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Emmanuel (Manos) Karagiannis joined the Defence Studies Department in September 2013.

He received a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies (Islamic Studies) from King’s College London and a PhD in post-Soviet Politics from the University of Hull. He also obtained an MA in International Security Studies from the University of Reading and a BA in European Studies from London South Bank University. After completing his studies, Dr Karagiannis spent two years in Cyprus serving in the Greek Army as a reserve officer of Infantry.

Over the course of his career, Dr Karagiannis has been privileged to teach in several countries, such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Italy, Qatar, Greece, and Cyprus. During 2005-2011, he worked as an Investigator at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. He also held research positions in Oxford University (2019), the US Military Academy at West Point (2016-2017), London School of Economics (2016-2017), Princeton University (2010), Yale University (2008), Columbia University (2008), and the University of Pennsylvania (2005-2006).

Moreover, he has been interviewed and quoted by media outlets around the world, such as The Economist, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN International, NBC News, Newsweek, Le Monde, Politico, The Voice of America, Al Jazeera, The Voice of Russia, Sputnik International, and BBC Radio. Aside from academia, Dr Karagiannis has worked as a PVE consultant for the OSCE and as an election observer for the European Union.

Research Interests

  • Political Islam in the Middle East and the former USSR
  • Radicalisation and terrorism
  • Energy geopolitics
  • Black Sea security
  • New forms of warfare

Emmanuel is a political scientist by training, but his research has been informed by other disciplines (e.g., social psychology, Islamic Studies). Most of his research focuses on two regions, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. He has conducted fieldwork in Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, and Qatar.

Doctoral Supervision

Dr Karagiannis is happy to supervise PhD students studying energy geopolitics, radicalization and terrorism, new forms of warfare, and political Islam in the Middle East and the former USSR.

Special Subject

Radicalisation and Terrorism

Dr Manos Karagiannis PURE Profile

Dr Karagiannis is part of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies and the Environmental Security Research Group



  • Why Islamists Go Green (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2023)
  • The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)
  • The Ukrainian Crisis, edited volume co-edited with Tracey German (London: Routledge, 2017)
  • Political Islam in Central Asia: The Challenge of Hizb ut-Tahrir (New York & London: Routledge, 2010)
  • Energy and Security in the Caucasus (New York & London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002)


  • “Political Islam and Animal Issues” in Shahram Akbarzadeh (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Political Islam, second edition (London: Routledge, 2021)
  • “Understanding the Islamic Perspective on Environment – Doctrine and Practice” in James Walters (ed.), Religious Imaginations and Global Transitions: How Narratives of Faith Are Shaping Today’s World (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018)
  • “The Politicization of European Converts to Islam” in Tali K. Walters, Rachel Monaghan, & J. Martín Ramirez (eds.), Radicalization, Terrorism, and Conflict (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013)
  • “Adhering to Neo-Caliphatism: The Ideological Transformation of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan” in Madawi al-Rasheed (ed.), Demystifying the Caliphate (London: Hurst Press, 2013)
  • “Hizb ut-Tahrir” in David A Snow (et al), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements (Oxford: Blackwell, 2013)
  • “The European Union External Energy Policy” in Stelios Stavridis (ed), Understanding and Evaluating the European Union: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches (Nicosia: University of Nicosia Press, 2009)
  • “Ethnic Conflicts in the Caucasus and Central Asia” in Vassilis Fouskas (Politics of Conflict: A Survey. London: Routledge, 2007)


