Giovanni Faleg

Associate Research Fellow

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Giovanni Faleg is an Associate Researcher at CEPS in the Europe in the World Unit (2011-present), focusing on security and defence cooperation in Europe, and a Consultant at the World Bank (2014-present) in advisory services and learning. He lives in Washington, DC.

He has extensive experience in academic, policy-oriented research, and consultancy with governments, international organisations and firms. His areas of expertise include international and European security (CSDP-NATO), defence policies in Europe, development cooperation, institutional learning and the study/management of communities of practice to achieve policy change and institutional reform (EU, World Bank). In 2015, he has been co-rapporteur of the CEPS Task Force on European Defence, chaired by Javier Solana.

He has published widely on European integration, EU foreign policy, transatlantic relations and conflict transformation processes in the Mediterranean and Africa. He is a regular contributor to E!Sharp, The American Interest, AffarInternazionali and an editor of the "Europe's Strategic Neighborhood" section of the US-Italy Global Affairs Forum.

Giovanni holds a Ph.D. in European Studies from the London School of Economics (2014). His thesis analysed the role of communities of practice in the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy. He also holds an M.A. from the University of Strasbourg and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Areas of Expertise: 

EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), NATO, multilateral crisis management, conflict prevention and post-conflict peace-building. On a theoretical level, his research interests include institutional learning theories, networked governance and the role of epistemic communities and communities of practice in shaping norm diffusion

Selected publications

  • (2015) More Union in European Defence, co-authored with Steven Blockmans, Final Report of a CEPS Task Force chaired by Javier Solana, Centre for European Policy Studies
  • (2014) Reducing Political Risk in EU Pooling and Sharing, European Liberal Forum
  • (2013) “Epistemic communities and the emergence of security sector reform in the EU security architecture”, in Dursun-Ozkanca, O. (ed), The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform: Current Practices and Challenges of Implementation, Routledge
  • (2012) Europe and the Middle East: the hour of the EU?, co-edited with Birte Wassenberg, Euroclio Studies and Documents, Peter Lang
  • (2010) L’OTAN et l’Europe: quels liens pour la sécurité et la défense européenne?, co-edited with Birte Wassenberg and Martin W. Mlodecki, Euroclio Studies and Documents, Peter Lang