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Dr Stefano Recchia

Dr Stefano Recchia

Stefano Recchia’s principal research interests are in international security studies, foreign policy analysis (especially military intervention decision making), and just war theory. His monograph, Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: US Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention, was published in 2015 in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. The book develops a new explanation of when and why the United States seeks formal multilateral approval from organisations such as the United Nations or NATO for its military interventions. Drawing on nearly 100 interviews conducted with senior US officials, Recchia argues that America's top-ranking generals, as reluctant warriors who value international burden sharing, play an under appreciated role in steering US intervention policy toward multilateral engagement. Recchia’s research has also appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Ethics & International Affairs, International Theory, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, and the Review of International Studies.

Key Publications


  • Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention. Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2015. 
  • Just and Unjust Military Intervention: European Thinkers from Vitoria to Mill (co-editor, with Jennifer Welsh, and chapter contributor). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • A Cosmopolitanism of Nations: Giuseppe Mazzini’s Writings on Democracy, Nation Building, and International Relations (co-editor, with Nadia Urbinati). Princeton University Press, 2009.  Italian translation published as Cosmopolitismo e Nazione by Elliot Edizioni, Rome, in 2011.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  • “Pragmatism over principle: US intervention and burden shifting in Somalia, 1992-1993,” Journal of Strategic Studies, online first.
  • “The Paradox of Safe Areas in Ethnic Civil Wars,” Global Responsibility to Protect, 10 (3), 2018, pp. 362-386.
  • “Should Humanitarian Interveners Promote Democracy after Genocide?” International Theory, 10 (1), 2018, pp. 1-30.
  • “Authorising Humanitarian Intervention: A Five-Point Defence of Existing Multilateral Procedures,” Review of International Studies, 43 (1), 2017, pp. 50-72.
  • “Why Seek International Organisation Approval Under Unipolarity? Averting Issue Linkage vs. Appeasing Congress,” International Relations, 30 (1), 2016: 78-101.
  • “Did Chirac Say ‘Non’? Revisiting UN Diplomacy on Iraq, 2002-03,” Political Science Quarterly, 130 (4), 2015-2016, pp. 625-54.
  •  “Soldiers, Civilians, and Multilateral Humanitarian Intervention,” Security Studies, 24(2), 2015: 251-83.
  • “The Origins of Liberal Wilsonianism: Giuseppe Mazzini on Regime Change and Humanitarian Intervention,” in S. Recchia and Jennifer Welsh, eds., Just and Unjust Military Intervention. CUP, 2013.
  • “The Enduring Relevance of Classical Thinkers (with Jennifer Welsh), in Stefano Recchia and Jennifer Welsh, eds., Just and Unjust Military Intervention. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • “Just and Unjust Postwar Reconstruction: How much external interference can be justified?” Ethics & International Affairs, 23 (2), 2009: 165-87.
  • “Restraining Imperial Hubris: The Ethical Bases of Realist International Relations Theory,” Constellations Journal 14 (4), 2007: 531-56.





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