Jean Monnet/GGP Fellow
Fabrizio Coticchia is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Genoa.
He obtained his PhD in Political Systems and Institutional Change from the IMT – Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies.
Since 2004 he has evaluated for the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna projects and programmes of decentralised and international cooperation in the fields of emergency, reconstruction and development, peace, disability, health. He undertook several field missions in Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe. He has been research fellow in international relations at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (2009-2014).
His fields of research are contemporary warfare, strategic culture, public opinion and military operations, Italian and European defence policy, development cooperation. He holds postgraduate courses on geopolitics, theories of international relations and security studies. He provides pre-deployment courses and seminars for Italian troops.
His articles have appeared, among others, on “European Security”, “Small Wars and Insurgencies”, “Foreign Policy Analysis”, “Afriche e Orienti”, “Contemporary Italian Politics”, “The International Spectator”, “Quaderni di Scienza Politica”. Among his books: “Italian Military Operations Abroad: Just Don’t Call it War”, with P. Ignazi and G. Giacomello (Palgrave 2012); “La guerra che non c’era. Opinione pubblica e interventi militari italiani” (Egea 2014) and “Adapt, Improvise, Overcome? The Transformation of Italian Armed Forces in Comparative Perspective”, with F.N. Moro (Ashgate forthcoming).
European Military Transformation in Comparative Perspective
The project aims to analyse the evolution of European armed forces in comparative perspective. European forces underwent deep changes in the past two decades.
Given the breadth of the debate and the size of transformations that took place, it is surprising that relatively few academic studies have directly dealt with changes in force structure of European militaries, and the Italian armed forces in particular.
The focus of this research is the organisational dimension of the restructuring of European armed forces through three different lenses: doctrine and strategic framework, budget and resource allocation, and force structure and deployment (ISAF operation in Afghanistan, 2001-2014). The key issues addressed relate to how these factors interact in shaping transformation.
Of particular interest is the theme of learning, which is how armed forces endogenise change in the short and long run. The research project examines the evolution of armed forces occurred in four European countries: Italy, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Empirically, the analysis is supported by an extensive use of primary sources, collecting data through interviews with experts, political leaders and military officers.