Climate Change, Conflict and the Sahel
in the Geopolitics of Non-state Actors
Luciano Pollichieni’s research focuses on the interaction between organized crime and terrorism (crime-terror nexus) and the geopolitics of non-state actors. He is currently conducting research on the exploitation of geographical spaces by violent non-state actors in West Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
Pollichieni has investigated the link between drug trafficking and armed violence in northern Mali. He has extensive experience analysing organized crime in Italy and West Africa, focusing on both terrorist financing and drug trafficking. His research is aimed at policymakers and academics.
He is a visiting research fellow at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Conflict Security and Terrorism and is affiliated with the Urban Violence Research Network. He has previously worked for Limes: the Italian Review of Geopolitics, the Istituto of Affari Internazionali, and the Italian Chamber of Deputies (among others). Luciano has been interviewed as a security expert by prominent British, Italian, and Belgian media outlets.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
The RUSI Journal
Small Wars & Insurgencies
Essays and Invited Commentary
ACCORD (African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes)
Invited Speaking Events
EUCTER-Jean Monnet Network on EU Counter-Terrorism. October 15, 2021
Linkiesta, June 2021
#ScholarSpotlight with Luciano Pollichieni
Next Generation Global Policy March 2021
Mondiaal Nieuws February 2021
Urban Violence Research Network November 2020
Mali, Pollichieni : “Improbabile coinvolgimento ivoriano”
Limes, September 2020
Halloween Night in Feed West’s police cell criticized as tasteless.
The Guardian, September 2018