Dr. Andrea Plebani is Research Fellow at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) and Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). He lectures at the Master in Middle Eastern Studies (MiMES), the Master in International Relations (MIR) and Master in International Human Resource Management (IHRM).
He is also a member of the Commission convened by the Italian Government to assess the threat stemming from radicalization and jihadist extremism in Italy.
In 2015 Dr. Plebani led the research group on Islamic Fundamentalism and Violence in the framework of a Cariplo-Supported project launched by the Oasis Foundation, while in 2013 he prepared for the European Parliament - Directorate General for External Policies - an assessment on the conditions of a group of refugees based in Iraq.
From 2005 to 2010 he was a Research Fellow and Program Manager at the Landau Network-Centro Volta (LNCV) where he participated in the project Italy – Iraq Bilateral Program of Human-Capacity Building and Scientific-Academic Cooperation with the Iraqi university system.
From 2010 to 2012 he was Program Manager of the EC-supported program Redirection of former Iraqi WMD scientists through capacity building for decommissioning of nuclear facilities, including site and radioactive waste management managed by the Insubria Center on International Security (ICIS).
His research focuses mainly on Iraqi history and the evolution of the jihadi galaxy. He is the author of Jihadismo Globale. Strategie del terrore tra Oriente e Occidente (2016) and co-author with Riccardo Redaelli of L’Iraq contemporaneo (2013). He is also the editor of several books, among them: After Mosul: Re-Inventing Iraq (2017); Jihad e terrorismo. Da al-Qa‘ida a ISIS. Storia di un nemico che cambia (2016); New (and old) patterns of jihadism: al-Qa‘ida, the Islamic State and beyond (2014). He co-edited with Martino Diez La galassia fondamentalista tra jihad armato e partecipazione politica (2015) and with Omar Al-Ubaydli, GCC relations with post-war Iraq: a strategic perspective (2014).