athens, January 2003, pp. 365



    Selected Articles

  • The Dominance of Strategy and the Deficit of Critical Thinking, Naval Review, November 2020 (with Dr German and Dr Mourtos)
  • Space-based Assets, applications, user importance and cyber vulnerability in Maritime Operations, (with Dr Chris Lavers) NMIOTC Journal, July 2020


  • The Threat of Non-linear War against the West: How do we prepare Hybrid warriors for Hybrid warfare, NMTIOC Conference Paper, June 2019.


  • European Security and Defence Policy Deceleration: An Assessment of the ESDP Strategy’, with Dr P. Violakis, European Security, December 2008,Vol.17, No.4, pp.421-433.



  • The Rumsfeld Doctrine and the Cost of US Unilaterism: Lessons Learned’, Defence Studies, Vol.7, No:3, September 2007, pp.358-375.


  • The Transatlantic Alliance revisited: Does America still need ‘Old Europe’? Defence and Security Analysis, Volume 21, No. 4, December 2005, pp.403-414.


  • Turkish-Kurdish Relations and the EU: An Unprecedented Shift in the Kemalist paradigm? Mediterranean Quarterly, Volume 16 No. 4, Fall 2005, pp. 77-89.
  • Soft Security Threats in the New Europe: The Case of the Balkan Region, European Security, Volume 13, No: 3, Autumn 2004, pp. 139-156.
  • September 11: A Dynamic for Russo-Turkish Co-operation or Conflict? Central Asian Survey, Vol. 21, No 4, 2003, pp.423-434, (with Dr Ella Akerman)




I have published in a number of refereed and policy practitioner journals such as European Security, Defence Studies, Mediterranean Quarterly, Defence and Security Analysis, Central Asian Survey, Contemporary Security Policy, Mediterranean Politics, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Conflict Security Research Series Sandhurst, and Contemporary Review. I am the author of a book entitled ‘Greek-Turkish Relations and NATO’ (Frank Cass, 2003) and co-editor and author of a book entitled ‘Russian Foreign Policy since the End of the Cold War’, (Paraskinio Publishers, Athens , 2003). I am currently working on a book focussing on ‘Western Interventions in Search of Establishing a European Security Community’, which will be published by Tauris Publishers in June 2009.