No time for Uncertainty. The European Defense and Security in the Time of Terror: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities

We are organizing a panel at the next SGRI conference (Trento, June 29-July 1).

As reported in there website: The annual SGRI Conference is an opportunity for scholars throughout Italy to come together and discuss topics that are relevant to international relations. The 2017 Conference will be held for the sixth time in Trento from June 29th to July 1st and will be organized by IPLab (International Politics Laboratory), a joint venture involving the Bruno Kessler Foundation and the University of Trento.

Here you’ll find a list of the all panels.

Here below the details of “our” panel (“No time for Uncertainty. The European Defense and Security in the Time of Terror: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities“):

Chair: Giampiero Cama (University of Genova)
Discussants: Francesco N. Moro (University of Bologna) & Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genova)

Date: TBD
Room: Sala Grande

According to the European Union Global Strategy “terrorism, hybrid threats, economic volatility, climate change and energy insecurity” are significantly endangering Europe (EUGS, 2016). The EUGS emphasizes the need for an “appropriate level of ambition and strategic autonomy”, enhancing common efforts especially on cyber, counterterrorism, energy and strategic communications. In other words, Member States should “move towards defence cooperation as the norm”, providing a greater contribution to collective security, working closely with its allies and partners, such as NATO. The panel aims at collecting empirical papers that, through different methodological perspectives, try and understand how current transformations (political, such as Brexit and Trump election but also technological, such as the “rise” of drones) are impacting traditional European and national security practices.

The panel explores how Member States, as well as the EU, have faced so far the above- mentioned challenges, examining in details the following key-areas: (a) shared assessments of internal and external threats (e.g., Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, including the role of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and satellite communications); (b) the evolution of digital capabilities to secure data, networks and critical infrastructure; (c) the transformation of (national and European) counter-terrorism; civil-military relations in operations; (d) the development of European procurement (especially regarding full- spectrum land, air, space and maritime capabilities); (e) the military doctrines at the national and regional level.

Confirmed Papers: 

  1. Edoardo Baldaro (Scuola Normale Superiore – Pisa), The EU in the Sahel: Assessing Strengths and Limits of the European Integrated Approach to Conflict
    Nowadays the EU is facing renewed security threats coming from its instable Eastern and Southern borders. State fragility and civil conflicts in the peripheries are considered as factors that can endanger European internal security and cohesion, asking for concrete initiatives and responses by European institutions. The European Union Global Strategy (EUGS)introduces a new ‘integrated approach to conflict and crisis’, in order to propose innovative and shared solutions concerning conflict-management and crisis-relief.Adopting an ideational and social constructivist approach to the study of European foreign policy, this article aims to explore the “fragile state” and “resilience” concurring policy paradigms informing this new European strategic concept. Analysing the EU’s initiatives in the Sahel, one of the regions where the EU elaborated and tested its renewed approach, the paper underlines ideational and practical weaknesses of the European action, focusing the attention on three dimensions: 1) inter-agency efficiency and cooperation; 2) EU – member states coordination; 3) effects on local governance and environment. We finally argue that even if the EUGS is going in the right direction, the EU still suffers from cognitive problems and lacks internal cooperation.

    In the conclusion I argue that even if the EUGS is going in the right direction, the EU still suffers of cognitive and normative problems and pays a lack of internal cooperation, all factors that can still put into question the EU’s approach to fragility and conflict in the South.

