Giulio Venneri

Giulio Venneri is Policy Officer at the Enlargement Directorate of the European Commission. He is also teaching a graduate course for the School of Government at “LUISS Guido Carli” University in Rome. In June 2010 he has been awarded a PhD (with honours) by the School of International Studies at the University of Trento. His dissertation has examined EU member-statebuilding policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As part of his PhD research, he has been visiting-scholar at the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent) and the Buffett Centre for International Comparative Studies at Northwestern University (Chicago, USA).
He has worked as expert on multilateral political cooperation and security affairs at the ‘Global Challenges Unit’ of the Italian Foreign Ministry, where he also carried out coordination activities within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the G8-2009.
Venneri has been project coordinator at the Italian Institute for Asia and the Mediterranean (ISIAMED), where he led a research team on Kazakhstan. Previously, he supervised Middle-East cooperation programs for ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome and carried out research projects at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Italian Foreign Trade Ministry, and the Military Centre for Strategic Studies at the Italian Defence Ministry (CeMiSS).
Active in civil society organizations, he has completed a five-year mandate as executive director of the European Association for International Studies (AESI). Currently he is the Italian national coordinator for the Phoenix Institute Foundation.
Venneri has published academic articles, reviews, book chapters, and policy papers in both English and Italian.

Research Interests
Peace- and state-building, rule of law and security-related issues, reconciliation policies and socio-political developments in crisis areas, humanitarian affairs, promotion of democracy and good-governance, Responsibility to Protect, reform of multilateral organizations, sovereignty in international relations, EU integration history.

Selected publications
Venneri, Giulio (ed.) Lo slancio di Astana: sfide ed opportunità del Kazakhstan a venti anni dall’indipendenza. Roma: Edizioni Alpes Italia (2010).

Venneri, Giulio “Beyond the Sovereignty Paradox: The EU ‘Hands-up’ Statebuilding of Bosnia-Herzegovina”, in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, special issue on “Statebuilding and the Internationalised Dynamics of State-formation”, Vol. 4 N. 2 (2010): pp. 147-171.

Venneri, Giulio “From Democratic to Responsible Sovereignty?” review of Jo-Anne Pemberton’s Sovereignty: Interpretations in The Review of Politics, Vol. 72 N. 2 (2010): pp. 341-43.

Venneri, Giulio “Conquered vs. Octroyée Ownership: Police Reform, Conditionality and the EU’s Member-Statebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, special issue with the proceedings of the conference “The Future of Statebuilding: Ethics, Power and Responsibility in International Relations”, University of Westminster (2010).

Venneri, Giulio “G-What, G-How, and G-How Many? The Future of the G8 Political Agenda”, Milano: Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, ISPI Policy Brief No. 148 (2009).

Venneri, Giulio “The Buck Stops Where? Responsibility and EU Member-statebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Cambridge, MA: Kokkalis Program at the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2009).

Venneri, Giulio “Nationalisms and Frozen Sovereignty: Bosnia-Herzegovina between fragmentation and EU integration” review essay in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding N. 2 (2009): pp. 289-296.

Venneri, Giulio “Alcide De Gasperi and Antonio Messineo: A Spiritual Conception of Politics and a Pragmatic Idea of Religion?” in Religion, State and Society N. 1 & 2, Special Issues (2009): pp. 115-129. Co-author with Paolo O. Ferrara. Also published in Religion, Politics and Law in the European Union edited by Lucien Leustean and John Madeley, New York: Routledge (2009).

Venneri, Giulio “Integrazione Europea e Riforma Costituzionale in Bosnia-Erzegovina: Oltre il Paradosso della Sovranità”, in Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo, special issue on “Constitutions Between National Sovereignty and Conditionalities” N. 4 (2008): pp. 1756-69.

Venneri, Giulio “La Bosnia bina e trina”, in Limes - Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica N. 2 (2008): pp. 265-74.

Venneri, Giulio “The Hour of Europe Could Come… Perspectives on the EU Presence in Kosovo”, Milano: Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, ISPI Policy Brief No. 77 (2008).

Venneri, Giulio “Man of Faith and Political Commitment: Alcide De Gasperi in the History of Europe”, review essay in Journal of Modern Italian Studies Vol. 13 N. 1 (2008): pp. 89-92.

Venneri, Giulio “Modelling States from Brussels? A Critical Assessment of the EU-Driven State-Building of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Nicosia: Cyprus Centre of European and International Affairs (2007).

Venneri, Giulio “Sovranità, Responsabilità, ed Ordine Internazionale”, in Charta Minuta N. 90 (2007): pp. 96-98.

