Fabrizio COTICCHIA is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Genoa. He graduated in Political Science at the University of Florence. He held a Master’s degree in International Relations (University of Bologna) and he worked at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt. He obtained a PhD in Political Systems and Institutional Change at the IMT – Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies. Since 2004 he has evaluated for the Scuola Sant’Anna projects and programmes of decentralised and international cooperation in the fields of emergency, reconstruction and development, peace, disability, health. He undertaken several field missions in Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe. He has been research fellow in international relations at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (2009-2014). He has been Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence (2014-15). His fields of research are foreign policy analysis, contemporary warfare, strategic culture, political parties and foreign policy, public opinion and military operations, Italian and European defence policy, intelligence, development cooperation. He holds postgraduate courses on security studies, foreign policy analysis, comparative politics, and the EU political system. He provides pre-deployment courses and seminars for Italian military and security forces.
He contributes to the podcast "DATABASE" for the RAI GR Parlamento
January 2006- July 2009
Ph.D in Political Systems and Institutional Change. IMT-Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies - Lucca (IT). Dissertation: “Il Lungo Sentiero sul Lago di Ghiaccio: L’Evoluzione della Politica di Difesa Italiana dalla Fine della Guerra Fredda all’”Operazione Leonte” (The long path on thin ice: the evolution of Italian defence policy from the end of the Cold War to “Operation Leonte”). Supervisor: Prof. Maurizio Serra (LUISS), External Superivisor: Prof. Matthew Evangelista (Cornell University).
November 2003-October 2004
Master of Arts in International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bologna.
September 1998- July 2003
Master’s Degree in Political Science, Faculty of Political Science, University of Florence. Dissertation on the Chechen war and European Public Opinion. Supervisor Professor Umberto Gori. 110/110 cum laude.
October 2019 – to date
Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
Coordinator of the Master Program in International Relations, Dispo, University of Genova (2021-)
October 2016 – September 2019
Assistant Professor of Political Science (tenure-track, ricercatore di tipo B), Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
October 2018 - 2020
Adjunct Professor. European Political Systems. California State University (in Florence)
May 2015 – September 2016
Assistant Professor of Political Science (ricercatore di tipo A), Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
September 2014- April 2015
Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Research project on the European military transformation.
June 2015 – October 2015
Researcher, CeMiSS-Military Centre of Strategic Studies, Roma. Research activities on Italian armed forces and irregular warfare
May 2009- August 2014 (still affiliated at the Dirpolis Institute)
Research Fellow in International Relations and Security Studies, Dirpolis, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa.
Research activities on the evolution of international security, peace support operations, security-development nexus, organized crime and geopolitical stability
November 2004 to date
Evaluator, ITPCM - International Training Programme for Conflict Management, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa. Monitoring and Evaluation ex ante, in itinere and ex-post of projects and programmes of decentralised development cooperation, emergency, peace, disability, and health. Desk analysis, reporting, interviews, and several field missions in Africa, Middle East and South Eastern Europe.
September 2008- October 2011
Project Officer. Designing and Management of European Intensive Programmes (Life Long Learning Programme - Action Erasmus). Master in International Relations, University of Bologna/ CDG Laboratory - International Research Laboratory on Conflict, Development and Global Politics - Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa.
June 2009 - September 2009
Research assistant. CeMiSS-Military Centre of Strategic Studies ROMA. Reasearch actitivies on the protection of means and personnel in counterinsurgency operations.
February 2007-November 2007
Research assistant. CeMiSS-Military Centre of Strategic Studies ROMA. Research activities on protection of means and personnel in Peace Support Operations.
September 2005- November 2009
Teaching Assistant. Master in International Relations, University of Bologna. Teaching Support and tutorship for students. Assessment of human resources and management of bureaucratic and formal agreements.
September 2005- November 2009
News Editor. Observatory on Italian Foreign Policy www.foreignpolicy.it
Visiting Fellow at Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr (Bundeswehr Centre for Military History and Social Science), Potsdam.
August 2004-November 2004
Intern. PRIF-Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main (FRG). Research on “Arms Control and Disarmament”.
Qualified as "I Fascia Professor" (Professore Ordinario - “Abilitazione nazionale”) by the Italian Ministry of Education (2019) https://asn18.cineca.it/pubblico/miur/esito/14%252FA2/1/3
Main Teaching Modules
February 2022 -
Studi Strategici, Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
February 2021 -
"Security Studies. From Terrorism to Peacekeeping", (in English), Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
February 2022 - May 2022
"Democratization" (in English) - Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
February 2021 - May 2021
“Comparative Politics” (in English), Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
March 2021 -
“Foreign and Defense Policy Analysis - Advanced” (in English), PhD Program in Security, Risk and Vulnerability. Curriculum: Security and Strategic Studies. Training Activities. University of Genova.
February 2020 -
"Foreign Policy analysis", (in English), Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
“Comparative Research Methods” (in English), PhD Program in Security, Risk and Vulnerability. Curriculum: Security and Strategic Studies. Training Activities. University of Genova.
"The Political System of the EU. Foreign and Defense policy in EU" (in English)
"L'evoluzione della sicurezza internazionale tra terrorismo e peacekeeping", Modulo B ("Guerra Conflitti e Costruzione della Pace").
"European Political Systems". California State University (Florence).
October 2016- 2018
"The Political System of the EU" (in english) and "L'evoluzione della sicurezza internazionale tra terrorismo e peacekeeping", Modulo B ("Guerra Conflitti e Costruzione della Pace"
October 2015 – 2016
“Sistema politico Europeo” (EU Political System) and “Guerre, Conflitti e costruzione della Pace” (War, Conflicts and Peace-building), Department of Political Science, University of Genoa
September 2010 to date
“Theories of International Relations and Security Studies”, Master in “International Relations Europe-Latin America”, University of Bologna.
“Qualitative Methodology - Research Design & Skills”, PhD in “Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability”, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa
January 2013 to date
“Geopolitics and regional issues”, Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
“Introduction to European Security”, in Jean Monnet Module “Debating European Security”, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
“Project Cycle Management for Development Cooperation”, Master in Diplomacy and International Politics, University of Bologna.
“Theory of International Relations and Security Studies”, Master in “Geopolitical Studies and Global Security”, University La Sapienza, Roma.
“Introduction to European Soft Security”, in IPESS Spring School Bruxelles, EU Intensive Programme in European Soft Security (BA and MA students).
January 2009 to date
Preparatory courses (“country profile” and “feedback for position papers”) for the Model United Nations – NY and World MUN. BA students, University of Florence, University of Siena, University of Padua. Consules – International non- profit Association, Rome.
For other relevant courses, seminars and academic training see: http://sssup.academia.edu/fabriziocoticchia
Consultant for: Italian Minister of Defense, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs; National Intelligence Council (USA); DIS; CASD-Cemiss; Regione Toscana.
Consultant, preliminary analyses before the elaboration of the “EU Strategic Compass”. IAI, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2018 and 2020
National Intelligence Council – Washington, country expert for annual report
Consultant, preliminary analyses before the elaboration of the new Italian “White Paper” on Defense and Security. Rome, Ministry of Defense.
Consultant, preliminary analyses before the elaboration of the new Italian Law on Development Cooperation.
Consultant, Regione Toscana – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, “The Tuscan system of development cooperation: programmes 2009-2011”. Regional system of Monitoring and Evaluation for decentralized development cooperation. Evaluation of Regional programmes (field missions in Lebanon, May 2011, Albania, June 2011 and Bosnia, December 2012)
Consultant, Regione Toscana – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Oxfam Italy. Mid term and Final Evaluation of the development programme “Netsafrica” (Italy/South Africa).
Consultant, Regione Toscana – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Ex post evaluation of regional “peace programmes”.
Consultant, Regione Toscana – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna– Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Ucodep. Final and in itinere evaluation (field missions in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, 2004, 2005 and 2006) of the development programme “Seenet” (Italy/South Eastern Europe)
Interviews and analyses on international relations and Italian foreign and defense policy for international and Italian media: Rainews24, GR Parlamento (podcast “Database” on international affairs issues), Domani, Scenari, Formiche, and Affari Internazionali. Also on: Foreign Policy, La 7, SkyTG24, L’Espresso, L’Opinion, Amwaj Media, The New Arab, NIUS (Spain), Geopolitica.info, Il Tirreno, Il Sole 24Ore, Il Secolo XIX, Primo Canale, Il Post, ViceItalia, Linkiesta, Upday, Radio1Rai, Radio2Rai, Radio3, Radio24, Radio Popolare, Tele Granducato, Controradio, Radio Città del Capo.
Member of “Consiglio dei Docenti”, “Security, Risk and Vulnerability”, curriculum “Secuirity and Strategic studies” PhD Programme, University of Genova, 2020-
He is a member of the ISA (International Studies Association). He is also member of the SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica). Quaderni Scienza Politica – member of the Redazione. He has created (with A.Catanzaro) the Observatory on Conflicts at the Department of Political Sciences, Genova.He is a native Italian speaker. He works and teaches in English. He knows also Spanish and (just a bit) German.
He loves, above all, his wife, his son and the ACF Fiorentina.
Date and place of birth: July 20th, 1979; Firenze (Italy)