Harry Anastasiou served as Member of the Board of the Future Worlds Center between 2002 and 2021.
In June of 2002, Dr. Harry Anastasiou with his wife Theodora and two sons, relocated from Larnaca, Cyprus to Portland, Oregon, USA. Harry Anastasiou is a Professor and leading core faculty member of Portland State University's Conflict Resolution Graduate Program .
Having obtained his doctoral degree in International Peace and Conflict Studies in 2001, Anastasiou was invited by Portland State University to join its graduate program after reviewing and evaluating his unique work as a pioneer in peace-building initiatives in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and the European Union. Dr. Anastasiou arrived in America as a Greek Cypriot peace scholar and practitioner to become a leading core faculty of Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Graduate Program. Portland State University invited Dr. Anastasiou to join its graduate program after reviewing and evaluating his unique work as a pioneer in peace-building initiatives in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the European Union—a task in which Anastasiou has been engaged since the early 1990s. At Portland State University Anastasiou has been teaching eight different graduate courses per year, including an annual study abroad course in Cyprus. His work focuses on courses ranging from Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, to the European Union as Peace Building System, to Cyprus and Greek-Turkish Relations, to International Peace and Conflict Studies, to the Ethics of Peace and International Conflict, to Conflict and Dialogue, to Conflict Peace and Globalization.
Since his appointment at Portland State University, Anastasiou has published two books, numerous book chapters, and several journal articles, alongside the top international scholars in his field. He has given over thirty presentations to professional bodies and international scholarly conventions in the USA, Canada and Europe, as well as an array of presentation to the broader community. At Portland State University Anastasiou has been teaching eight different graduate courses per year, including an annual study abroad course in Cyprus . His work focuses on courses ranging from Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, to the European Union as Peace Building System, to Cyprus and Greek-Turkish Relations, to International Peace and Conflict Studies, to the Ethics of Peace and International Conflict, to Conflict and Dialogue, to Conflict Peace and Globalization.
Books by Harry
- The Broken Olive Branch: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and the Quest for Peace in Cyprus: Volume Two: Nationalism Versus Europeanization (Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution)
Anastasiou has a Ph.D. in International Peace and Conflict Studies, 2001, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, USA; Doctorandus degree, Social Science and Philosophy 1982, Free University of Amsterdam, Holland; M.A., Sociology of Technology, 1979 University of Toronto, Canada; M.Phil. Philosophy of Science and Technology, 1977 Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Canada; B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, 1975 Geneva College, Pennsylvania, USA.
World Pioneer in Peace Projects
Anastasiou’s interest and commitment to peace have their roots in life-long experiences in Cyprus, his home country. Having experienced the ravages, suffering and dead ends of violent conflict, ranging from the civil and interethnic bloodshed of the 1960s to the coup d’état and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus [], and to all the perils that followed, Anastasiou concluded that there must be more constructive ways of resolving differences than the ways of lethal conflict. This was the vision that motivated Anastasiou to becoming engaged over the years in practical peace-enhancing initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean and eventually obtaining his doctoral degree in International Peace and Conflict Studies
The work of Dr. Anastasiou has been recognized by his inclusion since 2007 in the Recommended Speakers book of the World Affairs Councils of America, and since 2006 in Who’s Who in America. In 2009 he was rated by students as best professor of Portland State University among 1,120 listed professors. In 2011 he was appointed as academic advisor to the Rotary Peace Centers Committee of Rotary International for advising on academic developments in the field of peace studies and conflict resolution and for screening and selecting applicants for the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellows fellowship. Moreover, Dr. Anastasiou’s work has been recognized through the awarding of several grants and fellowships for his research and conflict resolution projects, amounting to several thousands of dollars. He has been invited as guest lecturer to speak at several universities in the USA, Canada, Northern Ireland, and at several organizations and centers focusing on international peace and conflict issues. Over the last several years Anastasiou has also been an invited speaker for The International Visitor Leadership Program, a U.S. Department of State professional development program fostering mutual understanding, involving participants nominated by U.S. Embassies overseas as current or emerging leaders in their fields. In addition, Dr. Anastasiou has been invited to speak on several local, national and international media including, The Voice on America, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and ABC Radio National and Radio Australia.
Role in CYBERKIDS project
Harry joined CYBER KIDS in 1996 and led the development of the Curriculum DEvelopment Unit which was in charge for the development of CYBER KIDS Millennium Curriculum.
