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Alessia Amighini

International politics area

Competences: Belt and Road Initiative, China’s Trade Expansion, Chinese Economy, Chinese foreign investment, Economic and Trade Relations Between Europe and Asia, Geo-economics, Trade Wars

Keywords: China, Chinese investment abroad, coronavirus, Covax, Covid-19, Covid-19: socio-economics impact, Europe-China relations, international trade networks, trade war on vaccines, vaccine diplomacy

Region: Lombardy


Co-Head Asia Centre e Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI, Associate professor of Political Economics at Piemonte Orientale University, vice-direttore Master in Politics, Economics and Culture of China at Università Cattolica, Milan

Professional career

After a PhD in Development Economics, she started working asAssociate Economist at UNCTAD from 2003 to 2006, then she took a career track professorship in Economics and since 2015 she is also Senior Associate Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI Asia Programme.

Scientific results

Scientific coordinator of research projects for the European Parliament, for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and for Italy-China Business Forum. Editor and author of several books including “Networks of International Trade and Investment” (2018) (with S. Gorgoni and M. Smith), Vernon Press, “China Champion of (which) globalization?” (2018), “Xi’s policy gambles: The bumby roadahead” (2015) (with A. Berkofski), “China Dream: Still Coming True?” (2016) and “Belt and Road: A Game Changer?” (2017), all for ISPI. Author of more than 60 scientific articles in top international peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books by Edwar Elgar, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge. 

Editorial work and publications

Leading columnist and economic commentator for the media with more than 50 op-eds over the last 4 years. Speaker in national and international high-level academic, policy and business conferences.

(2018) Amighini A., "China’s New Economic Powerhouse"in Amighini A. (ed.), China champion of (which) globalisation?, ISPI. 

(2017) Amighini A., "The Belt and Road Initiative: A Game Changer in International Trade?" in Amighini, A. (ed.), The Belt and Road Initiative: A Game Changer?, ISPI. 

 (2017) Amighini A., McMillan M., Sanfilippo M., FDI and Capital Formation in Developing Economies: New Evidence from Industry- level Data, NBER Working Paper No. 23049. 

(2016) Amighini A., "Dream a Little Dream of China?", in Amighini, A. (ed.), China Dream: Still Coming True?, ISPI.

(2016) Amighini A., Trade and economic relations with Asia, Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament, available at 2ed45dc0f51f/Workshop-Asia-trade.pdf (with E. Borghi, R. Helg, L. Tajoli) 

(2016) Amighini A., The EU external trade strategy vis-à-vis Asia, Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament, available at 2ed45dc0f51f/Workshop-Asia-trade.pdf 

(2016) Amighini A., The EU-Korea FTA: implementation and lesson learning, Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament, available at trade.pdf 

(2015) Amighini A., "China’s Economic Growth: Heading to a ‘New Normal’"in Amighini A. and Berkofski A. (eds), Xi’s policy gambles: The bumpy road ahead, ISPI, 2015, ISBN 978-88-98014-63-7 

(2015) Amighini A., Is labor flexibility a substitute to offshoring? Evidence from Italian manufacturing, International Economics Vol. 142, pp. 81-93 (with Presbitero A. F. and M. G. Richiardi) 

(2015) Amighini A., Multinational Enterprises from Emerging Economies: What theories suggest, what evidence shows. A literature review, Economia e Politica Industriale, Vol. 42 (3), pp 343-370.

(2014) Amighini A., Sanfilippo M., Impact of South-South FDI and Trade on the Export Upgrading of African economies,World Development, Vol. 64, pp. 1-17.

(2014) Amighini A., Gorgoni S.,The International Reorganization of Auto Production, World Economy, Vol. 37 (7), pp. 923-952.

(2013)Amighini A., Rabellotti R., Sanfilippo M., Do Chinese state-owned and private enterprises differ in their internationalisation strategies?, China Economic Review, Vol. 27, pp. 312-325.

Awards and prizes

One of her scientific articles on Chinese expansion abroad through investments by Chinese, private and public companies, published in the China Economic Review, was awarded as the most read of 2015.

Eleonora Ardemagni

International politics area

Competences: Arab armies e civil-military relations, Arabian Peninsula, Bab el-Mandeb, Conflict in Yemen, Domestic and Foreign Policy of the Gulf Monarchies, Partership NATO-Gulf Monarchies

Keywords: Arabian Gulf, Bahrein, Kuwait, maritime security, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Region: Lombardy


Geopolitical Analyst. Associate Research Fellow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). Teaching Assistant, Catholic University, Milan. Gulf Analyst, NATO Defense College Foundation. Adjunct Professor, Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations (Aseri, MIMES).

