Dr. Antonio Giustozzi is an independent researcher born in Ravenna, Italy, who took his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the author of several articles and papers on Afghanistan, as well as of seven books
- War, politics, and society in Afghanistan, 1978-1992 (Georgetown University Press),
- Koran, Kalashnikov, and laptop: the Neo-Taliban insurgency, 2002-7 (Columbia University Press),
- Empires of mud: war and warlords in Afghanistan (Columbia University Press),
- Policing Afghanistan (with M. Ishaqzada, Columbia University Press, 2013), The army of Afghanistan (Hurst, 2016), the Islamic State in Khorasan (Hurst, 2018)
- Taliban at war (OUP USA, 2019).
He also authored a volume on the role of coercion and violence in state-building, The Art of Coercion (Columbia University Press, 2011), one on advisory missions (Missionaries of modernity, Hurst, 2016), and edited a volume on the Taliban, Decoding the New Taliban (Columbia University Press, 2009), featuring contributions by specialists from different backgrounds. He is currently a senior research fellow at RUSI.