I’m an Assistant Professor of Practice at New York University Abu Dhabi and a Fellow at the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC) in New York. I specialize in the field of international relations, with a focus on international security, international organizations, and conflict processes. Specifically, my research examines local and global institutions’ role in promoting security, effective government, and economic development, with a focus on fragile and conflict-affected states. My first book, The Power of Dependence: NATO-UN Cooperation in Crisis Management, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.
I’m currently working on my second book, which explores the emergence of “islands of stability” in fragile states. In addition, I’m pursuing projects on donor strategies in conflict and disaster-prone areas, and countries’ resilience and reliability in the provision of UN peacekeeping forces.
My research combines rigorous research design with original data to answer questions that are crucial for both theory and international policy. I employ novel datasets, geo-spatial analysis, field research and qualitative interviews in countries which are crucial for international security, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.
I have been a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Department of Political Science, the World Bank’s Global Center on Conflict, Security, and Development in Kenya, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center in Germany. I also completed fellowships at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin.