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Francesco Strazzari

Adjunct Research Professor, NUPI – Norwegian Institute of International Affairs & Associate Professor, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa

Francesco Strazzari is associate professor of international relations (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa) and an adjunct research professor with NUPI (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs), where he joined the Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime in 2013. He specializes in conflict and security studies, focussing on European security, transnational organized crime, (counter)narcotics, arms and armed groups.

His main area of expertise are European Union peripheries and extended neighborhood (the Balkans, North Africa & the Sahel, the Caucasus, the Black Sea). Francesco Strazzari has extensive experience as a trainer for civilian personnel in international peace missions. He holds a laurea (University of Bologna, 1994), a post-graduate diploma (SAIS-BC 1996), a Master in Conflict Analysis (NPSIA, Carleton U. – Ottawa 1997), and a Ph.D. from the European University Institute (Florence, 2003).

Between 2009 and 2012 he was Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) – The Johns Hopkins University, Bologna. Until 2008 he held a tenured position of Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam.

Recent publications
  • Azawad and the rights of passage: the role of illicit trade in the logic of armed group formation in northern Mali. Clingendael/NOREF Research Report, January 2015.
  • “Captured or Capturing? Narcotics and Political Instability along the ‘African Route’ to Europe,” European Review of Organized Crime, vol. 1, no. 2, 2014, pp. 5-34.
  • “A Deal Among Friends: Corruption in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo,” (with R. Belloni), Third World Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 855-871. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2014.921434.
  • “US homeland, EU archipelago? Convergence and Divergence on Transnational Organized Crime” (with Russo). European Security, 2014 – DOI 10.1080/09662839.2014.933207.
  • “Exporting Insecurity: Libyan Arms and Regional Instability,” International Spectator, Vol. 49, No. 3, 2014, pp. 54-68.
  • ” ‘Tesco for Terrorists’ Reconsidered: Arms and Conflict Dynamics in Libya and in the Sahara-Sahel Region,” (with S. Tholens) European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 2014 – vol. 20, no. 3 (2014), pp. 343-360. DOI 10.1007/s10610-014-9233-y.
  • “The Informal and the Criminal: State-Building as an Extralegal Field”, Südosteuropa, vol. 60, no. 4 (2012), pp. 576-590.
  • “High Stakes, Low Strategies: the European Union and the Fight against Transnational Organised Crime in State-building Missions,” (with F. Coticchia), Interdisciplinary Political Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, 2012, pp. 8-22.
  • “Hybrid Economies and Statebuilding: on the Resilience of the Extralegal,” (with B. Kamphuis), Global Governance, vol. 18, no. 1, 2012, pp. 57-72.
  • “Another Nakba: Weapons Availability and the Transformation of the Palestinian National Struggle, 1987-2007” (with S. Tholens), International Studies Perspectives, vol. 11, no. 2, 2010, pp. 112-130.
  • “L’Oeuvre au Noir: The Shadow Economy of Kosovo’s Independence,” International Peacekeeping, vol. 15, no. 2, 2008, pp. 155-170.
  • “The Decade Horribilis. Organized Violence and Organized Crime along the Balkan Peripheries: 1991-2001,” Mediterranean Politics, vol. 12, no. 2, 2007, pp. 185-209.

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