My name is Eugenio Lilli and I am currently Lecturer and Coordinator of the Masters Program in American Politics and Foreign Policy, at University College Dublin.
Previously, I lectured at King’s College London, UK, (2015-16), at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, part of the UK Defence Academy (2011-13), and at John Cabot University in Rome (2016). I was also Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at City University London (2015-16).
My primary area of expertise is US foreign policy, in particular US foreign policy toward the region of the Greater Middle East. My work also focuses on a number of international issues such as terrorism and democracy promotion.
In 2017 I co-founded The Trump Project, a network of researchers studying US domestic and foreign policies. From 2014 to 2016 I was the founding chairperson of King’s College London’s US Foreign Policy Research Group. Moreover, I contribute to media outlets such as Al-Jazeera, The Telegraph, The Conversation, and The Wire. I also peer review book proposals on US foreign policy and international affairs for Routledge and SAGE.
September 2010 – July 2015. PhD. Thesis title: “Setting a New Beginning in US-Muslim Relations: President Obama and the Arab Awakening”. War Studies Department, King’s College London.
September 2006 – February 2009. Laurea Specialistica (MA) “Economics and Politics of the European Integration”. International and Diplomatic Studies Department,University of Bologna and University of California.
September 2003 – July 2006. Laurea Triennale (BA) “Institutions, Economics and Politics of the European Union”. International and Diplomatic Studies Department, University of Bologna, Forlì Campus.
Academic Honors and Awards
- Nomination for the Teaching Excellence Awards, King’s College London, academic year 2015-16.
- Grant award, King’s College London Defence Studies Department, to finance presentation to conferences, 2015.
- Grant award, King’s College London Defence Studies Department, to finance presentation to conferences, 2013.
- Grants award, KCL Defence Studies Department and KCL Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, to finance fieldwork abroad, 2013.
- Scholarship award, King’s College London War Studies Research Studentship, 2011-12 and 2012-13.
- Graduated Magna cum Laude, University of Bologna, 2009.
- Scholarship award, University of Bologna, for a period of research abroad to complete a Master’s thesis, November 2008.
- Scholarship award, University of Bologna, to spend a year at the University of California, San Diego, USA, 2007-08.
- Graduated Magna cum Laude, University of Bologna, 2006.
Book: “New Beginning in US-Muslim Relations: President Obama and the Arab Awakening”, Palgrave-Macmillan (2016).
Article: “The Arab Awakening and US Counterterrorism in the Greater Middle East: A Missed Opportunity”, Journal of Terrorism Research, Vol.6, Issue 2, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St Andrews University, May 2015.
Book Chapter: “Foreign Actors: A Double-Edged Sword Over Contentious Politics In The Middle East”, in “Contentious Politics in the Middle East”, edited by Fawaz A. Gerges, Palgrave-Macmilllan, 2015.
Book Chapter: “ON INTERVENTION: NATO After Libya – Current and future Challenges”, in “Global Challenges to the Transatlantic World”, edited by C. Crespo, Dd. Wallace, D. Silander, I. Albella, Alcalá de Henares: Instituto Franklin-UAH, 2015.
Book Review: The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East by Marc Lynch, Global Policy Journal, December 28, 2013.
Book Review: “Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy by Martin S. Indyk et al”, Global Policy Journal, May 30, 2012.
Article: “The Illusion of US Isolationism”, Cornell International Affairs Review, Vol. V, Issue I, Fall 2011.
Opinion Piece: “The Peril of Hasty Triumphalism and Osama bin Laden’s Death”, Journal of Terrorism Research, Vol.2, Issue 1, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St Andrews University, May 2011.
Opinion Piece: “Revolts in the Arab World: Is It Bad News for Islamic Terrorists?”, Journal of Terrorism Research, Vol.2, Issue 1, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St Andrews University, April 2011.
Article: “Obama’s Global War On Terror”, World Defence Systems, KCL Centre for Defence Studies, Atalink, London, Vol.2, 2010.
Co-founder of the Trump Project.
Founding chairperson of the King’s College London US Foreign Policy Research Group (KCL USFP).
Member of British International Studies Association (BISA) and BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group and BISA Foreign Policy Working Group.
Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Department of International Politics, City University London, 2015-16.
Senior Editor at Strife, a graduate publication based out of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, 2014-15.
TV Interview, Inside Story, “Who’s France at War With?”, Al-Jazeera, November 16, 2015.
Newspaper Article: “Why has Islamic State Started Demanding Ransoms in Hostage Videos?”, The Telegraph, January 20, 2015.
