Dr. E. (Eugenio) Cusumano

  • Lecturer
  • International Relations
  • European Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1293
E-Mail: e.cusumano@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, History and International Studies
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.09d

Fields of interest

  • Security Studies
  • EU External Relations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Foreign Policy Analysis


My research explores the role of domestic factors in shaping state foreign policy, focusing on a comparative analysis of European and US security policies and military operations. My academic interests especially concentrate on the increasing privatization of military and security task, its drivers and its political, strategic and ethical implications. I have also worked extensively on the regulation of the private security industry and on transatlantic relations as a member of the Priv-War and TransWorld research projects, both funded by the EU under the 7th Framework Program

Teaching activities

My teaching portfolio includes Security Studies, EU External Relations, European Security, International Relations Theory, Foreign Policy Analysis and European Integration

Curriculum vitae


September 2008 - June 2012: PhD In Political and Social Science, European University Institute.
2009: Master of Research in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute
2008: Master of Science (hons) in International Relations, University of Bologna
September 2007 – June 2008: London School of Economics, visiting student

Other Academic Positions and Projects

November 2013 – October 2014: lecturer/assistant professor in International Relations, Baltic Defence College
January 2012 – June 2013: participant in the TransWorld project, funded by the EU Commission under the 7th Framework Program
September 2012 – August 2013: Fulbright-Schuman Scholar, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
February 2012 – April 2012: Visiting Lecturer, University of Maastricht
May 2009 – April 2011: participant in the Priv-War Project, funded by the EU Commission under the 7th Framework Program

Key Publications

2014 – “The Scope of Military Privatisation. Military Role Conceptions and Contractor Support in the United States and the United Kingdom”, International Relations
2014 – “Bureaucratic Interests and the Outsourcing of Security. The Privatization of Diplomatic Protection, in the United States and the United Kingdom”, Armed Forces & Society
2014 – “Normative Power Under Contract? Commercial Support to European Crisis Management Operations”, International Peacekeeping
2013 – “The Transformation of Civic Engagement and the New American Way of War”, Gouvernement & Action Publique (Journal of the Institute of Sciences Politiques Paris - SciencesPo)
2011 – Policy Prospects for Regulating Private Military and Security Companies, in Francioni F. and Ronzitti N. (eds.) War by Contract. Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Private Contractors, (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

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