  2. Eugenio Cusumano (Leiden University), Migrant Rescuing as Organised Hypocrisy: EU Maritime Missions Offshore Libya Beyond Humanitarianism and Border Control
    In October 2014, the Italian Navy maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operation offshore Libya Mare Nostrum was replaced by the EU border agency Frontex operation Triton, followed in 2015 by the Common Security and Defence Policy mission EUNAVFOR Med ‘Sophia’. Both Triton and EUNAVFOR have increasingly advertised their  involvement in SAR operations. As the two missions focused on reducing illegal entries to Europe rather than SAR, their commitment to migrant rescuing was not matched by consistent action. This paper conceptualizes the mismatch between humanitarian rhetoric and activities primarily meant to reduce migrant flows as a form of organised hypocrisy. Based on a decoupling between talk and action, organised hypocrisy allowed EU maritime missions to reconcile contradictory pressures from their external environment, such as EU willingness to reduce maritime migrations and the normative imperative to act against the loss of life at sea
  3. Artem Patalakh (University of Milan Statale), Soft Power Revisited: How Attraction Works in International Relations
    The paper puts forward a constructivist interpretation of how Joseph Nye’s soft power works in International Relations (IR). In particular, it focuses on the functioning of attraction, soft power’s main pronounced mechanism. On the basis of a theoretical literature review, the author identifies three primary issues that require further specification in Nye’s account, namely a clear disentanglement between hard and soft power, a psychological mechanism behind attraction and the relationship between agentic and structural forces in the soft power relationship. To address these issues, the author locates soft power in the constructivist IR paradigm, viewing power in its broadest terms (as including all the four “faces” of power). Then, the author applies French and Raven’s typology of power bases to build a framework that classifies attraction into three types, each with a particular psychological mechanism: “rational” attraction (which means that actor A is positively evaluated by actor B of the basis of its actions that do not aim at other IR actors), “social” attraction (which implies that A is positively evaluated based on how it treats other IR actors) and “emotional” attraction (which happens if B is positively evaluated by A, because B is useful for A to fulfill its identity, its perceived position among other IR actors). Having said this, the author uses insight from social psychology to provide theoretical explanations for each type of attraction, illustrating them with relevant examples from contemporary international politics.

  4. Mirco Elena (USPID)



See you soon in Trento…


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Call for papers – SISP Annual Convention 2017

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the next SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica) Annual Convention.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Urbino (14-16 September 2017)

Here you’ll find all the info on the convention. You should register at MySISP.

You can submit your abstract before May 29th. Among panels (which can be found in the MySISP section) we suggest the following (also because you’ll find Venus..):

Section “International Relations”

Panel 8.2 “Political parties and Foreign Policy. Theories, approaches, and empirical research in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA)

Chairs: Giampiero Cama, Fabrizio Coticchia

According to Kaarbo (2015), many of the International Relations (IR) theories still ignore “decades of research in foreign policy analysis” on how domestic political and decision-making factors affect actors’ choices and policies. Several authors attempted to integrate Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and Role Theory and National Role Conceptions (NRC), stressing how FPA can provide insights into the mass—elite nexus and intra-elite conflicts, while the NRC literature could incorporate the use of ideas and identity in foreign policymaking. Despite a significant attention towards the role of Italian (and European) national identity and its defense policy, such attempt has been seldom addressed. On the contrary, FPA is still marginal within the Italian (and even European) theoretical debate while the few analyses on political actors, parties and foreign and security issues have developed theoretical approaches explicitly related to FPA. Concerning Italy, some authors provided a comprehensive analysis of post-Cold War foreign policy, stressing the role of ideas and discourse in the interplay between strategic actors and strategically selective context. Other have focused on the role-concept that Italy developed in the first years after its reunification, emphasizing its inconsistency and the “perverse” dynamic between internal weakness and international recognition. However, scarce interest has been devoted (by the Italian as well as by the European literature) to the relationship between political parties, coalitions, foreign and defense policy. Therefore, a greater “attention to human decision makers”, which is conceived the fundamental contribution of FPA to IR (Hudson 2005), could be extremely relevant for the development of the debate, also in comparative perspective (Europe and beyond).
The panel aims at addressing such need, exploring FPA contributions from different theoretical and geographical perspectives. Thus, we invite papers that investigate: the interactions between the domestic structure of European countries and the international context; the material and ideational factors as determinants of state behaviour; the formation of domestic preferences (by looking at political elites and significant domestic groups that are involved in the decision-making process); domestic constraints to the executive’s power in foreign policy; the personalization of politics and coalition foreign policy; the impact of party ideology on foreign policy, etc.


