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Francesco Marone

Associate Fellow, Current and Emerging Threats


Dr. Francesco Marone is an Associate Fellow for the Current and Emerging Threats programme.

He is an Adjunct Professor of International Politics at the University of Aosta Valley, Italy, a Fellow of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, US, and an Associate Research Fellow of ISPI - Italian Institute for International Political Studies, Italy.

His current research interests include terrorism, counter-terrorism, violent extremism, and security threats.

Dr. Marone has appeared in various media outlets (The Washington Post, Le Figaro, El País, Die Welt, Haaretz, etc.). His research has been featured or cited in several news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS, BBC World, Le Figaro, Le Parisien, Asharq al-Awsat English, El País, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, and La Stampa.


Dilemmas of the Terrorist Underworld: The Management of Internal Secrecy in Terrorist Organisations, in «Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression», online first, 2021.

 Hate in the time of coronavirus: exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on violent extremism and terrorism in the West, in «Security Journal», online first, 2021. 

A Farewell to Firearms? The Logic of Weapon Selection in Transnational Terrorism: The Case of Jihadist Attacks in Europe, in «Global Change, Peace & Security», Vol. 33, No. 33, 2021, pp. 221-240.

(with M. Olimpio) “We Will Conquer Your Rome”: Italy and the Vatican in the Islamic State’s Propaganda, in «Studies in Conflict and Terrorism», online first, 2020 (ed.) Digital Jihad: Online Communication and Violent Extremism, Report, ISPI, 2019 (with L. Vidino) Destination Jihad: Italy’s Foreign Fighters, Report, ICCT, 2018.

(with L. Vidino and E. Entenmann) “Fear Thy Neighbor”: Radicalization and Jihadists Attacks in the West. Forewords by B. Hoffman and M. Ranstorp, Report, ISPI – PoE-GWU – ICCT, 2017.

“The Italian Way of Counterterrorism: From a Consolidated Experience to an Integrated Approach,” in Scott N. Romaniuk et al. (eds), Palgrave Handbook of Counterterrorism Studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 479-494.

Ties that Bind: Dynamics of Group Radicalisation in Italy’s Jihadists Headed for Syria and Iraq, in «The International Spectator», Vol. 51, No. 3, 2017, pp. 48-63 Italy’s Jihadists in the Syrian Civil War, Research Paper, Report, ICCT, 2017.

The Rise of Insurrectionary Anarchist Terrorism in Italy, in «Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict», Vol. 8, No. 3, 2015, pp. 194-215.

A Profile of the Informal Anarchist Federation in Italy, in «CTC Sentinel», Vol. 7, Issue 3, 2014, pp. 21-25 “Self-Sacrifice and Martyrdom in Terrorism: Political and Religious Motives,” in R. W. Hefner et al. (eds), Religions in Movement: The Local and the Global in Contemporary Faith Traditions, London - New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 132-147