School of Transnational Governance

Fabrizio Tassinari


 Executive Director of the School


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Fabrizio Tassinari serves as the Executive Director of the School of Transnational Governance, where he develops the overall strategic direction, the design and the policy programme of the School.

Between 2009 and 2017, Tassinari served as Senior Researcher and Head of the Foreign Policy Studies unit at the Danish Institute for International Studies. Since 2012, he has also been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Social Science at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he was an awardee of an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship.

Tassinari, a political scientist, has a background in research and policy advice on questions of democracy, governance and international security, in and around Europe. He is the author of the book 'Why Europe Fears its Neighbors' (Praeger), which also appeared in an updated Turkish-language edition for the mass market. His writing regularly features in mainstream international media, such as the Economist, the Financial Times, CNN, Foreign Affairs, the Christian Science Monitor, Le Figaro and Die Welt. His academic output has been published  in peer-reviewed journals and volumes, including the European Foreign Affairs Review, Mediterranean Politics, the International Spectator and Cooperation and Conflict. Tassinari has advised several Western governments and international organisations; his 2007 policy brief on Black Sea cooperation provided the blueprint and the official name of a European Union policy. 

Prior to joining DIIS in 2009, he served as an Assistant Professor 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 a European 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 served 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.