Professional career

BA in Language for International Relations, Catholic University, Milan; MSc in International Relations, Catholic University, Milan; Diploma in European Affairs, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI); Specializing Master in Middle Eastern Studies, Aseri-Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations, Milan. Since 2012 she works as geopolitical analyst contributing to many specialized publications and think tanks, in Italy, in the US and in the Middle East. Since 2013 she regularly contributes to ISPI, Aspenia online and AffarInternazionali. Since 2016 she is international politics columnist (Middle Eastern affairs) for the Italian newspaper Avvenireand provides studies for the Italian Parliament. Since 2018 she lectures, on Yemen and civil-military relations in the Arab world, at the Catholic University of Milan, Aseri and ISPI.

Scientific results

One of the few Italian analysts and researches with expertise on Yemen, Eleonora Ardemagni works especially on internal, tribal-military dynamics in Yemen, with an eye to the role of external powers in the country, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In 2019 she published a monograph on the Huthis (the Yemeni Northern Shia insurgents) for CRiSSMA, the Center of Research on the Southern System and the Wider Mediterranean of the Catholic University of Milan. She authored several publications, also forthcoming, on the foreign policy and the geopolitics of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. She also investigates hybrid security in the Arab states and the relationship between armies and militias; with regard to this point, she co-edited for ISPI a series of online publications with Carnegie Middle East Center (Beirut) and authored a policy brief on the hypothesis of a National Guard in Yemen, which was the outcome of an exchange of ideas with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY). She is currently researching on conscription and the Role of the Military in Gulf Monarchies’ Evolution (with a focus on the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait e Oman), authoring the chapter “Arab Gulf States: Expanding the Role for the Military-From Rulers Protectors to Nation-Builders”, for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Military in Politics, edited by William R. Thompson, Oxford University Press (forthcoming). Among her areas of research, there’s also maritime security along the Arabian Peninsula-Bab el Mandeb-Gulf of Aden triangle, with particular attention to the strategic implications of commercial ports and choke-points. 

Editorial work and publications

Her articles, essays, papers and scientific publications appeared on: 

Afriche e Orienti, International Studies Journal, NATO Defense College, NATO Review, ORIENT-German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, LSE Middle East Centre Blog, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), Gulf Affairs-Oxford University, Future Centre (FARAS, UAE), Carnegie Sada, Carnegie Middle East Center, Middle East Institute (MEI), Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), ITSTIME-Catholic University (Milan), Eastern Mediterranean Policy Notes-University of Nicosia, Storia Urbana, Orizzonte Cina-T.wai, CeSi, Limes, Fondazione Oasis, World Energy, Reset-Dialogue On Civilizations.

Among them:

[2015] Ardemagni E., La politica estera come sistema di ri-generazione dei sistemi autoritari: lo Yemen fra mutamento e continuità, Afriche e Orienti, No. 1-2 

[2016] Ardemagni E., United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces in the Federation-Building Process: Seeking for Ambitious Engagement, International Studies Journal47,  Vol.12, No. 3, Winter

[2016] Ardemagni E., Framing AQAP’s intra-jihadi hegemony in Yemen: shifting patterns of governance and the importance of being local, Sicurezza, Terrorismo e Società, International Journal, Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies (ITSTIME), Vol.4, 2

[2016] Ardemagni E., Emiratization of Identity: Conscription as a Cultural Tool of Nation-Building, Gulf Affairs, OxGAPS-Oxford Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum, Oxford University, St Antony’s College, Autumn

[2018] Ardemagni E., Oltre la rendita: la politica estera interventista dell’Arabia Saudita, in Colombo A., Magri P., Sempre più un gioco per grandi. E l’Europa?, ISPI

[2018] Ardemagni E., “New Armies for a New Era. Decrypting post-2011 Arab Military Reforms”, (con Umberto Profazio), NATO Defense College, Research Paper  n°145

[2018] Ardemagni E., The Persian Gulf Rimland: Federalism, Geostrategy and Patronage in Contemporary Southern Yemen, International Studies Journal 56, Vol.14, No. 4, Spring

[2019] Ardemagni E., Yemen’s nested conflict(s): Layers, geographies and feuds, ORIENT-German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, No.2, pp. 35-41.

[2019] Ardemagni E., Hormuz e Bab el-Mandeb,  le porte del petrolio, in Gulf Vision, World Energy, n°42,.