Section “Research Methodology”

(Italian) Panel 11.2 La ricerca empirica nelle Relazioni Internazionali. Metodi e prospettive a confronto

Negli ultimi due decenni la ricerca empirica nell’ambito delle Relazioni Internazionali ha acquisito notevole forza. I temi di ricerca spaziano, andando a intersecarsi con la politica comparata, l’economia, l’analisi delle politiche pubbliche. Allo stesso modo, i metodi utilizzati dai ricercatori nei loro studi si sono diversificati e raffinati. Riteniamo sia importante un momento di riflessione sul rapporto fra teoria e ricerca empirica, così come un confronto fra ricercatori che lavorano prevalentemente con metodi quantitativi e ricercatori che lavorano prevalentemente con metodi qualitativi, per evitare la formazione di compartimenti stagni e lavorare alla complementarietà degli approcci. Proponiamo dunque una tavola rotonda che metta a tema il percorso svolto fino a ora dalla ricerca empirica nelle Relazioni Internazionali, proponga riflessioni sulle direzioni future e favorisca un confronto costruttivo fra esperti di metodi diversi.
I partecipanti alla tavola rotonda che hanno già confermato la propria disponibilità sarebbero i seguenti:
Stefano Costalli (Università di Firenze) – Chair
Fabrizio Coticchia (Università di Genova)
Federica Genovese (University of Essex)
Francesco Moro (Università di Bologna)
Chiara Ruffa (Swedish Defense University)
Andrea Ruggeri (University of Oxford)


See you in Urbino.

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Venus in Arms at ISA Baltimore…Papers and Panels

Also this year Venus in Arms will be at the ISA Annual Convention, which will be held in Baltimore (22-25 February 2017). Almost 6000 attendees are estimated!

Here you can find all the info about the conference

Here you can browse the programme

Our Fabrizio Coticchia and Francesco Moro will present two papers. Here below some details on their (very promising) panels:

Military Learning
Thursday, February 23, 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

The papers on this panel examine not only lessons learned, but the processes by which military organizations learn and update tactics and appraise their effectiveness. Some focus on internal pathways and others consider how lessons are learned by bystanders watching foreign wars.

Chair and Discussant: Terry Terriff (University of Calgary)


  • The Sources of Military Learning: Organisational Learning and Military Change during the Iraq War and ISAF – Tom Dyson (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Through military lenses. Security perceptions and learning in the case of Italian armed forces
    – Lorenzo Cicchi (EUI – European University Institute), Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genoa),  and Francesco N Moro (University of Bologna)
  • The Influence of Foreign Wars on Domestic Military Policy: The Case of the Yom Kippur War’s Influence on the American Military – Jonathan E. Czarnecki (Naval War College Monterey), Robert Tomlinson (U.S. Naval War College)
  • Explaining Military Tactics: Organizational Routines and the British Army in Multinational Missions – Cornelius Friesendorf (Goethe University Frankfurt and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt)
  • Forgetting the Past?: Vietnam, the Cold War, and US Army Doctrine from Active Defense to AirLand Battle – Peter Campbell (Baylor University)

Narrative encounters with foreign and security policy
Thursday, February 23, 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

It has been suggested that we in International Studies have witnessed something of a ‘narrative turn’ in recent years; this ‘turn’ has manifest in several ways. First, scholars have begun to elicit narrative accounts of the life experiences of their research participants, to understand how people in various institutions narrate their own subjectivity. Second, analysts have turned to narrative materials – fiction books, journals, blogs – as rich sources of information about global politics. Third, researchers have begun to treat global policies and documentary materials (such as presidential statements, reports, and resolutions) as forms of narrative, and investigated these sources for the presence of meta-narratives, the better to understand how we make sense of such materials through our story-telling capabilities. This panel contributes to debates about narrative in all three of these ways, and in so doing represents a methodological, theoretical, and empirical contribution to this emerging field of study.
Chair: Michael Alan Lewis (George Mason University)
Discussant: Laura Mills (University of St Andrews)


  • Feeling Unsafe ~ Exploring the Impact of Nuclear Evacuation – Ronni Alexander (Kobe University)
  • Narratives of border crossing among Syrian refugees arriving into Germany – Isis Nusair (Denison University)
  • A different story: strategic narratives, security issues and peace movements in Italy – Andrea Catanzaro (University of Genova) and Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genoa )
  • (In)security, violence and masculinity –ontological narratives of the Black Sea Region in the 21st century – Ivan Cristina Mihaela (The National Intelligence Academy Mihai Viteazul)


See you soon in Baltimore

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“Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle Porte del Mediterraneo” (2017)

Anche quest’anno il Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche (DISPO) dell’Università di Genova organizza il ciclo di seminari. “Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle Porte del Mediterraneo”, che si pone lo scopo di approfondire i temi relativi all’evoluzione della sicurezza internazionale attraverso una serie di workshop e convegni con accademici, politici, giornalisti, esperti e practitioner del settore.

