Curriculum Vitae

Niccolò Petrelli

Roma Tre University, Department of Political Science

Via Chiabrera 199

00145 Roma, Italy

nicpetrelli@gmail.com

 

Academic and Professional Position

2016-present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Roma Tre.

Research and Teaching Experience

2017 Principal Investigator – Military Center for Strategic Studies, Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Joint Chief of Staff Italian Armed Forces 

2015-2016: Teaching Fellow, School of History, University of Leeds

 2013-2015: Post-Doctoral Fellow – Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Research Project: ‘Counterinsurgency: A Conceptual Reassessment’

2011-2012: Visiting Scholar – International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya.

2007-2009: Research/Teaching Fellow – Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre.

2004-2006: Research Fellow – Military Center for Strategic Studies, Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Joint Chief of Staff.

 

Education

PhD: Political Science, Department of International Studies Università degli Studi “Roma Tre”, Roma, Italy, 2010-2013

Dissertation Title: ‘Strategic Culture, Adaptation and War: Israeli Counter-insurgency and Struggle against Hamas’

Supervisor: Prof. Leopoldo Nuti – Full professor of History of International Relations, University of Roma Tre

Committee: Dima Adamsky, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlyia; Beatrice Heuser, Full Professor, University of Reading; Vittorio Emanuele Parsi, Full Professor, Universita’ del Sacro Cuore, Milano.

Master of Arts: International Relations, Università degli Studi “Roma Tre”, Roma, 2002-2003

Dissertation title: ‘October 1973: the Yom Kippur War’, Supervisor: Prof. Leopoldo Nuti, Summa cum Laude.

Bachelor of Arts: Political Sciences, Università degli Studi “Roma Tre”, Roma, 1999-2001.

 

Additional Training

Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), organized by the Arnold Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, Ithaca, NY, July 4-19, 2015.

 Nuclear Proliferation International History Project Boot Camp, organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Allumiere, Italy, June 26-July, 6, 2013.

Postgraduate Course ‘Diplomacy and International Relations’, Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), September 2006-July 2007.

 

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications:

(With Giordana Pulcini) ‘Nuclear Superiority in the Age of Parity: US Planning, Intelligence Analysis, Weapons Innovation and the Search for a Qualitative Edge 1969-1976’, the International History Review, 40/5 (2018), 1191-1209.

 Israel, Strategic Culture and the Conflict with Hamas: Adaptation and Military Effectiveness, 1987-2014 (London/New York: Routledge, 2017)

ISBN: 978-1-138-74996-2 (hbk)

A Comparative Analysis of Combat in Urban Areas at the Tactical-Operational Level (1994-2017): Implications for Training and Doctrine (Rome: Military Center for Strategic Studies, 2017) (Italian)

 “Deterring Insurgents: Culture, Adaptation and the Evolution of Israeli Counterinsurgency”, Journal of Strategic Studies, 36/5 (2013).

“The Missing Dimension: IDF Special Operations Forces and Strategy in the Second Lebanon War”, Small Wars & Insurgencies, 23/1 (2012).

 

Works in Progress

‘Network-Enabled Jointness, Fusion and the Effectiveness of Intelligence Systems’, article in progress.

‘The Calculus of Power: Organization, Process and Analytical Techniques in US Cold War Net Assessment, 1952-1980’ Book Project.

‘On not Confusing Ourselves Again: RAND’s Systems Analysis and the Transformations of Strategic Thinking in the Nuclear Age’, article in Progress.

‘Net Assessment: Clearing the Underbrush’, article in progress.

 

 

Presentations

Invited Presentations

 “’Netting’ the Balance: Organization, Analysis and US Nuclear Strategy, 1966-1976”, Jerusalem Workshop for Nuclear Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, July, 2-3, 2018.

“Nuclear Weapons, Strategic Thinking and the Italian Elites”, Italy and Nuclear Power Convention, Istituto Luigi Sturzo, Rome, Italy, April 12, 2018.

“Towards a Paradigm Shift in Military-Operational Thinking? From Conventional to Unconventional Warfare”, AEGES (Association pour Les Études sur la Guerre et la Stratégie) Annual Colloquium, Paris, December 14-15, 2016.

‘Technology, Counter-Terrorism and Third-Party Interventions in Civil Wars: Lessons from 14 Years of War’, Paper presented at the seminar ‘La Diplomatie et L’Outile Militaire’ CERI, Science Po, Paris, January, 20, 2016.

‘US Military Strategy in the Cold War: The Evolution of Systems Analysis, 1959-1970’ Paper presented at the London School of Economics Annual Conference on Cold War History, Rome, September 17-19, 2015.

“Making Strategy in the Nuclear Age: The Craft and Transformation of Systems Analysis, 1946-1959”, paper presented at the Nuclear Studies Research Initiative (NSRI) annual workshop, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Security Studies Program, April 30-May 3, 2015.

“The Evolution of Israeli Counterinsurgency, 1950-2005”, Second Annual Conference on ‘Terrorism, Insurgency and Asymmetric Conflict’, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy, March 26-27, 2012.

 Conferences and House Presentations

 “Net Assessment, Competitive Analysis and US National Strategy, 1969-1979”, Intelligence Studies Section, ISA 2018, San Francisco 4-7 April, 2018.

“Reverse-engineering Strategy? Albert Wohlstetter, RAND’s Systems Analysis and the Transformation of Strategic Thought in the Nuclear Age, 1946-1959”, Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), University of San Diego, June, 25, 2016.

“Classic Counterinsurgency: A Conceptual Analysis”, CISAC Social Science Seminar, Stanford University, March, 12, 2015.

“Counterinsurgency: A Conceptual Reassessment”, CISAC Social Science Seminar, Stanford University, October 31, 2013.

