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Alessandro Orsini

Alessandro Orsini
Associate Professor


Alessandro Orsini is the Director of the Observatory on International Security at Luiss University of Rome where he teaches Sociology of terrorism in the Department of Political Science; Research Affiliate at the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was Visiting Scholar at both the Department of Political Science and the Center for International Studies; Former Member of the Committee for the Study of Jihadism, set up by the Italian Government (2016-2017); Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Studies in Conflict and Terrorism;” Former Member Participant of the Radicalization Awareness Network which was set up by the European Commission as an EU-wide umbrella network of practitioners and local actors involved in countering violent radicalization (2012-2014); Former Director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (2013-2016). His book Anatomy of the Red Brigades (Cornell University Press, 2011) was a 2011 “Foreign Affairs” Best Book of the Year. He is also the author of Sacrifice. My Life in a Fascist Militia (Cornell University Press, 2017). An expert in making direct contact with violent extremists, Orsini gave lectures at Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Boston College, Brookings Institution, Trinity College, European University Institute in Florence, among others. He regularly appears on Rai Uno (Italian State Television) and is a columnist for the Italian Newspaper "il Messaggero."

Main Articles:

  • "Radicalization Leading To Terrorism. What Everybody Should Know," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, (forthcoming). 
  • “Are Terrorists Courageous? Micro-Sociology of Extreme Left Terrorism,” in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 3/2015, pp.179-198. 
  • “A Day Among The Diehard Terrorists. The Psychological Costs of Doing Ethnographic Research,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 4 (2013) pp. 337-351.
  • “Interview With a Terrorist by Vocation. A Day Among the Diehard Terrorists Part II,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 8 (2013) pp. 672-684. 
  • “Poverty, Ideology and Terrorism: the STAM Bond,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 10 (2012), pp. 665-692.
  • “L’attentat de Paris et le renseignement,” Commentaire, Janvier-Mars, 2015.
  • Idéologie et terrorisme: le Lien STAM, in “Commentaire”, Janvier-Mars, 2016.
  • La radicalisation des terroristes de vocation, in “Commentaire”, Hiver, 2016-2017.

Main publications (last 10 years)

  • ORSINI, ALESSANDRO (2020). What Everybody Should Know About Radicalization And The DRIA model. STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM, p. 1-33. ISSN 1057-610X.
  • Orsini, A. (2020). Comte, Mill e la nascita del metodo storico-sociologico. NUOVA STORIA CONTEMPORANEA, p. 235-252. ISSN 1126-098X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2019). Viva gli immigrati!: gestire la politica migratoria per tornare protagonisti in Europa. Rizzoli, p. 1-223. ISBN: 9788817108942.
  • Orsini, A. (2019). Sociologia della radicalizzazione. RIVISTA DI POLITICA, p. 115-134. ISSN 2037-495X.
  • Orsini, A. (2019). Sociologia e storia: le ragioni epistemologiche di un conflitto. NUOVA STORIA CONTEMPORANEA, p. 103-127. ISSN 1126-098X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2019). Gli attentati dell'ISIS in Europa occidentale: un'interpretazione sociologica. DEMOCRAZIA E SICUREZZA, p. 101-133. ISSN 2239-804X.
  • Orsini, A. (2018). L'Isis non è morto: ha solo cambiato pelle. Rizzoli, p. 1-236. ISBN: 978-88-17-09969-1.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2018). Los atentados del ISIS en Europa. CUADERNOS DE PENSAMIENTO POLÍTICO, p. 39-44. ISSN 1696-8441.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2017). Sacrifice: my Life in a Fascist Militia. Cornell University Press, p. 1-216. ISBN: 9781501709838.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2017). L’Isis in Europa. Un’analisi comparata delle stragi jihadiste. RIVISTA DI POLITICA, p. 157-175. ISSN 2037-495X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2017). Il processo di radicalizzazione dei terroristi di vocazione. RIVISTA DI POLITICA, p. 163-173. ISSN 2037-495X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2016). Ideologie et terrorisme. COMMENTAIRE, p. 65-73. ISSN 0180-8214.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2016). La radicalisation des terroristes de vocation. COMMENTAIRE, p. 783-790. ISSN 0180-8214.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2016). ISIS: i terroristi più fortunati del mondo e tutto ciò che è stato fatto per favorirli. Rizzoli, p. 1-261. ISBN: 978-88-19-08760-5.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2015). Boko Haram y Las Raìces del Yihadismo en Nigeria. CUADERNOS DE PENSAMIENTO POLÍTICO, p. 175-188. ISSN 1696-8441.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2015). El futuro de Oriente Medio y los acuerdos con Iran. CUADERNOS DE PENSAMIENTO POLÍTICO, p. 109-120. ISSN 1696-8441.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2015). Charlie Hebdo: el atentado yihadista de París. CUADERNOS DE PENSAMIENTO POLÍTICO, p. 1-13. ISSN 1696-8441.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2015). Are Terrorists Courageous? Micro-Sociology of Extreme Left Terrorism. STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM, p. 179-198. ISSN 1057-610X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2015). L’attentat de Paris et le renseignement. COMMENTAIRE, p. 70-74. ISSN 0180-8214.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2015). El ISIS e la Educatión Yihadista. CUADERNOS DE PENSAMIENTO POLÍTICO, p. 81-92. ISSN 1696-8441.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2014). Las Brigadas Rojas y El Poder De Las Ideologìas Asesinas. CUADERNOS DE PENSAMIENTO POLÍTICO, p. 69-82. ISSN 1696-8441.
  • Orsini, Alessandro edited by (2014). Randall Collins, Violenza: un'analisi sociologica. Rubbettino, p. 1-640. ISBN: 9788849840179.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2013). Interview with a terrorist by vocation: a day among the Diehard terrorists, Part 2.. STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM, p. 672-684. ISSN 1057-610X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2013). A Day among the Diehard terrorists: the psychological costs of doing ethnographic research. STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM, p. 337-351. ISSN 1057-610X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro edited by (2013). Le due rivoluzioni francesi. Rubbettino, p. 1-224. ISBN: 9788849832471.
  • Maffettone, Sebastiano; Orsini, Alessandro edited by (2012). Studi in onore di Luciano Pellicani. Rubbettino, p. 1-425. ISBN: 9788849832693.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2012). Poverty, ideology and terrorism: the STAM Bond. STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM, p. 665-692. ISSN 1057-610X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2012). Gramsci e Makarenko come guide spirituali. NUOVA STORIA CONTEMPORANEA, p. 85-96. ISSN 1126-098X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2012). Gramsci e Turati: le due sinistre. Rubbettino, p. 1-174. ISBN: 9788849832143.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2011). Filippo Turati e la cultura politica dei riformisti: un'analisi comparata (1898-1921). NUOVA STORIA CONTEMPORANEA, p. 135-162. ISSN 1126-098X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2011). Il terrorismo italiano visto dagli Stati Uniti. RIVISTA DI POLITICA, p. 171-184. ISSN 2037-495X.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2011). Anatomy of the red brigades: the religious mind-set of modern terrorists. Cornell University Press, p. 1-317. ISBN: 9780801449864.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2010). Il Rivoluzionario-benestante. Strategie cognitive per sentirsi migliori degli altri. Rubbettino, p. 1-81. ISBN: 978-88-498-2701-9.
  • Orsini, Alessandro (2010). Anatomia delle Brigate rosse: le radici ideologiche del terrorismo rivoluzionario. Rubbettino, p. 1-480. ISBN: 9788849828535.