Retired Naval Captain Dr. Kleanthis Kyriakidis is an Assistant Professor in the American University in the Emirates (AUE). He holds three Masters’ Degrees: MS in Physical Oceanography, MA in National Security Affairs (Middle East Studies) with distinction (both from the Naval Postgraduate School) and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was presented with the Lucis Littauer Award for academic excellence. His PhD from the University of the Aegean is on Countering the Political Islam. In AUE he has served as the Department Chair of the College of Security and Global Studies, Progran Director of the MA in Diplomacy and Chair of the Faculty Senate.
He is a former advisor to the Greek Alternate Minister of Defense, Plans and Policy Director of the Hellenic Navy, Director of Studies at the Hellenic Naval War College and Secretary-General of the Hellenic Commission on Military History. He was the negotiator of Greece with IMF, EB and EC as regards the restructuring of the Hellenic Défense Systems.
He has participated in more than 60 International Conferences and published six history and political science books, co-authored another seven and more than 250 articles and he has been a guest lecturer to Universities and Institutions around the Globe, including the NATO Defense College. He serves at the Administrative Board of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and Supervising Committee of the Hellenic Institute of Maritime History.
His main academic interests include education, pedagogy, motivation, diplomacy, security, leadership, globalization, history and International Relations.