Giuseppe Spatafora

Giuseppe Spatafora
University of Oxford | OX · Department of Politics and International Relations

Ph.D. candidate in International Relations


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I started a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations at Oxford in 2019. My research interest lies in the area of international security, civil wars, and alliance theory. For his DPhil project, I research variation in external support for armed groups in a civil war: why do foreign actors choose to support warring parties? How does support vary, and why? And what consequences does it have for the evolution of the conflict and relations among armed actors and external sponsors?


Publications (5)
In December 2019 NATO allies gathered in London to mark the 70th anniversary of the Alliance. Britain’s offer to host the event in their capital not only symbolized a return to the origins of the Atlantic Alliance. It also served to underline the country’s enduring support for NATO. Historically, the UK has proven to be among the most NATO-enthusia...
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This forum provides an outlet for an assessment of research on the delegation of war to non-state armed groups in civil wars. Given the significant growth of studies concerned with this phenomenon over the last decade, this forum critically engages with the present state of the field. First, we canvass some of the most important theoretical develop...


Projects (2)
Research article using game theoretical methods, based on successful MPhil dissertation at Oxford