Nikolaos Tzifakis is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese; Research Associate of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (WMCES); and member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). His research interests include contemporary Balkan politics, EU external relations, and International Relations theory. His recent publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Conflict, Security & Development, Ethnopolitics, European Foreign Affairs Review, Global Society, International Journal, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Problems of Post-Communism, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Southeastern Europe, and Voluntas. He has also published four monographs and five co-edited volumes and has authored several book chapters and conference papers. In 2008, he was awarded the Marcel Cadieux Distinguished Writing Award for his co-authored article with Professor Asteris Huliaras, published in International Journal.