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Fabrizio Tassinari

Senior Researcher and Head of Unit for Foreign Policy, Danish Institute for International Studies

Fabrizio Tassinari is a foreign policy scholar, adviser, and political writer. He currently serves as Senior Researcher and Head of Unit for Foreign Policy Studies at the Danish Institute for International Studies. He is also an awardee of Germany's Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and Visiting Professor at the Department of Social Science at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Tassinari's research centers on questions of democracy, governance and security, in and around Europe. He is author of the book Why Europe Fears its Neighbors (Praeger), which also appeared in an updated Turkish-language edition for the mass market. He is currently working on Europe's North-South divide in the wake of the Euro-crisis and on the lessons of the Nordic socio-economic experience for Western democracy.

Tassinari's research features regularly in mainstream international media, such as The Economist, the Financial Times, CNN, the Huffington Post (U.S. edition) the Christian Science Monitor, Le Figaro and Die Welt. Other articles have appeared in specialized journals, including the European Foreign Affairs Review and Cooperation and Conflict. Tassinari has advised several Western governments and international organizations; His policy brief on Black Sea cooperation provided the blueprint, and the official name, of a European Union policy. He is a frequent speaker at events around Europe and North America, including Stanford University, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, the University of Cambridge, and the German Foreign Office.

Before joining DIIS in February 2009, he served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and as an Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (2005-2008). Before that, he worked as a researcher in an EU Commission's network managed by Humboldt University, Berlin and earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen (2001-2004).

Among his advisory positions, he serves as a non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, DC and non-resident Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin.


  • –present
    Senior Researcher and Head of the foreign policy unit at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Danish Institute for International Studies


  • 2004 
    University of Copenhagen, PhD in Political Science