TV Interview, Inside Story, “What’s Driving ISIL’s Recruitment?”, Al-Jazeera, November 17, 2014.
Newspaper Article: “How Would a Deal between Al-Qaeda and Isil Change Syria’s Civil War?”, The Telegraph, November 14, 2014.
TV Appearances (five) on a prime time TV show about Italian politics, Announo, La Sette TV, May 2014.
TV Interview on the role of British troops in Afghanistan, A Simple Question, PressTV, February 7, 2012.
British International Studies Organizations (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group “12th Annual Conference”, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, September 21-22, 2017.
British International Studies Organization (BISA) Foreign Policy Working Group Second Annual Conference, “Analyzing Foreign Policy in a Complex World”, London School of Economics, London, UK, September 4-5, 2017.
University College Dublin, “Trump’s America Conference”, UCD, Dublin, Ireland, May 5-6 2017.
Chatham House, workshop, “Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone: A Scenario-Building Exercise”, London, UK, May 26, 2016.
British International Studies Organization (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group Annual Conference, City University, London, UK, September 14-15, 2015.
Joint symposium between KCL/Sciences Po/Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, “The Reconfiguration of American Primacy in World Politics”, KCL, London, UK, September 7, 2015.
Organizer and chair of the KCL USFP international conference, “A World in Flux? Analysis and Prospects for the U.S. in Global Security”, London, UK, March 4, 2015.
Organizer and chair of the KCL USFP Research Group event, “Syria, Ukraine, and US Foreign Policy: A Perspective from the US State Department”, speaker Mrs. Elizabeth Dibble, April 17, 2014.
Organizer and chair of the KCL USFP Research Group event, “Doubts and Dilemmas: US Responses to Arab Political Change”, speaker Mr. Thomas Carothers, January 28, 2014.
Instituto Franklin 7th Transatlantic Studies Conference, “Global Challenges to the Transatlantic World”, Madrid, Spain, October 24-26, 2013.
London School of Economics Middle East Centre Conference, “Contentious Politics of the Middle East”, London, UK, September 30, 2013.
King’s College London Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy annual research conference, London, UK, June 14, 2013.
King’s College London Cumberland Lodge Postgraduate Conference, UK, October 5-7, 2011.
Co-organizer and chair of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Research Student Workshop, “The European Union: Finding its Role in a Changing World”, London, UK, September 30, 2011.
Lecturer and Coordinator of the Masters Program in American Politics and Foreign Policy, University College Dublin, Clinton Institute, January 2017 -.
Lecturer at John Cabot University, American University Rome, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, BA module on World Politics, August-December 2016.
Visiting Lecture at the University of Bologna, Forlì, Italy. “Obama, post-Obama ed il Medio Oriente. Quale Futuro?” (Obama, post-Obama, and the Middle East. The road ahead), November 25, 2016.
Module Convenor for King’s College London, European and International Studies Department, BA second-year module on International Relations, September 2015 –August 2016.
Visiting Lecture at the University of Bologna, Forlì, Italy. “Obama e la politica estera americana in Medio Oriente: continuità o cambiamento?” (Continuity and change in President Obama’s foreign policy toward the Middle East), October 21, 2014.
Teaching Fellow for King’s College London, War Studies Department, e-learning course “Causes of War”, March-May 2014; April-May 2015.
Visiting Lecture at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK. “Hard Power or Soft Power? – Models of multinational interventions”, April 2, 2014.
Teaching Fellow for King’s College London, Defence Studies Department, at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, 2011-12; 2012-13.
Visiting Lecture at University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. “The History of the European Union”, September 25, 2009.
Teaching Fellow for Punto Europa Forlì, part of the EuropeDirect Network, Forlì, Italy, 2006-07. It included teaching and administrative tasks.
September 2014 – February 2015. Foreign Policy Advisor to Italian MP, Senator Stefano Lucidi, member of the Italian Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. Among other things, I have contributed to the production of bills discussed by the Italian Parliament, including one on the recognition of the state of Palestine and one on the status of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as an international terrorist organization.
September 2009 – December 2009. Program MAE-CRUI (Italian Foreign Office and Conference of the Italian University Chancellors) award for an internship at the Italian Institute of Culture in Sydney. It included many different tasks ranging from running the Institute’s library service to organizing events, funding search and application, website management, and front desk-activities.
March 2007 – June 2007. Internship at Punto Europa Forlì, part of the EuropeDirect Network. It included teaching, front-desk activities, funding application, and website management.