Role in Tech4Peace project
Harry was a Founding Member of Technology for Peace and published about the theoretical grounding of the project.
Collaborations with Future Worlds Center
Harry served as member of the board for many years, provided over 20 interns who worked in various peace related projects as part of theis Masters program in Conflict Resolution and collaborated in the implementation of several projects:
PSU Exchange Student Interns
Peace projects in collaboration
Anastasiou, H. (2008). The Broken Olive Branch: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and the Quest for Peace in Cyprus. Volume I: The Impasse of Ethnonationalism. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press.
Anastasiou, H. (2009). The Broken Olive Branch: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and the Quest for Peace in Cyprus. Volume II: Nationalism versus Europeanization. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press.
Anastasiou, H. (with Benjamin J Broome, Maria Hadjipavlou, Bulent Kanol) (2011). “Opening Communication Pathways in Protracted Conflict: From Tragedy to Dialogue in Cyprus,” in Communication Activism, Volume 3, Edited by Lawrence Frey & Kevin Carragee Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 
Anastasiou, H. (with Benjamin J Broome) (2011). “Communication and Dialogue Across the Divide in the Cyprus Conflict.” In Dan Landis & Rosita Albert (Eds.) Handbook of Ethnocultural Conflict: Comparative Perspectives on Context and Consequences. Springer Publishing Co.
Anastasiou, H. (with Broome, B. J) (2010). “Nationalism.” In Ronald L. Jackson II (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Identity. Volumes I & II. Sage. 
Anastasiou, H. (2010). “Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία: Ανάμεσα στα εθνικιστικά αδιέξοδα και το μετά-εθνικό κράτος” (The Republic of Cyprus: Between Nationalist Impasse and Interethnic Democracy). In Chrysostomos Pericleous (Ed.) Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία 50 χρόνια. Επώδυνη πορεία (The Republic of Cyprus 50 Years: Painful Path). Athens: Papazisis Press. 
Anastasiou, H. (2008). “Encountering Nationalism: The Contribution of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.” In Dennis J. D. Sandole, Sean Byrne, Ingrid Sandole-Staroste, Jessica Senehi (Eds.) Handbook of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. New York: Routledge.
Anastasiou, H. (2007). “Securing Human Rights Through War and Peace: From Paradox to Opportunity.” In Gail M. Presbey (Ed.) Philosophical Perspectives on the War on Terrorism. The Philosophy of Peace series. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.
Anastasiou, H (with Yesilada, B., Webster, C., Peristianis, N.) (2010). “World Values Survey in Cyprus 2006: A Brief Overview,” Cyprus Review, 22(1), 153-167. 
Anastasiou, H. (2009). “Conflict Transformation in Greek-Turkish Relations: Between Belligerent Nationalism and Conciliatory Europeanization,” Peace Studies Journal, 2(1), 15-38.
Anastasiou, H. (2009). “Cyprus as the EU Anomaly,” Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations, 23(2), 129 – 151.
Anastasiou, H. (2008). “The EU as a Peace Building System: Deconstructing Nationalism in an Era of Globalization,” The International Journal of Peace Studies. 12(2), 31-50. 
Anastasiou, H. (2007). “Nationalism as a Deterrent to Peace and Inter-Ethnic Democracy: The Failure of Nationalist Leadership From the Hague Talks to the Cyprus Referendum,” International Studies Perspectives, 8(2), 190-205. 
Anastasiou, H. (2007). “The Communication Imperative in an Era of Globalization: Beyond Conflict-Conditioned Communication,” Global Media Journal: Mediterranean Edition, 2(1), 63-75. 
Anastasiou, H. (2002). “Communication Across Conflict Lines,” Journal of Peace Research, 39(5) 581-596. 
Anastasiou, H. (2000). “Negotiating the Solution to the Cyprus Problem: From Impasse to Post-Helsinki Hope,” Cyprus Review, 12(1), 11-33.
Anastasiou, H. (1996). “Conflict, Alienation and the Hope of Peace: The Struggle for Peace in Militarized Cyprus,” Cyprus Review, 8, 79-96. 
- Anastasiou, H. (2006). The broken olive branch: Nationalism, ethnic conflict and the quest for peace in Cyprus. AuthorHouse.