Dr Argyro Kartsonaki

Argyro Kartsonaki

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security
Research Fellow

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School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Argyro Kartsonaki has a PhD in International Relations. Her area of specialisation is international security, with particular expertise in secession and war-to-peace transitions after civil wars.

Her current research, funded by the United States Institute of Peace, investigates and seeks to address the factors that lead to civil war recurrence. Previously she worked on the management of the conflict in the disputed territories of Iraq in comparative perspective. Her PhD examined Kosovo’s secession from Serbia. She has teaching experience on modules on war-to-peace transitions, international law, international relations and world history


  • PhD - International Relations, University of Birmingham, UK, 2016
  • MA - European Public Policy (Distinction), University of Crete, Greece, 2008
  • BA - International Relations with Economics, University of Macedonia, Greece, 2005


Dr Argyro Kartsonaki is a Research Fellow on the USIP-funded project ‘Learning from Failure: Tackling War Recurrence in Protracted Peace Processes.’ The project investigates and seeks to address the factors that lead to civil war recurrence. Prior to that Argyro was working on the ESRC-funded project ‘Understanding and Managing Intra-State Territorial Contestation: Iraq's Disputed Territories in Comparative Perspective.’

Argyro’s research interests include secession, statebuilding, ethnic conflict, conflict management and international mediation. She has particular area expertise in the Balkans. The topic of her PhD was ‘The Role of International Actors in State Secession and Recognition: the Case of Kosovo.’

Before coming to the University of Birmingham Argyro had worked on research projects focusing on the Cold War and in particular the impact of INF negotiations on Euro-Atlantic relations.


Argyro has previously taught:

  • Law, Politics and the International System: Mediating Power beyond the State
  • War and Peace: Theory and Practice
  • Problem of World History in the 20th Century
  • End of Empire


Argyro’s research interests include secession, ethnic conflict, conflict management, statebuilding, peace agreements’ design and mediation.

Argyro is currently working on the following project:

  • Learning from Failure: Tackling War Recurrence in Protracted Peace Processes (with Wolff, S., Fontana, G., Neudorfer, N., and Yakinthou, C.).


Recent publications


Kartsonaki, A 2018, Breaking away: Kosovo's unilateral secession.


Kartsonaki, A & Pavković, A 2021, 'Declarations of independence after the Cold War: abandoning grievance and avoiding rupture', Nations and Nationalism. https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12759

Fontana, G, Kartsonaki, A, Neudorfer, N, Walsh, D, Wolff, S & Yakinthou, C 2020, 'The dataset of political agreements in internal conflicts (PAIC)', Conflict Management and Peace Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/0738894220944123

Kartsonaki, A 2019, 'Playing with fire: an assessment of the EU's approach of constructive ambiguity on Kosovo's blended conflict', Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 103-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/19448953.2020.1715668

Kartsonaki, A 2017, 'Twenty years after Dayton: Bosnia-Herzegovina (still) stable and explosive', Civil Wars, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 488-516. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698249.2017.1297052

Kartsonaki, A & Wolff, S 2015, 'The EU's responses to conflicts in its wider neighbourhood : human or European security?', Global Society, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 199-226. https://doi.org/10.1080/13600826.2015.1021242

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Kartsonaki, A 2020, The false hope of remedial secession: theory, law, and reality. in R Griffiths & D Muro (eds), Strategies of secession and counter-secession. Rowman & Littlefield.

Kartsonaki, A 2016, Failing to secede: the dynamics of Kosovo's unsuccessful attempt at secession in 1991. in K Cordell & S Wolff (eds), The Routledge handbook of ethnic conflict. 2nd edn, Routledge.

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