Observatory on Conflicts

Observatory on conflicts

The "Observatory on Conflicts" aims to create, within the Department of Political Science (DISPO) of the University of Genoa, a centre for the study of the evolution of international security, contemporary conflicts, comparative politics, and political thinking on peace and war. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the Observatory aims to develop a wide network of lecturers, experts, journalists and practitioners (both Italian and foreign) in order to organise events (workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.), develop joint research and projects (at a local, national and European level), support the internationalisation of the Department, and promote a public debate (open to students and citizens) on issues of international security. The Observatory will only be represented by its own web platform, whose objective will be to provide visibility to the initiatives promoted by the Observatory itself and to facilitate internal and external communication. The structure of the Observatory provides an internal coordination unit and a scientific committee (composed of Italian and foreign lecturers). The Observatory, directly connected to the "Wars, Conflicts and Peace Building" course, was born after the first two years (2015-2017) of a series of seminars entitled "War, Peace and Security at the gates of the Mediterranean" and the two international workshops "Conflicts and Institutions". Many of the initiatives promoted have widely focused on the topic of training internships, operating in contexts where students and new graduates can do an internship.

About us:

Coordinators of the Observatory:

Andrea Catanzaro (UNIGE) Fabrizio Coticchia (UNIGE)

Scientific Commitee

Pejman Abdolmohammadi (UNIGE) Giampiero Cama (UNIGE) Mara Morini (UNIGE) Francesco Pierini (UNIGE) Alberto De Sanctis (UNIGE) Pietro Batacchi (RID) Vincenzo Bove (Warwick University) Michela Ceccorulli (UNIBO) Stefano Costalli (UNIFI) Enrico Calossi (UNIPI) Jason Davidson (Mary Washington) Silvia D’Amato (SNS) Matthew Evangelista (Cornell) Alessandro Marrone (IAI) Hugo Meijer (EUI) Francesco N. Moro (UNIBO) Michele Nones (IAI) Andrea Ruggeri (Oxford) Francesco Strazzari (NUPI e Scuola Sant’Anna) Stefano Recchia (Cambridge) Chiara Ruffa (Swedish Defense University)

Research and projects

The research topics addressed by the Observatory concern the study of conflicts, of political thought related to peace and war, the relationship between strategic narratives and security, military transformation, terrorism, foreign and defense policies in Italy and in Europe, peace-building, the relationship between parties and foreign policy. The first "fruit" of the "Wars, Conflicts and Peace-building" course and the "War, Peace and Security at the gates of the Mediterranean" seminar is the book “Al di là dell’Arcobaleno. I movimenti pacifisti italiani tra ideologie e contro-narrazioni strategiche” (Vita e Pensiero, 2018).The Observatory is also linked to the defense and security blog "Venus in Arms" www.venusinarms.com


andrea.catanzaro@unige.it fabrizio.coticchia@unige.it


Piazzale E. Brignole, 3a canc. 16125 - Genova (GE) dispo@unige.it
Ultimo aggiornamento 22 Gennaio 2018