Dr. Spyridon Plakoudas

Dr. Spyridon Plakoudas

Assistant Professor, Homeland Security

Dr Spyros Plakoudas is currently employed at Rabdan Academy as an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security in the UAE. He was previously employed at the American University in the Emirates as an Assistant Professor of International Security and the University of Macedonia as a post-doctoral researcher. He currently cooperates with leading think tanks in the UAE (Emirates Policy Center) and Greece (ELIAMEP) and frequently participates in television and radio shows (e.g. Sky News Arabia, DW).

  • BA in International Relations (Panteion University, Greece)
  • MA in International Security (Aberystwyth University, UK)
  • PhD in International Security (Reading University, UK)
  • Associate Fellow in the UK’s Higher Education Academy

Rabdan Academy –    Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence, Cyber-Security, Homeland Security (Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism)


American University in the Emirates – International Security, Homeland Security (Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism), Geopolitics of the Middle East



  • Proxy Warfare on the Cheap: The USA and the PYD in the Syrian Civil War (with Dr Wojciech Michnik) (Rowman and Littlefield, in process)
  • Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Turkey: The New PKK (New York: Palgrave–Macmillan, 2018) (advance endorsements by Dr Mehmet Gurses, Prof. Michael Gunter, Dr Costas Koliopoulos and Mr Cengiz Candar)
  • The Greek Civil War: Strategy, Counter-Insurgency and the Monarchy (London: IB Tauris, 2017) (advance endorsement by Prof. Beatrice Heuser)


Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Energy in Cyprus: A Curse or Blessing?” in Pantelis Sklias, Spyros Roukanas and Floros Flouros (eds.): The Political Economy of National and Energy Security (Athens; New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2019), pp. 193-214

Nikiforos-Toxotis: The Rise and Fall of the Greek Doctrine of Extended Deterrence (1994-2000)” in Beatrice D. Heuser,  Tormod Heier and Guillaume Lasconjarias (eds.): Military Exercises, Political Messaging and Strategic Impact (Rome: NATO Defense College, 2018), pp. 245-259

“Guerrilla and Counter-Guerrilla Tradition in Greece: Limits of their Influence” in Beatrice D. Heuser and Eitan Shamir (eds.): Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures (Reading: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 269-287



Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals


and Wojciech Michnik: “Whither the Syrian Kurds?”, Middle East Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 4 (2021), pp. 1-9


and Wojciech Michnik: “The US Withdrawal and the Scramble for Syria”, Wild Blue Yonder, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2020), pp. 31-39


and Petros Violakis: «Η σχέση Λιβύης – Τουρκίας θα πυροδοτήσει σύγκρουση στην Αν. Μεσόγειο;» [“The Turkey-Libya Relationship will Trigger a War in the Eastern Mediterranean?”], Foreign Affairs (in Greek) No. 62 (2020), pp. 21-33


“How insurgencies end: the quest for government victory”, Revista Científica General José María Córdova

(Colombian Journal of Military and Strategic Studies), Vol. 17, No. 28 (2019), pp. 603-623


“The Impact of the Arab Spring on the Security and Stability in the Balkans”, Balkan Studies, Vol. 51 (2018), pp. 85-98


“The Syrian Kurds and the PYD: The Outsider in the Syrian War”, Mediterranean Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 1 (2017), pp. 99-116


“Doomed from the Start? Peace Negotiations in the Greek Civil War, January-July 1947”, Balkan Studies, Vol. 50 (2017), pp. 135-159


“The Debt Crisis and Greece’s Changing Political Discourse”, Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (2016), Vol. 41, No. 2 (2016), pp. 681-701


“Population Transfers in Counter-Insurgency: A Recipe for Success?”, Journal of Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol. 27, No. 4 (2016), pp. 681-701


“Intelligence, Counter-Insurgency and Democratization in Colombia”, Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2016), pp. 159-168


“Putin, Assad and Geopolitics”, Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 3 (2015), pp. 34-40


“The Strategic Culture of Greece: 1831-1974”, Foreign Affairs (Greece), Vol. 38 (2016), pp. 165-177


“Mass Killings of Civilians in Counter-Insurgency: Killing More, Winning More?”, Infinity Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015), pp. 34-38


“Strategy in Counter-Insurgency: A Distilled Approach”, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 38, No. 2 (2015), pp. 132-145


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