Mr. Mancini is currently senior director of research at the International Peace Institute (IPI) and adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He focuses on conflict analysis and prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peace building. He heads “Coping with Crisis, Conflict and Change,” IPI’s largest program that assists decision-makers at the United Nations, regional organizations, and their member states to strengthen their response capacity to crises and conflict. Francesco was educated at Bocconi, in Milan, and Columbia universities. His most recent publication is in a special issue of International Peacekeeping, titled “Partnership ? A New Horizon for Peacekeeping?” He is also the co-editor of the volume Security & Development: Searching for Critical Connections.