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Francesco Mancini is Assistant Dean and Visiting Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).Educated in business administration and economics in Bocconi University in Milan, Italy (his hometown) and international affairs in Columbia University, New York, his work focuses on geopolitics, global governance, international peace and security, armed conflicts and the means to prevent and solve them. He regularly lectures at academic institutions and presents at conferences and to governments on global peace and security issues.

Francesco is also a Non-resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where he was Senior Director of Research before relocating to Singapore in June 2014. As Director, he focused on conflict analysis, prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. Francesco has conducted numerous projects related to the role of the United Nations in the area of international peace and security, including on coordination, learning, and leadership in peace operations, on the challenges of partnership in peacekeeping, and on the role of the Department of Political Affairs in mediation.

He has conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone and Liberia on UN peace operations, worked on police reform in Jamaica and spent time in Cyprus working on the mediation process for the reunification of the island. He has supervised the first large-quantitative analysis of compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions in armed conflict. He has advised the Secretary-General’s UN Change Implementation Team, on UN reform. He has launched and supervised the daily policy analysis website The Global Observatory, for which he periodically contributes.

Francesco is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), a member of the Research Committee of the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Peacebuilding. Francesco also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for two years at New York University.

Prior to joining IPI, Francesco served as an Associate at the EastWest Institute in New York, where he co-managed the Worldwide Security Initiative, a program designed to enhance international cooperation in addressing new security threats, particularly transnational terrorism. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant at Group CRCI in France, Italy, and Morocco.