  • “Russian Surrogate Warfare in Ukraine and Syria: Understanding the Utility of Militias and Private Military Companies”, Journal of Balkan and Near East Studies [Taylor and Francis], vol. 23, no. 4, 2021, 549-565.
  • “The Rise of Electoral Salafism in Egypt and Tunisia: The Use of Democracy as a Master Frame”, The Journal of North African Studies [Taylor and Francis], vol. 24, no. 2, 2019, 207-225
  • “The Russian Threat to the Baltic States: The Problems of Shaping Local Defense Mechanisms (co-authored with Dr. Rod Thornton), The Journal of Slavic Military Studies [Taylor and Francis], vol. 29, no. 3, 2016, 331-351
  • “The New Face of Political Islam in Central Asia: The Rise of Islamo-Democrats”, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs [Taylor and Francis], vol. 36, no. 2, June 2016, 267-281
  • “Ukrainian Volunteer Fighters in the Eastern Front: Ideas, Norms and Emotions as Mobilization Mechanisms”, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies [Taylor and Francis], vol. 16, no. 1, March 2016, 139-153
  • “Shifting Eastern Mediterranean Alliances”, Middle East Quarterly, vol. 23, no. 2, 2016, 1-10
  • “When the Green Gets Greener: Political Islam’s Newly Found Environmentalism”, Small Wars and Insurgencies [Taylor and Francis], vol. 26, no. 1, 2015, 181-201
  • “The Russian Interventions in South Ossetia and Crimea Compared: Military Performance, Basis of Legitimacy, and Goals”, Contemporary Security Policy [Taylor and Francis], vol. 35, no. 3, 2014, 400-420
  • “Comparative Islamist Perspectives on the Politics of Energy in the Middle East and Beyond”, Studies in Terrorism and Conflict [Taylor and Francis] vol. 37, no. 8, 2014, 619-637
  • “Defining and Understanding the Jihadi-Salafi Movement: A Review Article”, Asian Security [Taylor and Francis], vol. 10, no. 2, 2014, 188-198
  • “Transnational Islamist Networks: Western Fighters in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Syria”, The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs [Taylor and Francis], vol. 48, no. 4, 2013, 119-134
  • “The 2008 Russian-Georgian War via the Lens of Offensive Realism”, European Security [Taylor and Francis], vol. 22, no. 1, 2013, 74-93.3
  • “The Emerging Red-Green Alliance: Where Political Islam Meets the Radical Left” (co-authored with Clark McCauley), Terrorism and Political Violence [Taylor and Francis], vol. 25, no. 2, 2013, 167-182.
  • “Greek Foreign Policy toward the Black Sea Region: Combining Hard and Soft Power”, Mediterranean Quarterly [Duke University Press], vol. 24, no. 3, 2013, 74-101.
  • “Making New Friends: Explaining Greek Radical Left’s Political Support for Middle Eastern Islamists”, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict [Taylor and Francis], vol. 5, no 3, 2012, 183-195.
  • “European Converts to Islam: Mechanisms of Radicalization”, Politics, Religion and Ideology [Taylor and Francis], vol. 13, no. 1, 2012, 99-113.
  • “China’s Energy Security and Pipeline Diplomacy: Assessing the Threat of Low-Intensity Conflicts”, Harvard Asia Quarterly, vol. XII, no. 3-4, 2010, 54-60.
  • “Political Islam in the Former Soviet Union: Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan Compared”, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict [Taylor and Francis], vol. 3, no. 1, 2010, 46-61.
  • “Hizballah as a Social Movement Organization: A Framing Approach”, Mediterranean Politics [Taylor and Francis], vol. 14, no. 3, 2009, 365-383.
  • “The Rise of Political Islam in Kazakhstan: Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami”, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics [Taylor and Francis], vol. 13, no. 2, 2007, 297-322.
  • “The Challenge of Radical Islam in Tajikistan: Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami”, Nationalities Papers [Taylor and Francis], vol. 34, no. 1, 2006, 1-20.
  • “Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami: Evaluating the Threat Posed by a Radical Islamic Group that Remains Nonviolent” (co-authored with Clark McCauley), Terrorism and Political Violence [Taylor and Francis], vol. 18, no. 1, 2006, 315-334.
  • “Political Islam in Uzbekistan: Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami”, Europe-Asia Studies [Taylor and Francis], vol. 58, no. 2, 2006, 261-280.
  • “Political Islam and Social Movement Theory: The Case of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Kyrgyzstan”, Religion, State and Society [Taylor and Francis], vol. 35, no. 2, 2005, 137-149.
  • “The Turkish-Georgian Partnership and the Pipeline Factor”, Journal of Balkan and Near East Studies [Taylor and Francis], vol. 6, no. 1, 2004, 15-28.
  • “The U.S.-Iranian Relationship after September 11, 2001 and the Transportation of Caspian Energy”, Central Asian Survey [Taylor and Francis], vol. 22, no. 2/3, 2003, 151-162.4