Dr Argyro Kartsonaki

Argyro Kartsonaki

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Argyro Kartsonaki is a Research Fellow at the ICCS, working on disputed territories. Her research interests are in the field of international security, with specific focus on ethnic conflict and secession.


  • PhD - International Relations, University of Birmingham, UK, 2015
  • MA - European Public Policy (Distinction), University of Crete, Greece, 2008
  • BA - International Relations with Economics, University of Macedonia, Greece, 2005


Argyro Kartsonaki is working on the ESRC-funded project ‘Understanding and Managing Intra-State Territorial Contestation: Iraq's Disputed Territories in Comparative Perspective.’ The project seeks to find out the causes of conflict in the disputed territories of Iraq and explore through a comparative study the options currently available for the management of the conflict.

Her research interests revolve around secession and separatist attempts usually resulting in so-called frozen conflicts. Her interest extends in researching possibilities for conflict management and resolution, aiming to restore peace and maintain stability in such cases.

Argyro’s area of specialisation is the Balkans and 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 the Euro-Atlantic relations.


  • War and Peace: Theory and Practice
  • Law, Politics and the International System: Mediating Power beyond the StateWar and Peace: Theory and Practice


Research interests

  • Management and resolution of conflict, especially intrastate ethnic conflict
  • Secession
  • Unrecognised states


Kartsonaki A. (forthcoming). 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. Accepted for publication.

Kartsonaki A. (forthcoming). Remedial Secession: Theory, Law and Reality, in Griffiths R., Muro D. (eds.) Strategies of Secession and Counter-Secession. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield International||ECPR

Kartsonaki A. (2018). Breaking Away: Kosovo’s Unilateral Secession, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield||Lexington

Kartsonaki A. (2016). Twenty Years after Dayton: Bosnia-Herzegovina (Still) Stable and Explosive, Civil Wars, 18:4, 488-516.

Kartsonaki A. (2016). Failing to Secede: The dynamics of Kosovo's Unsuccessful Attempt at Secession in 1991, in Cordell K., Wolff, S. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict, 2nd Edition. Oxon: Routledge

Kartsonaki A., Wolff S. (2016). An Assessment of Global Values-based Benchmarks and Indicators, Ottawa: Global Centre for Pluralism

Kartsonaki A., Wolff S. (2016). Audit Tool Survey, Ottawa: Global Centre for Pluralism

Kartsonaki A., Wolff, S. (2015). The EU's Responses to Conflicts in its Wider Neighbourhood: Human or European Security? Global Society, 29, 199-226

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