Alessandro Zanasi nominated member of Fondazione Icsa’s scientific council

Zanasi & Partners’ CEO, Alessandro ZANASI, has been nominated member of the scientific council of Fondazione Icsa (Intelligence Culture and Strategic Analysis).



Fondazione Icsa – presented in 2009 by now Italian Minister of the Interior Sen. Marco MINNITI, by then President Emeritus of Italy, Sen. Francesco COSSIGA, and by the current President of ICSA and former chief of staff of the Italian Air Force, Gen. Leonardo TRICARICO – is a prestigious Italian think tank, headquartered in Rome, which mainly focuses on the analysis of the phenomenon linked with internal and external national security, defence strategy, intelligence and cybersecurity.


One of the aims of Fondazione Icsa is to contribute to the diffusion of an intelligence culture in Italy, via the organisation of thematic events (workshops, seminars, forums) as well as with the production of editorial products (reports, books).


Fondazione Icsa can count on a scientific council – composed by renowned experts in defence, security and intelligence matters – which supports the organisation during the implementation of strategic, systemic and historiographical analyses. The scientific council is chaired by Italo Saverio TRENTO, who currently serves also as Director of Icsa.

The challenges posed by cyber security and the answers from the European Union: the key role played by research

An article written by Zanasi & Partners’ CEO, Mr. Alessandro ZANASI, and dedicated to the cyber security research initiatives launched by the European Union in the latest years, has been published today on ICT Security Magazine.



Alessandro Zanasi provides a comprehensive overview of the main cyber security challenges that the European Union has been facing in the latest years and, at the same times, describes the most relevant research initiatives that have been launched for responding to those challenges. A particular emphasis is put on some of the most successful research projects backed by the European Commission and its Directorate General: SCADALAB, CloudCERT, SECRET, iSAR+ and SOTERIA. The article also introduces two new themes of sure interest for the future of European research: on the one hand the need for enhancing the cyber-security posture of the European financial sector; on the other hand – in the light of the future risk scenarios introduced by rapidly evolving modern technologies – the need for improving the strategic technology foresight capabilities of the defence sector.


The article can be found at this link. A PDF version can be downloaded from here.

BODEGA project – consortium meeting in Paris

Kindly hosted by CEA in its headquarters, representatives from all the European organisations part of the BODEGA consortium have met in Paris from the 27th to the 29th November 2017 in order to assess the work carried out so far and make plans for the future activities to be performed.

Zanasi & Partners was represented in Paris by Fabio RUINI, coordinator of Z&P’s research activities, and Alessandro BONZIO, Z&P’s project manager for BODEGA. Within the BODEGA project, Zanasi & Partners is currently involved in the development of an innovative solution – based on Big Data Analytics techniques – for the (early) risk assessment of incoming travellers at border crossing points. The meeting gave Z&P the opportunity to present the latest developments on this topic, as well as to get expert feedback from the end-users, most notably from representatives of Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli and the Finnish Border Guard Agency.

Z&P’s CEO Alessandro Zanasi delivered a speech at the conference on “The challenges of radicalization: the role of the institutions, religious communities and civil society”

Zanasi & Partners’ CEO, Mr. Alessandro ZANASI, delivered a speech during the conference “The challenges of radicalization: the role of the institutions, religious communities and civil society”, organised in Rome within the context of the TRIVALENT project.



During his speech, titled “A journey into the use of social media for security purposes“, Mr. Zanasi presented the  opportunities that Big Data analytics (and text mining technology in particular) offers to law enforcement agencies dealing with the task of preventing violent radicalisation.

The challenges of radicalization: the role of the institutions, religious communities and civil society (Rome, 24th November 2017)

Zanasi & Partners, as participant to the European security research project TRIVALENT, is delighted to invite you to the conference titled “Europe and the challenges of radicalisation: what answers?”.


The conference will take place on the 24th of November 2017, from 9:00AM to 1:45 PM, at the “Aula Magna” of the Università Roma 3 (Viale Ostiense, 159) in Rome, according to the below agenda.




TRIVALENT (Terrorism pReventIon Via rAdicaLisation countEr-NarraTive), funded by the European Commission under the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, is carried out by an international consortium comprising 22 organisations (including 12 police forces) representing 10 different countries. Aim of the project is to study the violent radicalisation phenomenon, as it takes places both on line and within penitentiaries, and to develop tools for contrasting it, including the production of ad hoc counter-narratives.



The repeated acts of terrorist violence in Europe, increasingly perceived by the public as a lingering threat, alongside the crisis of integration models coupled with intolerance and xenophobia, and the spread of trends dominated by fears and insecurities, pose a series of new challenges to European institutions and Member States in terms of internal security, cohesion and social stability. To address and successfully contrast those challenges – originating from a plurality of contexts and environments – it is necessary to develop responses that combine appropriate repressive measures with innovative preventive practices based upon the analysis and management of the causes and manifestations of the radicalization to violent extremism, through the close collaboration of all actors involved, including in particular the institutions, communities affected by ongoing radicalization processes and civil society organizations.



The TRIVALENT project, with the firm commitment to promote integration, inter-cultural dialogue and respect of fundamental rights, aims to contribute to the debate and propose policies for the prevention of the radicalization to violent extremism in all areas that can become places of diffusion of the phenomenon and in which signs of attention to the dangers associated with it can arise, in order to define appropriate tools of early warning, together with the development of effective intervention policies, as regards also with new skills and training patterns.



The main purpose of the conference, in addition to ensuring a greater visibility and dissemination of the ongoing research activities, will be to create synergies between project participants and relevant stakeholders (civil society, institutions, experts) in order to better focus objectives and methods of the research in progress. The conference will be divided into two thematic workshops according to the attached programme.




