The International Security Forum is a non-profit independent global think tank established in 2009. It is headquartered in Lefkosia, registered with the Republic of Cyprus and the European Commission Authentication Service ECAS (2014).
The ISF focuses its research and publication work on European, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African security and governance issues. It is particularly concerned with ridding the world from Weapons of Mass Destruction. Thus denuclearization and non-proliferation studies form a central part of our mission. The ISF shares the vision of a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone Middle East (WMDFZME) endorsed by the European Council.
Since the kick off meeting of May 2011 in Brussels, the ISF takes part regularly in the deliberations and consultations held by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium.
As a Cypriot independent think tank, the ISF is committed to addressing the illegal and ongoing Turkish military occupation of the island’s northern third of its territory, which is the world’s most heavily militarized region. In addition, in view of Brexit, the ISF conducts in depth studies on the status, use, and role of the British Bases and other military installations retained by the UK on the island. As the EU’s south easternmost member state and the gateway to the turbulent MENA region, Cyprus forms an ipso facto pillar of the European security architecture. Our working papers and policy oriented research assesses the realization of this prospect.
Dr. Yiorghos Leventis - Director
Born 1967. Studied in U.K. 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). Visiting Research Associate, King's College, University of London (1999-2000) and External Research Associate of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (1999-2000).
2004-06 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 Working Group on Security & Guarantees in the Bi-communal talks aimed at a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus Problem.
Elected Council Member of the World Federalist Movement (WFM) (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).
Appointed Cyprus Representative of the Campaign for the Establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly (CUNPA) since 2012.
Chief Advisor of the Metropolitan Bishop of Kyrenia, Chrysostomos, on Interreligious, Inter-Faith and Intercultural Dialogue since 2012.
Zoran Ristic - External Research Associate
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.
He spent an internship with ISF Cyprus (October 2016 – Jan 2017) attempting basic research on the stock-piling of nuclear weapons in and the geo-strategic use of the British Bases in Cyprus (1954 – to date).
He is based in Skopje and holds both the FYROM and Serbian nationality.