Dr Stefano Recchia

Subject:  International relations, security studies, U.S. foreign policy and transatlantic relations

Department/institution: Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Contact details: sr638@cam.ac.uk

Research interests:

Dr Stefano Recchia is a political scientist and has been in Cambridge since 2012. His research focuses on international security studies, specifically on U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and the politics and ethics of military intervention. He is particularly interested in the value of multilateral approval for military intervention, both in terms of why even powerful states do frequently seek it (as an empirical question) and why states should seek it (as a normative question). 

His monograph, Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention, was published by Cornell University Press in 2015. Drawing on declassified documents and about 100 interviews with senior U.S. officials, the book develops a new explanation of when and why the United States seeks multilateral approval through bodies such as the United Nations and NATO for planned military interventions.

A native of South Tyrol in the Italian Alps, he is a passionate hiker and enjoys outdoor activities in general, including camping, sailing, skiing. He has lived and worked in a number of countries and speaks four languages fluently (Italian, German, and French, besides English), plus decent Spanish and basic Arabic.