Dr. Massimiliano Fiore

Dr. Massimiliano Fiore

Assistant Professor, Homeland Security Program

Dr Massimiliano Fiore is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security at Rabdan Academy. His research and teaching interests focus on Anglo-Italian imperial competition in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, terrorism, intelligence and nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

Before joining Rabdan Academy, he taught at the London School of Economics, King’s College London, the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom and at the University of Exeter. He is the author of a book and a number of refereed journal articles, policy papers and editorials. His research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy Research Studentship, and the University of London Scholarship Fund.

Originally from Italy, Massimiliano received a BA in Political Science, an MA in International Affairs and an MA in Diplomatic Studies. He then completed his education in the United Kingdom where he took an MA and a PhD in War Studies at King’s College London.

Massimiliano is a passionate traveler, keen photographer, avid reader, competitive backgammon player and a real Napoli fan-addict.

  • PhD in War Studies from King’s College London
  • MA in War Studies from King’s College London
  • MA in Diplomatic Studies from Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI)
  • MA in International Affairs from Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)
  • BA in Political Science from University of Naples L’Orientale
  • International History of the Middle East
  • The Arab-Israeli conflict
  • War and Insurgency in the Middle East
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Anglo-Italian relations in the Middle East and the origins of the Second World War
  • The Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Terrorism, intelligence and nuclear proliferation in the Middle East
  • Italian foreign policy


  • Anglo-Italian Relations in the Middle East, 1922-1940 (London, 2010).
  • Una terra, due popoli: breve storia del conflitto arabo-israeliano (currently under consideration)

Refereed Articles:

  • ‘Anglo-Italian Armament Trade Competition in Iraq, 1937-1940’, Journal of Commonwealth and Imperial History, Vol. 40, No. 2 (July 2012).
  • ‘Israel and the Iranian Nuclear Programme: Roll Back or Containment?’ IAI-WP 11-18 (July 2011).
  • ‘How Israel Can Turn the Unrest in the Middle East into an Opportunity for Peacemaking’, IAI-WP 11-05 (March 2011).
  • ‘La guerra delle parole: la propaganda anti-inglese di Radio Bari, 1935-1940’, Nuova Storia Contemporanea (2011), Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 65-86.

Editorials & Policy Papers:

  • ‘Dangerous Liaisons: Iranian-Venezuelan Relations’, IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review (March 2013).
  • ‘L’asse Venezuela-Iran alla prova del voto’, AffarInternazionali (October 2012).
  • ‘Rethinking the EU’s Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Policy’, The Heptagon Post (September 2011).
  • ‘Israel-Lebanon Scramble for Eastern Mediterranean Gas’, The Heptagon Post (August 2011).
  • ‘Se in Siria crolla il regime’, AffarInternazionali (April 2011).
  • ‘An Opportunity for Peacemaking’, The Heptagon Post (March 2011).
  • ‘What Is Worse for Israel, Attacking or Not Attacking Iran’s Nuclear Infrastructure?’, The Heptagon Post (January 2011). Reposted by e-International Relations (May 2011).
  • ‘Ghajar Divided Again’, The Heptagon Post (November 2010). Reposted by e-International Relations (June 2011).
  • ‘What Lurks Behind Iran’s Increasing Involvement in Latin America?’, The Heptagon Post (October 2010).
  • ‘Was the Mossad Really Behind the Resurgence of Kurdish Terrorism in Turkey?’, The Heptagon Post (October 2010).

Invited Lectures:

  • ‘Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East and the Iranian Nuclear Programme’, University of Bari (May 2012)
  • ‘Anglo-Italian Relations in the Middle East in the Interwar Period’, Institute of Historical Research (May 2011)
  • ‘La politica estera fascista in Medio Oriente, 1922-1940’, University of Naples L’Orientale (October 2009)


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