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Professor William Mallinson

International History

Guglielmo Marconi University



William Mallinson is Professor of Political Ideas and Institutions at Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy, and a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. He is a former Member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service who left to obtain a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Department of International History.

He covered Dutch foreign policy, Dutch-German relations and German rearmament during the initial period of the building of European institutions and NATO, and the formative years of the Cold War. Following a period in business as European Public Affairs Manager at ITT’s European Headquarters in Brussels, and then the Digital Equipment Corporation in Geneva, he turned his attention to the academic world, playing a pivotal role in introducing Britain’s first Honours degree in Public Relations.

He has previously been a CAM Examiner and Lecturer in British history, literature and culture at the Ionian University, Greece. Since 1994, when he was awarded a Greek Government scholarship, he has been perusing British Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence, Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet archives, under the general rubric of Anglo-Greek relations during the Cold War, including Cyprus.

William has published several articles in the press, given interviews to BBC World, Russia Today and Russia Channel One, and spoken at numerous conferences in Moscow, London, Zurich, Athens, Rome and Cyprus.  He has undertaken corporate consultancy projects, and is an occasional lecturer at the Greek National Defence School, particularly on Britain and Russia/USSR. He speaks, reads and writes French, German, Italian, and Dutch, and has a working knowledge of Greek.

He has written numerous books, including Public Lies and Private Truths (1996, 2000); Portrait of an Ambassador (1998); Cyprus: A Modern History (2005, updated in 2009, 2010, 2012); From Neutrality to Commitment: Dutch Foreign Policy, NATO and European Integration (2010); Partition through Foreign Aggression (2010); Cyprus, Diplomatic History and the Clash of Theory in International Relations (2010); Britain and Cyprus: Key Themes and Documents since World War Two (2011); The Same Things Return with Different Colours (2013); The FCO, Hegemonolingualism, and the End of Britain’s Freedom (2014, 2016); Thrice a Stranger: Penelope’s Eastern Mediterranean Odyssey (2016); Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean (2016); and The Threat of Geopolitics to International Relations: Obsession with the Heartland (2016).