Dr Antonio Giustozzi

Senior Research FellowTerrorism and Conflict


Dr Antonio Giustozzi is an independent researcher born in Ravenna, Italy, who took his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is currently visiting Senior Research Fellow at RUSI.

He is the author of several articles and papers on Afghanistan, as well as of six books: War, Politics and Society in Afghanistan, 1978-1992 (Georgetown University Press), Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: the Neo-Taliban Insurgency, 2002-7 (Columbia University Press) Empires of Mud: War and Warlords in Afghanistan (Columbia University Press), Policing Afghanistan with M. Ishaqzada, Columbia University Press, 2013), The Islamic State in Khorasan (Hurst, 2018) and The Taliban at War (Hurst, 2019). Dr. Giustozzi also edited a volume on the Taliban, Decoding the New Taliban (Columbia University Press, 2009), featuring contributions by specialists from different backgrounds.

Beyond Afghanistan, Dr. Giustozzi published articles on the conflict in Syria and jihadist groups in Central Asia, authored a volume on the role of coercion and violence in state-building, The Art of CoercionPost-Conflict Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration: Bringing State-Building Back in (Ashgate, 2012).