Raffaello Pantucci's research focuses on terrorism and counter-terrorism as well as China's relations with its Western neighbours. He currently spends his time between London and Singapore. Prior to joining RUSI in London in 2013, Raffaello lived for over three years in Shanghai, where he was a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS).

Before that he worked in London at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and earlier than that at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. He has also held positions at the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) and at the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College, London.

Pantucci's expertise as the foremost scholar on Terrorism in the UK has allowed him to be able to bridge the gap between dynamic delivery and academic reporting. His understanding of the nuances of the subject allow him to be able to converse both at street level and the ivory towers. These skills are harnessed to translate The Unity Initiative's pioneering results and methodologies to the relevant spheres.

He is the author of We Love Death As You Love Life: Britain's Suburban Terrorists (London: Hurst, April 2015/US: Oxford University Press, September 2015), described by The Financial Times as 'the most articulate and carefully researched account of Britain's 'suburban terrorists' to date.'

He is currently completing a writing project looking at Chinese interests in Central Asia under contract to a major publisher. His journal articles have appeared in Survival, The National Interest, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and RUSI Journal amongst others, and his journalistic writing has appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, and more.

Raf Pantucci

Senior Academic Advisor