Biography

giovanni giacalone

Giovanni Giacalone

Giovanni Giacalone graduated in Sociology from the University of Bologna, MA in Islamic Studies from Trinity Saint David University of Wales and a further specialization in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism-IICT, Israel.
He is currently a senior analyst at the Europe desk for the UK-based think-tank Islamic Theology of Counter-Terrorism, for the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies-Itstime (Catholic University of Milan), and Senior Adviser for Monitoring Jihadism Project.
From 2014 to 2016 he was an associate researcher for Istituto Studi Politica Internazionale-Ispi’s “Observatory on Terrorism”.
Since 2021 he is the coordinator for the “Latin America group” at the International Institute for the Study of Security-ITSS with the task of monitoring organized crime and terrorism in Latin America.
Giacalone was the Italian country-coordinator for the Globsec European project “From criminals to terrorists and back”, to analyze the crime-terror nexus among jihadist foreign fighters. He currently collaborates with the media and he is the author of several books and chapters on jihadism in Italy, the Balkans, and Latin America. He has lectured security managers, and law enforcers on Italian soil, and testified an audition on security to the Italian parliament.
He has written articles and reports for the Global Counter-Terrorism Council, Centro Studi Machiavelli, OFCS Report, Trends and European Eye on Radicalization.
Since 2012, Giacalone has also been monitoring and analyzing the street-gang phenomenon in Italy, collaborating with partners in the United States, Italy, with the media, and analyzing the phenomenon for the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies.
In 2023 Giacalone published the book “The Tablighi Jamaat in Europe” for the UAE-based Trends Research and Advisory; a research on the potential presence of radicalizing triggers within the Indian Islamist Movement.