Tali eventi, direttamente collegati ai corsi “Guerre, Conflitti e Costruzione della Pace” di Andrea Catanzaro e del nostro Fabrizio Coticchia, e del corso di Relazioni Internazionali di Giampiero Cama, sono aperti a tutti gli studenti.

Qui i tre seminari organizzati per Marzo e Aprile.

Il seminario esamina il complesso processo di integrazione del mercato europeo della difesa alla luce dei più recenti eventi (“Brexit”, EU Global Strategy, European Defence Action Plan, elezione del Presidente Trump) e le sue possibili implicazioni politiche e istituzionali. Alla fine del seminario saranno brevemente presentate le attività di stage proposte dallo IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali di Roma.

Il workshop ha l’obiettivo di esaminare l’evoluzione del rapporto tra ricerca scientifica, informazione e movimenti nell’ambito degli studi sulla pace e la sicurezza in Italia. Il recente rapporto di “Osservatorio Mil€x” sulle spese militari in Italia rappresenta una interessante occasione per affrontare i temi della difesa e della sicurezza dal punto di vista “empirico”. Appare sempre più opportuno, infatti, interrogarsi sullo stato della “peace research” in Italia, per comprenderne le cause del lento affermarsi nella penisola e le caratteristiche dei più recenti sviluppi.

Il workshop ha l’obiettivo di esaminare l’arco di instabilità che caratterizza la sponda meridionale del Mediteranno, con particolare riferimento alla Libia e al Sahel. L’obiettivo sarà quello di illustrare la recente evoluzione dei conflitti locali, il ruolo di organizzazioni criminali e terroristiche, e la complessa relazione tra gli stati dell’area ed i paesi europei in rapporto ai temi della sicurezza. Il workshop cerca di esaminare in modo approfondito tali argomenti grazie alla vasta conoscenza in materia degli autori, i quali da anni svolgono ricerca sul campo.

Ci vediamo a Genova (ci saranno delle grosse novità per il secondo anno del workshop su “Conflicts&Institutions di Giugno…stay tuned)

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‘The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises’

What about Barcelona in September? A very good reason to visit Catalonia is the EISA’s 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations.

Here you’ll find all the info on the conference.

Indeed, this year’s conference takes place in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017. The title of the conference is: “The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises“.

Here the call of paper, panel and roundtable.

From our perspective we believe that the section on Foreign Policy Analysis is extremely interesting.

Here below the abstract of the section:

The section will discuss original and innovative theory-guided works in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). The hallmarks of FPA are its penchant for actor-specific, middle-range theorising and for interdisciplinary and multidimensional approaches. Theoretical approaches in the field can be differentiated along several dimensions, such as levels of analysis, whether they are structural or agent-orientated, or whether they are constructivist, rationalist or cognitive/psychological. At the same time, FPA has a rich tradition of efforts at theoretical integration, which indeed have been singled out by Valerie Hudson as the ‘true promise’ of FPA. In many ways, however, FPA is still largely an ‘American social science’. In American IR, FPA is a well-established sub-discipline: it is one of the largest sections of the International Studies Association and has its own journal, Foreign Policy Analysis. In European IR, in contrast, FPA tends to be somewhat at the margins. The section, therefore, is meant to strengthen the profile of FPA in European IR and to foster an exchange between scholars in Europe who are engaged in it. In particular, it seeks to explore the contributions which ‘European’ FPA can make to the discipline and possible ways of strengthening the links to ‘American’ FPA. To this purpose, we invite panels that elaborate on different theoretical perspectives in FPA, address the challenge of theoretical integration in the field or apply theories of FPA to specific empirical puzzles. The section espouses a pluralist perspective and welcomes panels of any methodological orientation.

See you in Spain

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NATO, UE, politica estera e di difesa italiana. Due seminari…

Segnaliamo volentieri due interessanti seminari relativi al processo di evoluzione della politica estera e di difesa italiana nello scenario redazionale, caratterizzato dalla profonda trasformazione di NATO e Unione Europea. Entrambi gli eventi si terranno alla Facoltà di Scienze Politiche dell’Università di Genova.

