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Federica Saini Fasanotti is a nonresident fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, of the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution. Her fieldwork and research have covered, among others, Afghanistan, Libya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, and her latest book is “The Army in the Bush. Italian Counterinsurgency 1860-1943” (Historical Office of the General Staff, Italian Ministry of Defense, 2015).

Saini Fasanotti's research focuses on counterinsurgency. She is a military historian expert in African colonies. She received her doctorate from the University of Milan; as a trained nurse, Saini Fasanotti’s dissertation focused on the controversial relationship between fascism and the Italian Red Cross. Following her studies, she moved to Rome, where she works actively with the Central Historical Office of the Italian Army and the Historical Office of the Italian Ministry of Defense. She is a frequent lecturer at military history conferences and congresses, and is a guest lecturer for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Her many published essays and articles have also appeared in historical and geopolitical journals. She developed for Rai-National Italian Television the series "The History of Fascism" (2006) and "The Second World War" (2009), distributed by "Il Corriere della Sera," the leading Italian newspaper.

Her many books include: "Violated Joy. Crimes against Italians 1940-1946" (Ares Editore, 2006); "Ethiopia 1936-1940. Colonial Counterinsurgency through the Sources of the Italian Army" (Historical Office of the Italian Army, 2010), which was selected as a finalist for the "Acqui Storia 2011" Award; "Libya 1922-1931. The Italian Counterinsurgency" (Historical Office of the Italian Army, 2012); "Military History of Afghanistan. From the Durrani's Empire to Resolute Support Mission" (Mursia Editore, 2014). Saini Fasanotti’s current book project is "The Counterinsurgency Doctrine from the XVII Century to the Present," a wide ranging study on the history, methods, and pillars of counterinsurgency in the modern era.

She consulted on Libya for the Terna Group, the first grid operator for electricity transmission in Europe. She collaborates with the Pentagon on Libya.

Saini Fasanotti also holds bachelor’s degrees in history of art criticism and contemporary history summa cum laude. She speaks Italian, English, and Spanish.

Affiliations:
Terna Group, consultant

Federica Saini Fasanotti is a nonresident fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, of the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution. Her fieldwork and research have covered, among others, Afghanistan, Libya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, and her latest book is “The Army in the Bush. Italian Counterinsurgency 1860-1943” (Historical Office of the General Staff, Italian Ministry of Defense, 2015).

Saini Fasanotti’s research focuses on counterinsurgency. She is a military historian expert in African colonies. She received her doctorate from the University of Milan; as a trained nurse, Saini Fasanotti’s dissertation focused on the controversial relationship between fascism and the Italian Red Cross. Following her studies, she moved to Rome, where she works actively with the Central Historical Office of the Italian Army and the Historical Office of the Italian Ministry of Defense. She is a frequent lecturer at military history conferences and congresses, and is a guest lecturer for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Her many published essays and articles have also appeared in historical and geopolitical journals. She developed for Rai-National Italian Television the series “The History of Fascism” (2006) and “The Second World War” (2009), distributed by “Il Corriere della Sera,” the leading Italian newspaper.

Her many books include: “Violated Joy. Crimes against Italians 1940-1946” (Ares Editore, 2006); “Ethiopia 1936-1940. Colonial Counterinsurgency through the Sources of the Italian Army” (Historical Office of the Italian Army, 2010), which was selected as a finalist for the “Acqui Storia 2011” Award; “Libya 1922-1931. The Italian Counterinsurgency” (Historical Office of the Italian Army, 2012); “Military History of Afghanistan. From the Durrani’s Empire to Resolute Support Mission” (Mursia Editore, 2014). Saini Fasanotti’s current book project is “The Counterinsurgency Doctrine from the XVII Century to the Present,” a wide ranging study on the history, methods, and pillars of counterinsurgency in the modern era.

She consulted on Libya for the Terna Group, the first grid operator for electricity transmission in Europe. She collaborates with the Pentagon on Libya.

Saini Fasanotti also holds bachelor’s degrees in history of art criticism and contemporary history summa cum laude. She speaks Italian, English, and Spanish.

Affiliations:
Terna Group, consultant

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