​Agnese Macaluso


Agnese Macaluso has experience on issues related to education in conflict areas, urban violence and local governance, violent extremism, economic sanctions and EU foreign relations. Agnese joined the Institute in January 2014.

She is involved in a number of projects looking primarily at the role of education in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, urban violence and local governance. She also specializes in economic sanctions and Iran-U.S. relations. Agnese previously worked at the Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform Security Rule of Law as Project Officer and Researcher.

She holds a Master’s Degree in international Relations and European Studies from the University of Florence, with a thesis on South African Relations with China and the economic and political impact of this partnership at regional and international level. She previously studied at the University of Palermo and at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Rennes, in France.

Besides short working experiences in the public administration and NGOs during the studies, she specialized in EU foreign policy toward Africa, working from September 2012 for the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU, where she focused on Common Security and Defense Policy and EU-Sub-Saharan Africa Relations. In March 2013, Agnese joined the African Directorate of the European External Action Service, where she focused primarily on EU relations with South Africa and Zimbabwe.


Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish

Regional Expertise/Focus

Europe, Sub Saharan Africa

Current Projects

Past Initiative: Education and Peace

In partnership with UNICEF, The Hague Institute is designing learning materials to improve education in four eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo:…


Completed: Conflict Prevention in The Hague

This pilot project is part of the Institute's international research on City Responsibility: The Role of Municipalities in Conflict Prevention, which aims to understand how municipal…


Recent Work

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Workshop on Employment and Stability in Kabul

On Wednesday 2 November, The Hague Institute, on behalf of the project consortium and in cooperation with Mercy Corps Afghanistan, hosted a workshop in…

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