Samuele Dominioni is a Research Fellow at the ISPI Centre on Cybersecurity, in partnership with Leonardo. Samuele completed his Ph.D. double degree in political sciences and political history at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and at the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca. In his Ph.D. dissertation, he focused on the effects of Western democratizing pressure on socialisation mechanisms among political elites in the South Caucasus. During his Ph.D. he spent a semester as visiting scholar at the Department of Political Sciences at the Columbia University (New York) and a research period at the Ivane Javakhishvili University in Tbilisi (Georgia). He was also lecturer for a course on the problems of governance in nondemocratic regimes at the undergraduate college the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Subsequently he worked as research engineering for the CASCADE-CAUCASUS project (funded by the European Union Framework Programme 7) where he covered issues concerning security/democracy nexus in the South Caucasus. Before joining ISPI Samuele was Research Fellow at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (University of Bonn).
Samuele published several contributions in high-level academic outlets and provided policy reports for the European Commission and the Council of Europe. He worked also as consultant for the Council of Europe and the Office of Democracy and Human Right at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR). Samuele is also Ph.D. Associate at the Centre de Recherche Internationales (CERI).