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Eugenio Cusumano

University Lecturer

Dr. E. Cusumano
+31 71 527 1293


Eugenio Cusumano is an assistant professor in International Relations and European Union studies at the University of Leiden. He obtained his PhD in 2012 from the European University Institute and was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the Korbel School of International Studies in Denver and a lecturer at the Baltic Defence College.

His research concentrates on the role of non-state actors in military operations and humanitarian crises both on land and at sea, with a focus on the increasing use of Private Military and Security Companies  and the involvement of NGOs in Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

His work has been published in leading international relations and security studies journal such as the Journal of Strategic Studies, International Relations, Armed Forces & Society, International Peacekeeping,  and Marine Policy, and frequently cited in international media like The Guardian, the Independent, the Daily Mail, Le Parisien and France24.

Social Media

Twitter: @EugenioCusumano

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • History and International Studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.09d



  • NATO Centre of Excellence on Civil Military Cooperation (CCOE) book editor and research fellow
  • Baltic Defence College Associate Fellow