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Marco Pinfari

Brief Biography

Marco Pinfari holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Laurea Magistralis from the University of Bologna, Italy. 

His research focuses on a number of sub-debates in international relations and security studies. His recent work centres specifically on regional security, terrorism and multiparty mediation in persistent conflicts, with a regional specialization in the Middle East and Arab Africa. On these topics he published widely in journals such as the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Terrorism and Political Violence. His latest volume is Peace Negotiations and Time: Deadline Diplomacy in Territorial Disputes (Routledge, 2013). He has also explored the role of the Arab League and GCC as mediators in regional conflicts, worked extensively on the relations between the EU and the MENA region, and has been the AUC team leader of three international collaborative projects dealing with regional cooperation, democratization conflicts and EU-Turkey relations.

He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) and, before joining AUC, taught in six different institutions in four countries. He has received a number of teaching awards, including the student-nominated LSE Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. 

    • (2017) ‘Framing through Paradox: Egypt and the “Obama Supports Terrorism” Campaign’, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 122-138.
    • (2017) ‘Introduction: Middle East and North Africa’, in T. Diez and N. Tocci (eds.) The EU, Regional Integration and Conflict Resolution (Palgrave). ISBN: 9783319475295.
    • With H. Azhar (2017) ‘Israel-Palestine: The Mediterranean Paradox’, in T. Diez and N. Tocci (eds.) The EU, Regional Integration and Conflict Resolution (Palgrave). ISBN: 9783319475295.
    • With J. Louis (2017) ‘Western Sahara: A “Head-in-the-Sand” Approach to Maghrebi Integration”, in T. Diez and N. Tocci (eds.) The EU, Regional Integration and Conflict Resolution (Palgrave). ISBN: 9783319475295.
    • Pinfari, M. (2016) ‘Regional Organizations in the Middle East’, Oxford Handbook Online in Political Science, Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199935307.
    • (2015) ‘League of Arab States’, in G. Ritzer (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. ISBN: 9780470670590.
    • (2015) ‘The Coptic Community and Religious Strife in Egypt’, in F Andreatta and E. Castelli (eds.), Solutions and Failures in Identity-based Conflict. The Autonomy of Trentino-South Tyrol in Comparative Perspective (Trento: FBK Press), pp. 213-237. ISBN: 9788898989102.
    • (2014) ‘Of Cats and Lions: Egypt and Regional Security Governance in the Middle East’, European University Institute (EUI) Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Global Governance Programme, Working Paper RSCAS 2014/48. ISSN 1028-3625.
    • With R. Hanau Santini and S. Lucarelli (2014) ‘Interregionalism: A Security Studies Perspective’, in F. Soderbaum, F. Baert and T. Scaramagli (eds.), Intersecting Interregionalism: Regions, Global Governance and the EU (Dordrecht: Springer), pp. 71-88. ISBN: 9789400775657.
    • Pinfari, M. (2014) ‘Transnational Civil Society and Regionalism in the Arab World: More of the Same?’, in L. Fioramonti (ed.) Regions of Citizens. How Civil Society Reshapes World Regions in Times of Crisis (Lanham: Lexington Books), pp. 161-176. ISBN: 9780739141311.
    • Pinfari. M. (2013) Peace Negotiations and Time: Deadline Diplomacy in Territorial Disputes, “Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution” series (Abingdon: Routledge). ISBN: 9780415523875.
    • (2013) ‘The EU, Egypt, and Morsi’s Rise and Fall: “Strategic Patience” and its Discontents’, Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 460-466.
    • (2013) ‘Interregionalism and Multiparty Mediation: The Case of Arab Africa’, International Journal of Peace Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 83-101. ISSN: 1085-7494.
    • (2012) ‘The Unmaking of a Patriot: Anti-Arab Prejudice in the British Attitude towards the Urabi Revolt (1882)’, Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 92-108. ISSN: 0271-3519 (print); 2043-6920 (online).
    • (2012) ‘A Changing Mediterranean: Regional Organizations and North Africa during the Arab Spring’, The International Spectator, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 134-150. Also published as a book chapter in L. Fioramonti (ed.), Regionalism in a Changing World: Comparative Perspectives in the New Global Order (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012), pp. 134-150. ISBN: 9780415809962.
    • (2012) ‘Tunisia and Libya’, in J. Peters (ed.), The European Union and the Arab Spring: Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East (Lanham: Lexington Books), pp. 33-48. ISBN: 9780739174456;
    • (2011) ‘Time to Agree: Is Time Pressure Good for Peace Negotiations?’, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 55, No. 5, pp. 683-709.
    • (2010) ‘Europe and Conflict Resolution in the Mediterranean: The Impact of ‘Hybrid Wars’, Quaderni di Relazioni Internazionali, No. 13 (November 2010), pp. 82-93. ISBN: 9788823861183.
    • (2009) ‘Exploring the Terrorist Nature of Political Assassinations: A Reinterpretation of the Orsini Attentat’, Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 21, Vol. 4, pp. 580-594.
    • (2009) ‘Nothing but Failure? The Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council as Mediators in Middle Eastern Conflicts’, Crisis States Working Papers Series, Crisis States Research Centre, LSE, Series 2, No. 45 (March 2009). ISSN: 1749-1797 (print); 1749-1800 (online).
    • (2005) Quale pace? Storia ed interpretazioni del processo di Oslo [What Kind of Peace? History and Interpretations of the Oslo Process] (Bologna: University Press - CLUEB). ISBN: 9788849124736.