“Battlefield Lessons and Doctrinal Innovations: The French Army and the Doctrine de Guerre Révolutionnaire”, Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association, University of Perugia, September 11-13, 2014.

“Counterinsurgency: An Operational Reassessment”, Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association, University of Florence, September 14-15, 2013.

“Strategic Culture and Theories of Victory: Israel and Apartheid South Africa in Comparative Perspective”, Sapienza University of Rome, July, 1, 2013.

“Deterrence and Coercion in Counterterrorism: Israel’s Targeted Killings against Hamas”, University of Trento, March, 23, 2013.

“Hearts and Minds or Coercion? Civilians in Modern Counter-Insurgency Operations”, Seminar ‘Human Rights and Armed Conflicts’, University of Roma Tre, October-December 2012.

“Adaptation in War and Emulation of Military Practices: The US Army, the Israel Defense Forces Counterinsurgency Experience and the Rise of the Iraqi Insurgency 2003-2005”, Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association, University of Roma Tre, September 13-15, 2012.

“Constructivist Approaches to Security Studies, Strategic Culture and the Israeli Approach to Counterinsurgency”, Seminar ‘International History and International Relations Theory’, University of Roma Tre, March-May, 2011.

“The Rise of the Concept of ‘Counterinsurgency’ in the US Foreign Policy, 1960-1963” Seminar ‘The Cold War and Its Impact’, University of Roma Tre, May-June 2010.

 

Book Reviews

Christopher Lawrence, America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam War in History 25/1 (January 2018), 145-146

 Rory Cormac, ‘Confronting the Colonies: British Intelligence and Counterinsurgency’, War in History, 23/2 (April 2016), 273-274.

Michael L. Gross, ‘The Ethics of Insurgency: A Critical Guide to Just Guerrilla Warfare’, H-Net https://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/reviews/71331/petrelli-gross-ethics-insurgency-critical-guide-just-guerrilla-warfare

David Kilcullen, ‘Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of Urban Guerrilla’, H-Net Reviews, http://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/discussions/33079/petrelli-kilcullen-out-mountains-coming-age-urban-guerrilla.

Benny Morris, ‘1948: a History of the First Arab-Israeli War” (London, 2008) Mondo Contemporaneo, no.2 (2008).

 

Academic Translations

Translation of Minute of the Meeting between Fanfani and Khruscev (Moscow 1962), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, February 2011.

Nir Arielli, “Fascist Italy Foreign Policy towards Palestinian Arabs, 1935-1940”, Mondo Contemporaneo, no.2 (2006).

 

Research Areas

Modern Military Theory and Strategic Thought; Civil Wars; Counterinsurgency; Strategy & Defense Planning, Strategic & Defense Analysis; Cultural approach to strategic studies.

 

Teaching Experience

 

2018

Lecturer: Power in the International System: History, Theory and Practice, (MA), Department of Political Science, Roma Tre University, March-June, 2017.

 

2017

Lecturer: Strategic Studies, (MA), Department of Political Science, Roma Tre University, October 3-December 2o, 2016

 

2017

 Lecturer: Diplomacy and the Use of Force: History, Theory and Practice, (MA), Department of Political Science, Roma Tre University, March-June, 2017.

 

2016

Lecturer: Strategic Studies, (MA), Department of Political Science, Roma Tre University, October 3-December 2o, 2016.

Lecturer: The US Secret Wars, 1945-1991, HIST1840 (UG), School of History, University of Leeds, January 25-May 25, 2016.

Lecturer: International History and Politics Long Essay, HIST2900 (UG), School of History, University of Leeds, January 25-May 25, 2016.

 

2015

Lecturer: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, HIST2878 (UG), School of History, University of Leeds, September 20-December 10, 2015.

Lecturer: The Making of US Military Strategy from Truman to Nixon, HIST2800 (UG), School of History, University of Leeds, September 20-December 10, 2015.

Lecturer: Skills and Concepts in International History, HIST1817 (UG), School of History, University of Leeds, September 20-December 10, 2015.

Lecturer, Transnational War Volunteers, HIST3743 (UG), School of History, University of Leeds, September 20-December 10, 2015.

Teaching Assistant: POLSCI144S/IPS241/HIST104D ‘International Security in a Changing World’, (UG), Stanford University, January, 23-February, 8, 2015.

 

2012

Lecturer: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1967-2007 (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, Second Semester (Spring/Summer).

Lecturer: Culture and Politics of the Contemporary Islam (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, First Semester (Fall/Winter).

 

2011

Lecturer: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1967-2007 (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, Second Semester (Spring/Summer).

Lecturer: Culture and Politics of the Contemporary Islam (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, First Semester (Fall/Winter).

 

2009

Lecturer: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1967-2007 (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, Second Semester (Spring/Summer).

Lecturer: Culture and Politics of the Contemporary Islam (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, First Semester (Fall/Winter).

 

2008

Lecturer: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1967-2007 (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, Second Semester (Spring/Summer).

Lecturer: Culture and Politics of the Contemporary Islam (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, First Semester (Fall/Winter).

 

2007

Lecturer: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1967-2007 (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, Second Semester (Spring/Summer).

Lecturer: Culture and Politics of the Contemporary Islam (MA), Department of International Studies, University of Roma Tre, Second Semester (Spring/Summer).

 

Fieldwork

Israel and West Bank: May 2011; October-December 2011; January-March 2012.

 

 Professional Memberships/Affiliations

Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (CAMOS), American Political Science Association (APSA).

International Studies Association (ISA)

Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP).

SHAFR (Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations)

Italian Society for International History (SISI).

 

Language Skills

Italian (mother tongue)

English (Excellent)

French (Excellent – DELF B2)

Hebrew (Basic)