Pasquale Ferrara has an extended direct experience in the field of international relations, being an Italian diplomat since 1984 (at the moment he is the Ambassador of Italy in Algeria). At the same time, he has a strong academic background, both in terms of research and teaching activity in international relations theory and practice, focusing on diplomacy, negotiation, religions and world affairs, peace studies and Mediterranean studies. In the last years he tried to combine his on-the ground knowledge as a professional diplomat with an analytical capacity in the field. He was involved in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, having served in Brussels (Italy’s Permanent Representation to the EU) during the “constitutional process” in the early 2000s, and in countries like Chile (during the transition to democracy in the early 1990s), Greece (as Consul), the US – at the Italian Embassy in Washington as a political counsellor during the Administration of George W.Bush, following in particular the Iraqi crisis and conflict. As an academic, since 2010 he has been teaching various courses (in English) in Diplomacy and Negotiation both in the Master in International and Public Affairs and in the regular Master Program of LUISS in Rome. In addition, he teaches International Relations and Integration at the University Institute “Sophia”, Figline e Incisa Valdarno (Florence). He has also taught an introductory course on the European Union at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.
As Director of the Policy Planning Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-2011), he launched a new program on Religion and International Relations, bringing together practitioners and academics, consisting of internal reflection papers and public seminars and international conferences. He was Secretary General of the European University Institute in Florence, collaborating with the “Mediterranean Directions” program. His book “Global Religions and International Relations” (Palgrave MacMillan) is one of the results of that engagement. His last work is a comprehensive reading from the IR perspective of Pope Francis international initiatives.
His research is focusing now on the problems of culture, religion and identity in International relations and diplomatic activity, with a special attention to the Mediterranean and the Arab-Islamic world.
- Lo stato preventivo. Democrazia securitaria e sicurezza democratica [The Preventive State. Securitarian Democracy and Democratic Security],Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2010
- Global Religions and international relations: a diplomatic perspective,Palgrave Pivot, December 2014
- La politica inframondiale. Le relazioni Internazionali nell’era post–globale [Domestic World Politics. International Relations in the Post-Global Era], Città Nuova, Roma 2014
- Il mondo di Francesco. Bergoglio e la politica internazionale [Francis’ world. Pope Bergoglio and International Politics] Edizioni San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo 2016
- L’Occidente e la primavera araba [The West and the Arab Spring], in “Nuova Umanità”, 2011/3]
- Libertà e sicurezza nella politica mondiale [Libery and Security in World Politics], in “Italianieuropei”, n. 7/2011
- Religion and Democracy: international, transnational and global issues, “European Political Science”, Jun2013, Vol. 12 Issue 2
- Geocultura vs. geopolitica? L’UE, la Russia e il partenariato orientale [Geoculture vs. Geopolitics? The EU, Russia and the Eastern Partnership], Italianieuropei 4/2014, pp.145-150
- The Concept of Periphery in Pope Francis’ Discourse: A Religious Alternative to Globalization?, in “Religions”, n.6/2015
- An Italian Foreign Policy of Religious Engagements; Challenges and Prospects, “The International Spectator”, Vol. 51, n. 1, 1-2016
- Oltre il disordine mondiale: per una politica pan-umana [Beyond world disorder: towards a pan-human policy], “Rivista di Scienze dell’Educazione”, anno LIV, n.3, Settembre-dicembre 2016, pp. 308-321
- People First: Human Security in the Mediterranean and Middle East, “Horizons”, Autumn 2016, Issue n.8, pp.90-100
- Ordine e disordine mondiale a 50 anni dalla “Populorum Progressio” [Word order and disorder 50 years after the Encyclical “Populorim progressio”], “Educatio Catholica” Anno III, 1/2/2017