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Francesco Mancini

Senior Director of Research | mancini@ipinst.org

As Senior Director of Research at IPI, Francesco Mancini serves as principal liaison between the program staff and the President Terje Rød-Larsen. He develops and leads IPI’s research agenda. He supervises the quality control of research outputs, manage research staff, and support fundraising. His work focuses on conflict analysis, prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. He also heads Coping with Crisis, Conflict and Change, IPI’s largest program that works on strengthening multilateral response capacity to crises and conflict. He launched and oversees www.theglobalobservatory.org, the IPI’s website with daily analysis and interviews on global security. He regularly lectures in academic institutions and presents to conferences and governments on global peace and security issues.

Francesco is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and held the same position for two years at New York University. Since 2004, he has been teaching a graduate-level seminar on conflict assessment.

Prior to joining IPI, Francesco served as an Associate at the EastWest Institute in New York, where he co-managed the Worldwide Security Initiative, a program designed to enhance international cooperation in addressing new security threats, particularly transnational terrorism.

From 1996 to 2001, Francesco was a senior management consultant at Charles Riley Consultants International in Paris, where he focused on business strategy and change management, managing multi-million dollar reforms in major public sector companies in France, Italy, and Morocco.

Francesco earned his BS in business administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. He received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he studied international security policy and conflict resolution. While at Columbia, he was awarded a fellowship within the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. In 2002, he researched the peace negotiations in Cyprus at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia.

Selected Publications

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• Francesco Mancini and Marie O’Reilly, New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict, Stability Journal, 2013.

• Francesco Mancini,Uncertain Borders: Territorial Disputes in Asia, ISPI, 2013.

• Francesco Mancini, ed, New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict, International Peace Institute, 2013.

• Adam Smith and Arthur Boutellis, eds, The Management Handbook for UN Field Missions, International Peace Institute, 2012, conceived and designed.

• Francesco Mancini, Introduction in “Preventive Diplomacy: Regions in Focus,” International Peace Institute, 2012.

• Francesco Mancini and Adam Smith, eds, “Partnerships – A New Horizon for Peacekeeping?," Special Issue of the Journal International Peacekeeping, Vol. 18, No. 5, 2011.

• Francesco Mancini, "A Quiet Diplomat for Challenging Times," UN Chronicle, Number 4, 2011.

• Francesco Mancini, “Where the Security-Development Debate Falls Short,” International Peace Institute, February 2011.

• Neclâ Tschirgi, Michael S. Lund, and Francesco Mancini, eds., Security & Development: Searching For Critical Connections (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2010).

• Francesco Mancini, "Pulling the Rug Out From Under Al Qaeda," Journal of International Affairs 63, no. 1 (Fall-Winter 2009).

• Francesco Mancini, “The Company We Keep: Private Contractors in Jamaica,” Civil Wars 8, no. 2 (June 2006): 231-250; and in Managing Insecurity: Field Experiences of Security Sector Reform, edited by Gordon Peake, Eric Scheye, and Alice Hills (London: Taylor & Francis, 2008).

• Encyclopedia of United States National Security (London: SAGE Publications, 2006; Richard Samuels, ed.), contributions including Osama Bin Laden,Bush Doctrine, Middle East Conflicts, Preemptive War Doctrine, Preventive War, UN Peacekeeping.

• Francesco Mancini with Reyko Huang, "Counting What Counts: Ten Steps Toward Increasing the Relevance of Empirical Research in the UN System," New York: International Peace Academy, February 2006.

• Francesco Mancini, "Maritime Power in A Flat World," Journal of International Affairs 59, no. 1 (Fall-Winter 2005).

• Francesco Mancini, "In Good Company? The Role of Business in Security Sector Reform," London and New York: Demos and International Peace Academy, 2005.

Selected Media and Conferences

Interview on Iran’s Nuclear Talks, Arise TV, 23 February 2014 (begins at minute 38’ 20”)

Interview on Syria’s Peace Talks (“Geneva 2”), Arise America TV, 23 January 2014 (begins at minute 1’40”)

Interview on Syria’s crisis and the Middle East, Arise America TV, 7 January 2014 (begins at minute 25’58”)

• China and ASEAN, ASAN Plenum 2013, 1 May 2013, Seoul (panelist)

• The Crisis in Mali, Columbia University’s Alumni Day, 27 April 2013, New York (panelist)

• Launch of OCHA’s report “Humanitarianism in Networked Age, ” 25 April 2013, New York (chair)

Preventing Violent Conflict: How Can Innovative Technologies Aid Peacebuilding?, 12 April 2013, USIP, Washington DC (panelist)

Using Technology in Conflict Prevention, 10 April 2013, New York (panelist)

• Religion and Social Cohesion in Conflict-affected Countries, 5-6 October 2012, University of Denver (panelist)

• Delivering a Well-managed and Effective UN, 11-12 June 2012, Wilton Park, UK (panelist)

• Retreat of African Union’s Panel of the Wise, 4-5 June 2012, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (panelist)

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