– 9:00-9:30: Welcome greetings & opening speeches
Luca Pietromarchi, President University “Roma Tre”
Gennaro Migliore, Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (tbc)
Noemi di Segni, President “Unione Comunità Ebraiche Italiane” (UCEI)
Abdellah Redouane, Secretary General “Centro Islamico Culturale d’Italia”

– 9:30-11:30: Roots and contexts of violent radicalization in general and as regards young people: early warning, preventive measures, and related policies.
Focus: Early detection and prevention of radicalization risks and threats, in general and with regard in particular to schools, universities and territories (communities), as well as in the web (social media), as places where values, lifestyles, world views, opinions should be confronted without any sort of violence, through dialogue, confrontation of ideas, and the participation in public life activities, with the aim to develop innovative methods and tools for countering such risks and threats.

Chair: Masimo Abdallah Cozzolino, Chairman TRIVALENT Advisory Board

Cristina Caparesi, Gruppo di lavoro della Commissione Europea “First-line Deradicalisation Practitioners”
Stefano Gatti, Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea
Francesco Antonelli, University “Roma Tre”
Harith Alani, Open University, London
Alessandro Zanasi, Zanasi & Partners
Fares Braizat, Nama Strategic Intelligence Solutions (Jordan)

– 11:30-11:45: coffee break

– 11:45-13:45: Radicalization in prisons and prevention/deradicalisation programmes, counter/alternative narratives, and new skills for LEAs’ personnel and civil society stakeholders.
Focus: Acknowledging experiences concerning prevention and deradicalisation programmes addressed to radicalised individuals or at risk of radicalisation, as regards in particular detention places, shaping counter- or alternative narratives to radicalization, and developing new skills for LEAs’ personnel and civil society stakeholders.

Chair: Luigi Moccia, TRIVALENT Project Coordinator

Bartolomeo Conti, Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques (CADIS, EHESS-CNRS)
Mohammed Khaled Rhazzali, University of Padova
Barbara Napelli, Marco Capitani, Direzione Generale della Formazione (DAP)
Marco Lombardi, Barbara Lucini, Catholic University “Sacro Cuore”, Milano
Peter Muyshondt, Lokale Politie Voorkempen, Belgium
Luca Zigiotti, Francesco Di Bacco, Città di Torino (Local Police)
Italo Trento, Direttore Fondazione Intelligence Culture and Strategic Analysis (ICSA)


* Simultaneous Italian<->English translation available

Z&P’s CEO Alessandro Zanasi attended the “Building Alliance – Preventing Terror Conference” in Brussels

Zanasi & Partners’ CEO, Mr. Alessandro ZANASI, attended the “Building Alliance – Preventing Terror Conference“, organised in Brussels by the Counter Extremism Project.



During the event, Mr. Zanasi has had the opportunity to interact with former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs – now MEP and Chair of European Parliament subcommittee on Security and Defence – Ms. Anna FOTYGA. Ms. Fotyga was briefed about the TRIVALENT project, a research effort dedicated to counter the spread of radicalising narratives, promoted by Z&P and funded by the European Commission. TRIVALENT can notably count on the support, as full project partners, of 11 law enforcement agencies, three of which (National Police, Gdansk and Radom Local police forces) based in Poland.

NewHoRRIzon visioning conference

Fabio RUINI, coordinator of Zanasi & Partners’ research activities, participated to the “Visioning Conference” organised within the context of the EC-funded NewHoRRIzon research project.


Hosted in the premises of the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels on the 5th and 6th October, the event gathered a selected group of Horizon 2020 experts in order to discuss how to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in FP9 and beyond.


Coordinated by IHS (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)NewHoRRIzon is a research project that aims at integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the Innovation and Research systems on national and international levels. The concept of RRI is an approach which intends to bridge the gap between science, research and innovation communities and society at large by fostering more inclusive, anticipative, open and responsive research and innovation systems. In this frame, multiple stakeholders (from research, business, policy making, education and civil society) are involved in research and innovation on the project and system level to better align its processes and outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. A first big step was the operationalization of RRI into the following six key elements: ethics, gender equality, governance, public engagement, science education and open access.


Scientific article on the use of serious games for the training of intelligence analysts published by Z&P’s personnel

Alessandro Zanasi, Fabio Ruini and Alessandro Bonzio, from Zanasi & Partners, have published a scientific article on the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, titled “Intelligence Analysts’ Training Through Serious Games: The LEILA Project“.



The article takes inspiration from the work carried out during the LEILA project, a research project co-funded by the European Commission (within the context of FP7 programme), running from 2013 to 2015.


LEILA investigated innovative methodologies for the development of the core competencies required for performing intelligence analysis. Building upon an in-depth study of intelligence analysts’ learning needs and inspired by a multitude of disciplines, LEILA developed a set of serious games, embedded into four comprehensive ‘learning experiences’ dedicated to intelligence analysis trainees. While the main target of LEILA is law-enforcement intelligence analysts, the competencies addressed by its learning experiences are potentially relevant to analysts operating across various sectors.




Bibliographic reference and download link:

  • Zanasi, A., Ruini, F., & Bonzio, A. (2017). Intelligence Analysts’ Training Through Serious Games: The Leila Project. International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, 7(3), 380–389 [pdf] [bib]

Z&P’s CEO Alessandro Zanasi delivered a speech at the Sorbonne’s SMART School on Computational Social and Behavioral Sciences

Zanasi & Partners’ CEO, Mr. Alessandro ZANASI, has been invited to deliver a speech at SMART 2017, the Summer School on Computational Social and Behavioural Science organised in Paris by the Sorbonne Universités within the context of the SMART Labex project.

During his speech, titled “IT-induced Influence and Decision”, Mr. Zanasi discussed about the issue of fake news and the role that Big Data plays both in favouring their spread and as a tool for contrasting them.