Redaelli Riccardo

Prof. Redaelli is the Director of the Center for Research on the Southern System and Wider Mediterranean (CRiSSMA) of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano (Italy), where he teaches "Geopolitics", "History of Asia", "Post Conflict and Emergency Management" and "Strategic Studies".

He is also Director of the Master in Middle Eastern Studies (MIMES) at the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Prof. Redaelli teaches "Post Conflict Institution building and international security" at the Master in International Cooperation and Development (MIC&D).

Prof. Redaelli is also:

· columnist (Foreign Policy issues) of the Italian Newspaper Avvenire;

· scientific coordinator of the International Center of Geopolitics (Ce.St.In.Geo), Valenza;

· member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Center for the Peace in Middle East (CIPMO, Milano);

· member of the Steering Committee of the Scientific Association Asia Maior;

· member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Storia Urbana (Urban History);

· senior analyst of Wikistrat.

Previous experiences

- Director of the Middle East Program of the Center Landau Network - Centro Volta (Como), (2004 - 2010) and Associate Senior Fellow at the same institute (2010 - 2012). In that position he participated at several track-2 programs with Iran, Iraq, North and South Korea as well as India/Pakistan sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several American and Canadian Foundations and organized more than 10 International Workshops. In particular, he coordinated:

· 2005 - 2010, Italy - Iraq Bilateral Program of Human-Capacity Building and Scientific-Academic Cooperation with the Iraqi university system, sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and carried out in coordination with the Iraqi Nazional Academy of Science, whose President is Dr. Husayn al-Shahristani (currently the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Iraq).

· 2005 - 2012, a program of reconciliation amongst the Iraqi ethno-religious communities and of analysis of the political, security and economic scenarios of that country sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

- Research-Fellow at the Military Center for Strategic Studies (CeMiSS) of the Italian Ministry of Defence, where he coordinated several of its international research-groups on Middle East, Iran, Radical Islamism and non-proliferation issues.

- 2009 - 2013 - 2014, Member of the NATO TOLA group in Afghanistan, visiting ISAF.

- 2005 - 2006, Visiting Professor at The St. Joseph's University of Beirut.

Prof. Redaelli got a Ph.D. in "History and Institutions of Modern and Contemporary History of Asia" from the University of Cagliari and, since 1990, he carried out extensive field-works in Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Xinjiang, Iraq and the Gulf .


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Institution Building and International Security in the Post-Bipolar World
The course introduces the concept of human security vis-à-vis the transformation of the global security scenarios following the end of the cold war period. Moving from a geopolitical approach it offers a multidisciplinary analysis of the most relevant security crises affecting the International Community in the Middle East and Asia and how they influenced the concept of war itself.
The course in particular focuses on the following topics:
- Analysis of international security as a complex issue, and its massive changes, passing from the cold-war period to the present one.
- The illusion of a New World Order and the great ‘geopolitical disorder’ of the ‘90s as well as of the current decade.
- The concept of Human Security.
- R2P and Peacebuilding.
- Hybrid Peace Operation and the concept of Institution Building.
- Relevant Case studies.



Introduction to the Middle Eastern Studies
This introduction focuses on the complexity of the term “Middle East”. It explores the power-knowledge nexus, by analyzing the link between geographic representations of the Middle East and the active writing of imperial entities. Then, it examines how the concept of “Middle East” has been adapted after historical power changes, and represents a powerful cognitive marker for the “colonial/post-colonial” discourse.

Geopolitics of the Wider Middle East
The course deals with the current geopolitical and geostrategic scenarios in the Wider Middle East. Moving from a theoretical geopolitical perspective it offers a multidisciplinary analysis of the root causes of most relevant conflicts and polarizing/sectarian trends affecting the region. Reaching a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary Middle Eastern arch of crisis and the regional power-competition mechanisms is fundamental in order to correctly evaluate postures and decisions by local and international geopolitical Actors. From the methodological point of view, the course is based on collaboration competition among class working groups and peer-to-peer evaluation mechanisms.


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