Il primo seminario si svolgerà il prossimo Lunedì 21 Novembre 2016 (14-16 Aula 3 Albergo dei Poveri) e si intitola: “L’evoluzione della Sicurezza Europea tra NATO e Unione Europea“. Il seminario prevede l’intervento del dott. Alessandro Marrone (IAI), il quale illustrerà agli studenti anche le possibilità di stage all’Istituto e il Programma Sicurezza&Difesa.

L’incontro si svolge all’interno del corso di Scienza Politica del Prof. Giampiero Cama. Modererà l’incontro il dott.Fabrizio Coticchia (Università di Genova).

Il secondo workshop si intitola: “L’Evoluzione della Politica Estera e di Difesa Italianae si svolgerà il prossimo Venerdì 16 Dicembre 2016 (14-16. Aula 16, DISPO, Albergo dei Poveri). Interverranno:

On. Lia Quartapelle Commissione Esteri e Affari Comunitari, Camera dei Deputati (Capogruppo PD) e Research Associate presso l’Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale – ISPI

Pietro Batacchi Direttore della Rivista Italiana Difesa (RID)

Andrea Locatelli Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

Fabrizio Coticchia DISPO, Università di Genova

Modera Giampiero Cama DISPO, Università di Genova

Il workshop ha l’obiettivo di illustrare l’attuale processo di evoluzione della politica estera e difesa italiana. La crescente instabilità regionale e globale ha sollevato una rinnovata attenzione sui temi della politica internazionale. Che ruolo svolge l’Italia in tale contesto? Quali sono state le principali scelte compiute dal governo Renzi in materia di difesa e politica estera? Come valutare i risultati ottenuti? Il workshop, attraverso il confronto tra prospettive diverse, cerca di rispondere a queste domande.

L’incontro si svolge all’interno del ciclo di seminari “Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle porte del Mediterraneo” (organizzato da Andrea Catanzaro e Fabrizio Coticchia) che si pone lo scopo di approfondire i temi relativi all’evoluzione della sicurezza internazionale attraverso una serie di incontri, workshop e convegni con accademici, politici, giornalisti, esperti e practitioner del settore. Tali eventi, direttamente collegati al corso “Guerre, Conflitti e Costruzione della Pace”, sono aperti a tutti gli studenti.

Qui e qui troverete ulteriori dettagli relativi ad entrambi i seminari, aperti a tutti gli studenti.

Ci vediamo a Zena.


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European Initiative on Security Studies

We are pleased to present an excellent initiative on European security studies. The European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS) is a Europe-wide cluster of over fifty universities that share the goal of consolidating security studies in Europe.

Here you’ll find the official website of the EISS

Here below some further details:

The aim of the EISS is two-fold: first, to establish a Europe-wide network on security studies, with an annual conference and permanent thematic standing groups; and second, to develop future research projects and funding applications among European scholars and academic institutions working in the field of security studies. The EISS is thematically-driven, open to all theoretical approaches and interdisciplinary.

The EISS annual conference is organized by the Association for the Study of War and Strategy (AEGES). Its first annual (two-days) conference will be held on January 13-14, 2017, at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2), in collaboration with the Center Thucydides and the Center for Studies and Research on Administrative and Political Science (CERSA) of Paris 2. The academic director of the EISS is Dr. Hugo Meijer, IRSEM/Sciences Po-CERI.

Here for contact information for the EISS 2017 Conference.

In sum, a terrific project that deserves a considerable attention.

(P.S. Venus will be at theParis Conference..)




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Il Convegno SISP 2016. Qualche suggerimento

Come già segnalato in precedenti post (qui e qui), tra pochi giorni inizierà il Convegno annuale della SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica). Panel, incontri, seminari e tavole rotonde saranno ospitati quest’anno dall’Università degli Studi di Milano, dal 15 al 17 Settembre.

Qui tutte le informazioni su convegno

Qui il programma

Il primo suggerimento per coloro che si recheranno a Milano riguarda questa interessante Tavola Rotonda (che si svolgerà Venerdì in Aula Magna a Scienze Politiche) sulla politica estera italiana:

“Come ripensare la politica estera dell’Italia?”

