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Francesco holds a BA in Politics (University of Bologna), and an MA in International and Diplomatic Studies (University of Bologna – Forlì Campus). His PhD dissertation examined the evolution of civil-military relations (CMR) and security sector reform (SSR) in Turkey over the period 2003-2013. Prior to joining DSD, he worked as Research Assistant at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and as Teaching Assistant at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He also works as freelance analyst and consultant – his publications are available here.

Research Interests 

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Security Sector Reform
  • NATO Civil-Military Cooperation Doctrine
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Turkey
  • Tunisia