The Director


Yiorghos Leventis, Ph.D., is Director of the International Security Forum independent non-for-profit think tank based in Lefkosia, the capital of Cyprus. Dr Leventis studied in the U.K, where he conducted extensive research in The National Archives.

Dr Leventis read B.A. in Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester (1990), M.A. in Peace Studies (1992) and Ph.D. in European Studies, University of Bradford (1998). He had been a Visiting Research Associate,  King's  College, University of London (1999-2000) and an External Research Associate of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (1999-2000).

During the years 2004-06 he was based in Tokyo sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for a Visiting Scholarship at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). At the same time he was JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow in the Peace & Governance Programme, United Nations University, HQ, Tokyo.

He was Associate Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Politics and European Studies, New York University Skopje, FYROM (2006-08). In March 2008 he was appointed Honoris Causa member of the Working Group on Security & Guarantees in the bi-communal talks aimed at a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus Problem.

Dr Leventis was also elected by large majority a Council Member of the World Federalist Movement (WFM)at the Annual Council Meeting in Buenos Aires (October, 2010). In 2012 he was invited to join as a member The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS, London) and he has been a member ever since participating in the latest Global Strategic Review (Stockholm, September 2013).

As the International Security Forum Director, Dr Leventis is member of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium (est. 2011) and he is also the appointed Cyprus Representative of the Campaign for the Establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly (CUNPA) since 2012.

Since November 2011, Dr Leventis has been the Chief Advisor of the Metropolitan Bishop of Kyrenia Chrysostomos on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

For the past twenty years, Dr Leventis has been lecturing and publishing worldwide on a broad range of issues: energy security, governance, power sharing, geopolitical and geostrategic matters as well as on regional and global security issues.

Mission Statement
The International Security Forum is an independent non-profit global think tank established in Lefkosia (Nicosia), Republic of Cyprus in 2009. It studies and publishes on regional and global peace, security and governance issues. The ISF-Cyprus is a full member of the EU Network of Independent Think Tanks on Disarmament & Non-Proliferation Studies participating in its annual European Disarmament Conference taking place in Brussels in December. Furthermore, the ISF Director has been a delegate to the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Nobel Peace Prize 1995) participating in its landmark events in Hiroshima (2005) and Nagasaki (2015).

The International Security Forum is organising seminars, lectures and round table discussions on glabal affairs in Lefkosia.

Senior Research Associates

Morris Mottale received his Ph.D. From York University Toronto in 1982. He has served as a visiting
scholar at Harvard University from 1985 to 1996 during summers while teaching during the academic
year at Franklin University Switzerland since 1986. He is the chair of the Department of Political Science
and International Relations. An American citizen, he is interested in social and economic planning,
religious fundamentalism, state security, and the origins of power. He has published extensively on the
Middle East and the nature of power within this region and American Foreign Policy.

William Mallinson, a former British diplomat, is an Athens based scholar of International Relations and Diplomatic History. He is a prolific author and commentator on Anglo-Hellenic relations, the Cyprus conflict and wider security issues in the Eastern Mediterranean - Middle East North Africa region. He teaches at the Ionian University, Corfu, Western Greece. Dr Mallinson has written a fast-moving and incisive narrative history of modern Cyprus (Cyprus: A Modern History, I.B. Tauris, London - New York, 2005). Public Lies and Private Thruths features among his other published works.

Research Associates

Atul Menon, an Indian national, is graduating in International Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. He specializes on International Security of Conflict. He is currently an editorial assistant with the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS) and interned with the International Security Forum in the summer of 2012. Additionally, Atul is currently mid-way through his honor's thesis looking at the Ethico-Legal and Practical Dimensions of NATO's intervention in Libya, vis-a-vis the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Doctrine. He is interested in strategies by which the gap between the theoretico-normative-discursive progress achieved by the R2P and the problems that surface as a result of implementing R2P in practice. Additionally, his other areas of research interest include the changing nature of the Asia-Pacific Security Paradigm, Arctic Security Issues, the state and security issues related to population management.

Zoran Ristic holds a B.Sc. degree in Management and Economics, Empire State College, SUNY and an M.A. degree from King’s College, University of London, U.K. Research interests include political economy of war and conflict, FDI in emerging markets, corporate governance, risk analysis and South East European interstate relations and conflicts. A dual Serbian and North Macedonian citizen, Zoran is based in Skopje. In 2017 he had been a resident associate with ISF.