Francescco Strazzari

Francescco Strazzari

Adjunct Professor of International Relations

SAIS Europe


  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Northern Africa
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Corruption and Transnational Crime
  • Crisis Management
  • Peacekeeping
  • Politics
  • Terrorism
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Background and Education

Francesco Strazzari is Adjunct Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime; Associate Professor of International Relations, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa; and Associate Analyst EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris. He specializes in conflict studies, with a specific focus on European security, state-building, extra-legal governance and transnational organized crime. Strazzari holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence. He has lectured at SAIS Europe (The Johns Hopkins University), University of Amsterdam, and University of Bologna.

Publications include: Terrore Sovrano. Stato e Jihad nell’Era Post-Liberale, Bologna, Il Mulino (2017); Another Nakba: Weapons Availability and the Transformation of the Palestinian National Struggle, 1987-2007, co-author (2010); Notte Balcanica. Guerra, crimine, Stati Falliti alle Soglie d’Europa (2009); "The shadow of violence and intervention: war as an extralegal deal," in S.Talani, R. Roccu, The Dark Side of Globalisation, Palgrave (forthcoming 2018); "Preparing for the Unknown: Fieldwork Preparation and Risk Assessment for Research in Hostile Environments" (with. K. Koehler, S. Lefebvre, D. Masterson) in SAFE Research Handbook for Fieldwork in Risky Environment, Univ. of Goteborg (forthcoming 2018); "Present at state (un)making: Understanding organized crime in the Sahel-Sahara region,” (with G. Zanoletti) in F. Allum and S. Gilmous (eds.), Handbook on Organised Crime and Politics, Edward Edgar Publishing (2018); "Sovereignty vs biopolitics: constraining social science research in the dangerhood" (with A. Russo) in H. Leira, N. Graeger, The Duty of Care: protecting citizens abroad, Palgrave, (forthcoming 2019); "Between organised crime and terrorism: illicit firearms actors and market dynamics in Italy" (with F. Zampagni) in N. Duquet (ed.), Triggering Terror: Illicit Gun Markets and Firearms Acquisition of Terrorist Networks in Europe, Brussels, Flemish Peace Institute (2018); "Illicit Firearms Circulation and the Politics of Upheaval in North Africa” (with F. Zampagni) in N. Duquet (ed.), Triggering Terror: Illicit Gun Markets and Firearms Acquisition of Terrorist Networks in Europe, Brussels, Flemish Peace Institute (2018).

2018-07-18 00:00:00 
Spring 2019 
The course give...
The course gives students a comprehensive understanding of contemporary patterns and characteristics of transnational organized crime, illicit markets and trafficking activities. It does so through a broad set of analytical tools, that are not limited to criminal justice, but rather include political science, international relations, political economy and political sociology. After offering an overview of what and how we know about organized crime, we will examine variations in its contemporary forms in the international arena, addressing key questions related to geopolitical stability and instability – therefore debating the nexus with state fragility, development and security (terrorism). (T&H)