Francesco Mancini

Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at School of International and Public Affairs


School of International and Public Affairs

Francesco Mancini is Associate Dean (Career Services and Student Life) and Visiting Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). His work focuses on global governance, United Nations, conflict analysis and resolution. He regularly lectures at academic institutions and presents at conferences and to governments on international peace and security issues. He regularly appears on television news as commentator of current international affairs.

Francesco is also a Non-resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), 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) in Sidney, Australia, an Honorary Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute (MEI), an Associate Fellow at the Peace Informatics Lab of the Leiden University, Netherlands, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Peacebuilding.

Before joining the LKY School of Public Policy, Francesco was Senior Director of Research at the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York, an independent, international think-tank devoted to the prevention and settlement of armed conflict. Francesco focused on conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. He also headed “Coping with Crisis, Conflict, and Change,” IPI’s largest program that worked to assist decision makers in the United Nations, other multilateral organizations, and their member states to strengthen their response capacity to crises and conflict. During his tenure at IPI, Francesco has also conducted work in the Middle East on mediation, and in Sierra Leone and Liberia on peace operations. He has also worked on police reform in Jamaica and spent time in Cyprus working on the peace process for the reunification of the island.

Francesco has published extensively. His latest co-edited volume is The Management of UN Peacekeeping: Coordination, Learning, and Leadership in Peace Operations (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2017). He is also the co-editor of the volume Security & Development: Searching for Critical Connections(Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010) and he conceived, designed, and edited the first and only Management Handbook for UN Field Missions in 2012. Francesco has published in peer-reviewed journals, including “Partnership – A New Horizon for Peacekeeping?,” a special issue of the journal International Peacekeeping (2011), “New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict,” in Stability Journal (2013), and “The Company We Keep: Private Contractors in Jamaica,” in Civil Wars (2006). Among his latest policy reports, Francesco has published Lost in Transition: UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen (IPI, 2016), Building Resilience in Cities Under Stress (IPI, 2016), Managing Change at the United Nations: Lessons from Recent Initiatives (IPI, 2015), Uncertain Borders: Territorial Disputes in Asia (ISPI, 2013), New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict(IPI, 2013). He wrote the concept and script of two videos: “The Asia-Pacific Century,” presented at the Jakarta International Defense Dialogue in 2013, an international conference hosted by the Government of Indonesia with an audience of 1,300, and “Local Change, Global Impact: The Middle East & the World,” produced by the firm which developed Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart, which was first presented in Abu Dhabi at a retreat of Foreign Ministers from Europe and the Middle East in 2010.

Since 2004, Francesco has been teaching a graduate-level seminar on conflict assessment at Columbia University’s SIPA program. He 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, focusing on change management in large public utility companies. Francesco earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, his hometown, and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he was awarded a fellowship within the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.

Selected Publications

  • Columns in the Global Observatory
  • “Promoting Democracy,” in UN Security Council (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, forthcoming, 2015), David Malone, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, and Sebastian Einsiedel (eds.)
  • The Management of Peacekeeping: Coordination, Learning, and Leadership in the UN Peace Operations (Boulder, Co: Lynne Rienner, forthcoming, 2015), with Julian Junk, Till Blume, and Wolfgang Seibel (eds.)
  • “New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict,” in Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (October 2013), with Marie O’Reilly
  •  Uncertain Borders: Territorial Disputes in Asia (ISPI, June 2013)
  •  New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict (New York: International Peace Institute, UNDP, and USAID, April 2013)
  • The Management Handbook for UN Field Missions (New York: International Peace Institute, 2012)
  • “Partnership – A New Horizon for Peacekeeping?”, International Peacekeeping Vol. 18, Issue 5 (Taylor & Francis, 2011), with Adam C. Smith (eds.)
  • Security & Development: Searching For Critical Connections (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2010), with Neclâ Tschirgi and Michael S. Lund (eds.)
  • “The Company We Keep: Private Contractors in Jamaica,” in Managing Insecurity: Field Experiences of Security Sector Reform (London: Taylor & Francis, 2007), Gordon Peake, Eric Scheye and Alice Hills (eds.) 
  • In Good Company? The Role of Business in Security Sector Reform (London and New York: Demos and International Peace Academy, 2005)


  • MIA, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • BS in Business Administration, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Francesco Mancini argued that China is ready to take a leading role in globalization.

Courses Taught

Read about executive education

Other experts

Manoj Mohanan

Manoj Mohanan is an applied microeconomist, focusing on health and development economics, with a background in medicine and public health. His research focuses on topics related to health and health care in developing countries including: performance-based contracts, measurement of provider quali...

Shankar Ganesan

Shankar Ganesan is The John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Business and Chair of the Marketing Department at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame. Professor Ganesan''s research interests focus on the areas of interorganizational relationships, customer relationship mana...

Looking for an expert?

Contact us and we'll find the best option for you.

Something went wrong. We're trying to fix this error.