I am proud of my peer reviewed publications, including the two very top journals of African studies (African Affairs and Journal of Modern African Studies).

Even if it does not bring me much academic prestige, I am also proud of having written a work of fiction (actually based on a story so unbelieavable to be, unfortunately, true): Vive la Civilisation! Re Leopoldo e il suo Congo, Edizioni ETS, Pisa.


Press, op ed and blog posts

2015 ‘Côte d’Ivoire’s victor’s Justice? ICC, the Gbagbos and the Mega-Trial‘, 25 March, African Arguments. 

2015 ‘What other African elections tell us about Nigeria’s bet on biometrics’, 10 March, The Monkey Cage/Washington Post.

2011 ‘La transizione senza pace di Ouattara’, Il Manifesto, 13 August, p. 9.

2011 ‘Guazzabuglio Ivoriano’, interview by Roberto Moranduzzo, Vita Trentina, 9 January, p. 10.

2010 ‘Due presidenti per un paese? La Costa d’Avorio nel caos’, Limes (Italian review of Geopolitics), on line version, 30 December 2010,

2010 ‘La Repubblica di ‘Ado’ Ouattara’, Il Manifesto, 29 December, p. 9.

2010 ‘La caduta delle Forze nuove: L’esercito non riformato può mettere in pericolo il processo elettorale’, Il Manifesto, 31 October, p. 9.

2009 ‘La transizione infinita della Costa d’Avorio: rimandate ancora le elezioni di «uscita dalla crisi» nel paese che da sette anni vive nello stallo’, Il Manifesto, 22 November, p. 8.


Academic papers


About the crisis and peace process in Côte d’Ivoire

2014, ‘Ultranationalism, Democracy and the Law: Insights from Côte d’Ivoire’, Journal of Modern African Studies, 52(1): 45-68.

2014, ‘The Dilemmas of Consent in UN Peace Operations: the case of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire’, in Marco Wyss and Thierry Tardy (eds), Peacekeeping in Africa: the Evolving Security Architecture, London: Routledge.

2014,  ‘Discours nationaliste et fétichisation de la loi en Côte d’Ivoire entre 2002 et 2011’ in Fabio Viti (ed.), La Côte d’Ivoire, d’une crise à l’autre, Paris: L’Harmattan.

2012, ‘David against Goliath in Côte d’Ivoire? Laurent Gbagbo’s war against global governance’, African Affairs, 111 (442): 1-23.

2012, ‘La democrazia in Costa d’Avorio: una transizione incompiuta?’ in Cristiana Fiamingo (ed.), Africa che cambia. Processi evolutivi in Africa subsahariana: un’antologia di analisi e studi di caso, Unicopli, Milano, pp. 39-54.

(with John Karlsrud) 2011, ‘Withering consent but mutual dependency? UN peace operations and African assertiveness’, Conflict, Security and Development 11 (4): 447-472.

2011, ‘Né ingerenza, né indifferenza… e allora che cosa? La Francia nella crisi ivoriana’, Afriche e Orienti, 3-4: 179-194.

2011, ‘Costa d’Avorio: le elezioni presidenziali del novembre 2010 e la ripresa della guerra’, briefing article, Afriche e Orienti, 1-2: 106-113.

2009, ‘Aspettando Godot in Costa d’Avorio: il processo di pace ivoriano tra speranze e infiniti rinvii’, briefing article, Afriche e Orienti 3-4: 138-142.


About statehood, democracy and elections in Africa

2015, ‘Infrastructural state capacity for democratization? Voter registration and identification in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana compared’, Democratization, online first, DOI 10.1080/13510347.2014.983906.

2015, ‘Making democracy legible? Voter registration and the permanent electronic electoral list (LEPI) in Benin’, Development and Change, 46(2): 269–292. Earlier version downloadable here.

2014, ‘A Democratic Rentier State? Taxation, Aid Dependency and Political Representation in Benin’, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Working Paper Series.


About Sub-Saharan Africa and the European Union

(with Stephanie Minou) 2014, ‘The EU and regional integration in West  Africa:  effects  on  conflict  resolution  and Transformation’, Regioconf project working paper, University of Tübingen and University of Pretoria.

2013, ‘The European Union and the Promotion of Regional Integration: A Viable Approach to the Resolution of Regional Conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa?’, Regioconf project conference paper, University of Tübingen and University of Pretoria.

2010, ‘A Litmus Test for the European Union? The EU’s Response to the Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1996 to the 2006 Elections’, European Foreign Affairs Review 15 (1), pp. 115-136.


On colonialism in the Congo Free State

2012, ‘In missione nel cuore di tenebra’, Sapere, August, pp. 50-57.

2007, ‘Il Congo, l’Italia e Leopoldo II del Belgio (1903 – 1908) – I parte: Una “relazione pericolosa” all’epoca del colonialismo’, Memorie Scientifiche, Giuridiche, Letterarie, Serie VIII, vol. X, Fasc. 1 2007, National Academy of the Sciences, Humanities and Arts of Modena, pp. 219-259.

2007, ‘Il Congo, l’Italia e Leopoldo II del Belgio (1903 – 1908) – II parte: Nel regno del caoutchouc e della “blague” – La missione in Congo di Eduardo Baccari e le sue conseguenze’, Memorie Scientifiche, Giuridiche, Letterarie, Serie VIII, vol. X, Fasc. 1 2007, National Academy of the Sciences, Humanities and Arts of Modena, pp. 261-318.

2005, ‘Eduardo Baccari e il Congo’, Giornale di Medicina Militare (quarterly magazine of the Italian Defence Ministry), Directorate of Military Health, Rome, October-December 2005, pp. 577-586.



2014, Book review of Review of Tim Kelsall, Business, Politics and the State in Africa: challenging the orthodoxies on growth and transformation, in Governance in Africa, 1(1).

2013, “Book review of Adekeye Adebajo and Kaye Whiteman (eds), The EU and Africa. From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa”, in Strategic Review of Southern Africa, 35 (2), pp. 160-162.

2008 “Turchia: la frattura regionale di uno Stato centralizzato”, Occasional Paper  04/2008, Italian Center for Turkish Studies, June 2008.