Chair: Alessandro Colombo, Università degli Studi di Milano

Interventi di:

Min. Paolo Gentiloni
Ambasciatore Sergio Romano
Vittorio Emanuele Parsi, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milano

Angelo Panebianco, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna


Come di consueto, segnaliamo anche i panel nei quali Venus in Arms darà presente:

Panel 8.2 Collective violence in intra-state conflicts. From historical cases to ISIS
After the end of the Cold War, intra-state conflicts attracted increasing attention both from policy-makers and scholars, due to their overall numbers, lethality, and for their consequences on regional, and sometimes global, orders. The growing literature on civil wars, and more broadly on collective violence (including terrorism and large-scale violence perpetrated by “criminal” groups such as drug trafficking organizations), provided in the last two decades important insights on the causes, the dynamics – and increasingly in recent years – on the social, economic and political consequences of conflicts. This panel will focus on violence in intra-state conflicts (as well as “transnational civil wars”). In order to do so, it welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions, ideally gathering proposals that adopt diverse research strategies and research methods, and look at different levels of analysis. The topics include, although they are not limited to, the following:
a) studies on the relation between the evolution of the international system and the proliferation of domestic conflict;
b) papers on the “micro”-level dynamics of violence, such as the strategic use of violence (selective and discriminate) by armed groups;
c) research on spatial and temporal variation of political conflict and violence;
d) studies on the organizational set-up of insurgent organizations, terrorist groups, armed militias;
e) papers on “wartime political orders” and “rebel governance”;
f) insurgent groups’ decision to use terrorist tactics both in civil wars and abroad.

Chairs: Stefano Costalli, Francesco Moro

Terrorists going Transnational: Rethinking the Role of States
Silvia D’Amato

Modelli di analisi per le attuali situazioni di crisi nell’area mediterranea. Incidenza dell’ISIS nelle dinamiche della stabilizzazione.
Fabio Atzeni

The radicalisation pathways and mobilisation dynamics of jihadist foreign fighters: The case of Italy
Francesco Marone

Wearing a Keffiyeh in Rome: The Transnational Relationships Between the Italian Revolutionary Left and the Palestinian Resistance
Luca Falciola

Panel 6.2 Social Movements and Practices of Resistance in Times of Crisis (II)
In the current socio-economic crisis, social movements face several types of challenge: firstly, they are confronting institutions which are less able to mediate new demands for social justice and equity from various sectors of society caused by the successful neo-liberal attack on the welfare system; secondly, given the highly individualized structure of contemporary society, they also experiencing difficulties in building strong and lasting bonds of solidarity and cooperation among people.
It is in this context, on the one side, we see the rise and consolidation of new mutualistic and cooperative experiences of resistance within which new ties for collective action are created, promoting community-led initiatives for social and economic sustainability: solidarity-based exchanges and networks, barter groups, new consumer-producer cooperatives, time banks, local savings groups, ethical banks, alternative social currency, citizens’ self-help groups, solidarity purchasing groups, fair trade, recovered factories, and others similar practices.
On the other side, beyond anti-austerity protests, urban and territorial movements are emerged, generating alternative discourses, new practices and types of relationships; claiming the “right to the city”, they oppose the continuous commodification of the urban areas, the devastation of the territories and the dismantling of the welfare state system: from the locally unwanted land use movements, to the squatting movements for housing and social centres, from the opposition to gentrification processes to the alternative use of the urban spaces, as that made by current “Nuit Debout” movement in Paris.
We are interested in contributions based on empirical research, which investigate on networks, framing, collective identities, forms of action and relations with political institutions and other movements. Comparative studies will be appreciated, but theoretical considerations and in-depth cases studies are also welcome.

Chairs: Fabio De Nardis, Gianni Piazza

Food Movements for a fair and sustainable agri-food system: the case study of Solidarity Purchase Groups Movement in Italy
Daniela Bernaschi

La contestazione a Expo2015 in ottica intersezionale: dal diritto alla città ai diritti animali.
Niccolo Bertuzzi

Narratives and counter-narratives: security issues and peace movements in Italy.
Fabrizio Coticchia e Andrea Catanzaro