Venneri, Giulio “Italy’s Near Abroad: the Adriatic Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and the Danube River. Perception and Perspectives from a Geopolitical Region. A Bosnia-Herzegovina Point of View.” Rome: Military Centre for Strategic Studies, CeMiSS (2005). Co-author with Federico Eichberg.

Participation to international conferences and guest lectures

“The sovereignty as responsibility ideal: a new ethic for contemporary peacebuilding or a mirage?” Convenor and panel chair at the 51th ISA Annual Convention on “Theory Vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars And Practitioners” (New Orleans, USA) February 17-20, 2008.

“East-West relations and the future of the G8 political agenda.” Paper presented at the Transatlantic Strategy Forum, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (Brussels, Belgium) December 3-4, 2009.

“Conquered vs. Octroyée Ownership: Police Reform, Conditionality and EU’s Member-Statebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Paper presented at the conference “The Future of Statebuilding: Ethics, Power and Responsibility in International Relations”, (London, UK) October 9-11, 2009.

“The Dream of a Political Union: the Italian Contribution to the Early Stages of the EU Integration Process.” Guest lecturer, Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Phoenix Institute for the Study of Western Institutions at Notre Dame University (South Bend, USA) July 21, 2009.

“The Buck Stops Where? Responsibility and EU Member-statebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Paper presented at the 11th Kokkalis Graduate Workshop, J. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Cambridge, USA) February 12-13, 2009.

“Blurring borders, changing regimes of governance: building peace and reorganizing political community through IOs and NGOs.” Chair of the panel at the 50th ISA Annual Convention on “Exploring the Past, Anticipating the Future” (New York, USA) February 15-18, 2009.

“Reforming BiH.” Paper presented at the conference “The Balkans in Europe. Pluralism in the Constitutional Transition of the Western Balkans”, University of Trento May 8-10, 2008.

“The EU Hands-off Statebuilding: from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Kosovo?” Paper presented at the 49th ISA Annual Convention on “Bridging Multiple Divides” (San Francisco, USA) March 26-29, 2008.

“Security without States: States without Security? Private-Public Cooperation, Responsibilities, and Interferences in the Emerging Global Security Network.” Convenor and panel chair at the 49th ISA Annual Convention on “Bridging Multiple Divides” (San Francisco, USA) March 26-29, 2008.

“Turning Sarajevo into a European Capital? Trajectories of Sovereignty in the Reorganization of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Paper presented at the 6th Pan-European International Relations Conference, University of Turin (Italy) September 12-15, 2007.

“The EU-Driven Statebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Creating a ‘Paradox within the Paradox’ of Sovereignty?” Paper presented at the ICCEES Regional European Congress, Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) August 2-4, 2007.

“The Europeist Efforts of Alcide De Gasperi and the Proposals of Antonio Messineo: a Spiritual Conception of Politics Meeting a Pragmatic Idea of Religion?” Paper presented at Conference “Religion and Politics in the Construction of the EU”, LSE (London, UK) June 16, 2007.

“Modelling States from Brussels? A Critical Assessment of the EU-Driven State-Building of Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Paper presented at the “Spring School on Understanding, Interpreting and Evaluating the EU”, Research Center Intercollege (Nicosia, Cyprus) April 15-22, 2007.

“PMCs in Crisis Areas: Another Manifestation of Chandler's Empire in Denial?” Opening speech at the workshop “Security without States, States without Security”, Centro Italiano Prospettiva Internazionale and Strategic Intelligence and Security Center (Brussels, Belgium) March 30, 2007.

“When states play by their own book: the missed opportunity of creating a pan-European collective security organization.” Paper presented at the ISA 48th Annual Convention “Politics, Policy, Responsible Scholarship” (Chicago, USA) March 3, 2007.

“From Pragmatism to Idealism: De Gasperi and the Stabilization of Italy in the European Integration Project, 1945-1954.” Paper presented at the 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference “Rebels and Critics: Assessing Fifty Years of European Integration”, Center for EU Studies and Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Washington DC, USA) February 2-3, 2007.

“UN Blue Helmets and EU peace forces: what outlook for a peaceful future?” Paper presented at the European University Workshop on “The UN and the EU in the new international scenario”, UNRIC, European Parliament, Collège d’Europe (Brussels/Bruges, Belgium) May 17-22, 2005.

“Política Exterior Europea en Materia de Combate al Terrorismo.” Invited guest speaker at the Universidad Panamericana, Campus Bonaterra (Aguascalientes, Mexico) April 30, 2005.