Transnational Appeal: QAnon in Italy
Climate Change, Conflict and the Sahel
in Geopolitics/Geopolitics of Non-state Actors
Luciano Pollichieni's expertise lies in International Relations, the Geopolitics of Africa, and the interaction between organized crime and terrorism (crime-terror nexus). Pollichieni is currently conducting research on the exploitation of geographical spaces by violent non-state actors in West Africa and on the impact of climate change and demographic shifts on contemporary conflicts in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.
Pollichieni has investigated the link between drug trafficking and armed violence in the Sahel. He has experience analyzing organized crime in Italy and West Africa. His research is aimed at policymakers, businesses, and scholars.
He 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 Geopolitics and Security expert by British, Italian, and Belgian media outlets.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Luciano Pollichieni and Andrew Mumford
Terrorism, Slavery and the Evolution of the ‘Crime–Terror Nexus’
The RUSI Journal
A case of violent corruption: JNIM’s insurgency in Mali (2017–2019)
Small Wars & Insurgencies
Essays and Invited Commentary
Rétablir le cycle : précédents historiques et avenir potentiel des négociations de paix au Mali
Bulletin du Centre FrancoPaix en résolution des conflits et missions de paix | Vol. 7 no 4
A matter of context: power, conflict and climate change. A conversation with Tor Benjaminsen
A crowded place with few solutions: old and new players in the geopolitics of the Sahel
ACCORD (African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes)
Is France at Risk of "Losing" the Sahel?
ISPI (The Italian Institute for International Political Studies)
Invited Speaking Events
Briefing to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
May 5, 2022
EUCTER-Jean Monnet Network on EU Counter-Terrorism.
October 15, 2021
Perché l’Italia può riorientare la politica estera verso l’Africa, (عربي)
9 May 2022
Nouvelle Voie: Come Cambia la presenza francese in Africa dopo la chiusura delle basi militari nel Sahel
Linkiesta, June 2021
Il Caso di Marco Zennaro, l’imprenditore veneto rapito in Sudan,
Rolling Stone, 6 June 2021
#ScholarSpotlight with Luciano Pollichieni
Next Generation Global Policy March 2021
Jihadisme in de Sahel is geen religieuze monoliet
Mondiaal Nieuws February 2021
Street Talk Ep.3 – Luciano Pollichieni: The COVID-19 Unrest in Italy.
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
The Brussels bombings: fear in the hearth of Europe
TV2000 March 2016
RAI 1 February 2016