Giovani e partecipazione politica in Italia al tempo della crisi
Elisa Lello

Panel 7.4 Le politiche per la sicurezza. Valori, strategie e strumenti (I)
In recent times security policies have been moulded by sources of extremism and radicalization that have triggered a diffuse sense of alarm and panicking within Europe, across its neighbourhoods and at the international level.
These dynamics have been addressed by states and a number of regional and international institutions and organizations Against this background, European security programs have been developed as a reaction to terrorist threat that have been framed as a transnational phenomenon. The extent to which security policies are shaped by local practices and actors has been overlooked, while security provisions are very often locally grounded.
The aim of this panel is to explore the evolution of homeland security concepts and security policy paradigms, in Europe and beyond, and to ascertain the degree to which their implementation can be detected in various policies and practices.
The philosophy and strategy of security policies seek to depart from the traditional approach of solely reacting to risks, crimes or incidents by calling upon both proactive and reactive measures in an attempt to eradicate – or minimize – the fundamental roots of criminal behaviours. Community policing is that law enforcement agencies will improve their performance and level of service to the community by forging partnerships with those actors identified as “external” to the police organization and by utilizing problem-solving techniques and new technologies in order to proactively combat and prevent crimes.
In many countries security policies are on top of the political agenda of central and local governments also in order to reach a better coordination among global, state and local authorities.
In recent years, a great deal of effort has also been invested in redirecting the role of international, regional and local authorities to protecting life and property from a multitude of internal and external threats and risks by increasing the ‘securitization’ of a number of issues.
This is particularly evident, for example in policies that address problems of urban deterioration or ordinary crime.
The panel seeks to gather contributions devoted to security policies as treated at various governance levels stretching from local to global. Multidisciplinary papers confronting the topic of security from different perspectives are particularly welcome.
Chairs: Serena Viola Giusti, Maria Stella Righettini

Discussants: Serena Viola Giusti

Through military lenses. Security perceptions and learning in the case of Italian armed forces
Fabrizio Coticchia, Francesco Niccolò Moro, e Lorenzo Cicchi

La sicurezza negli stadi. Il nuovo modello organizzativo per la sicurezza dello Stadio Olimpico di Roma
Nicola Ferrigni

The European integration Fund, a trigger for domestic intra and inter institutional changes
Gaia Testore


Ci vediamo a Milano

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Parlare di pace e guerra in Italia (parte terza)

Prima di una breve pausa per le vacanze estive Venus voleva ricordarvi alcune novità per il prossimo anno.

Come abbiamo già scritto in precedenti post (qui e qui) non è facile parlare di pace e guerra in Italia, dai media al Parlamento, dal dibattito pubblico alle università. Pertanto, anche nel prossimo anno accademico, confermiamo il  ciclo di seminari “Guerra, Pace e Sicurezza alle porte del Mediterraneo” (promosso dal Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche dell’Università di Genova e organizzato da Andrea Catanzaro e dal nostro Fabrizio Coticchia).

Molte le iniziative realizzate quest’anno (si veda per esempio qui) ehe confermeremo anche nei prossimi semestri, invitando a Genova esperti italiani e stranieri, politici, giornalisti, militari, pacifisti.

La novità del prossimo anno è la creazione di un Osservatorio sui conflitti (il nome ed il relativo acronimo sono ancora da decidere..) legato proprio ad iniziative analoghe. Anche Venus parteciperà direttamente.

Quindi, stay tuned e buone vacanze

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22nd International conference on Intelligence in the Knowledge Society 2016

Guest Post by Davide Barbieri*


New terrorist organizations, rogue states, almost unpredictable migration flows and new cyber security threats are the issues which will be addressed at the 22nd International Conference on Intelligence in the Knowledge Society which will take place in Bucharest this year, on the 13th-14th October.

Here you’ll find additional info on the conference

The Romanian Intelligence Academy “Mihai Viteazul” is taking care of the organization. Several panels – chaired by international academics and intelligence experts – will cover the different topics.

The main framework of the conference will be – as always – extremely interdisciplinary, with scholars coming from different backgrounds like political and social sciences, behavioral sciences, medicine, mathematics and information technology. In particular, since this is my field, I think that the intelligence community should evaluate how and if IT will be able to empower them and help analysts to overcome their cognitive limits, in order to make the most out of the available data, in an efficient way. Terrorist and criminal organizations will certainly do.

*Davide Barbieri, PhD, is a data mining and intelligence analysis expert at Link Campus University, Rome (Italy) where he currently teaches at the Master in Intelligence and Security.


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