[2019] Ardemagni E., The Huthis: Adaptable Players in Yemen’s Multiple Geographies, CRiSSMA-Centro di Ricerche sul Sistema Sud e il Mediterraneo Allargato dell’Università Cattolica di Milano, Educatt, N° 25, ISBN: 978-88-9335-465-3.

Rosa Balfour

International politics area

Competences: European Politics, International Relations

Keywords: contemporary European politics, democracy, European foreign policy, human rights

Region: ABROAD


Director of Canergie Europe.

Professional career

Following a degree in History at Cambridge University, Rosa pursued post-graduate studies whilst working as a researcher and obtained a Masters Degree in European Studies and a PhD in International Relations, both at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked as a researcher in Italy and from 2007 in Brussels at the European Policy Centre, where she headed the programme Europe in the World, dealing primarily with European foreign policy (relations between the EU and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean region, EU enlargement, among other issues). She also co-lead the institute. Her work has included research, research team management, fundraising, policy analysis, public speaking. In 2015 Rosa moved to the German Marshall Fund of the US, still based in Brussels, where she expandes her fields of activities to European politics. Her research is currently focusing on the nexus between domestic and international politics. 

In 2018 and 2019 she works on the Europe's Futures programme at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. 

In 2020 she becomes director of Carnegie Europe, one of the most influential think tanks in Brussels, part of the Carnegie Endowment for international peace's worldwide network, with offices in Washington, Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi and Beirut.

Since 2021 she has also been an honorary patron of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).

Scientific results

Alongside numerous publications which have contributed to the policy debate at the EU level, Rosa is regularly consulted by governments, EU institutions, parliaments, and civil society on a number of matters related to her work. She has been a member research and advisory committees (for instance with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Brussels Advocacy office of Save the Children). She also is called to offer training sessions, lectures and keynote speeches at institutions, universities, parliamentary committees, NGOs.

Editorial work and publications

Rosa has published academic books, policy papers, and regularly contributes to debates on European and international politics through short articles and opinion pieces. Below is a selection of recent publications.

[2019] Balfour R., Article 50 extension: Why time for the UK to live through its crisis is also good for Europe, LSE Brexit Blog,

[2019] Balfour R., Bouchet N., and Forbrig J.,Improving EU-U.S. Cooperation in Civil Society Support in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, GMF Policy Paper,

[2019] Balfour R.,What the Brexit shambles says about the state of British democracy,

[2019] Balfour R., A progressive and European foreign policy in a hostile environment, The Progressive Post, No. 11, Spring 2019.

[2018] Balfour R., ‘Human Rights in the European Neigbhourhood Policy’, in Tobias Schumacher, Andreas Marchetti and Thomas Demmelhuber (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy, London: Routledge, pp. 481-493.

[2018] Balfour R., ‘Polarization in Europe: Public Opinion and European Foreign Policy’, in Dan S. Hamilton and Teija Tiilikainen (eds.), Domestic Determinants of Foreign Policy in the European Union and the United States, Washington, DC: Centre for Transatlantic Relations, pp.79-95.

[2017] Balfour R.,What are think tanks for? Policy research in the age of anti-expertise, published by LSE,

[2015] Balfour R., Carta C. and Raik K. (eds.), The European External Action Service and National Foreign Ministries: Convergence or Divergence?, Farnham: Ashgate.

[2012] Balfour R., Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy. The Cases of Ukraine and Egypt, London: Routledge, reprinted as a paperback in 2014.

Awards and prizes

In September 2018 she became non-resident fellowship on Europe’s Futuresat Institute of Human Sciences of Vienna. She also is member of Steering Committee of WIIS-Brussels (Women In International Security), Associate Fellow a LSE Ideas, and Senior Adviser at European Policy Centre. 

Elena Baracani

International politics area

Competences: European Union Politics, International Politics, Political Science

Keywords: European foreign policy, European Union Political System, external relations of European Union

Region: Emilia-Romagna

Professional career

Elena Baracani obtains her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Florence in 2006. She is appointed deputy director of the Interuniversity Research Centre for Research on Southern Europe (CIRES) at the University of Florence (2006-08). In 2008 she wins a postdoctoral research grant under the 'European Foreign and Security Policy Studies' program, funded by the Compagnia di San Paolo. She carries out her post-doctoral research at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (currently Scuola Normale Superiore). In 2008 she wins a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Security Studies of the European Union. She works as scientific secretary of the Ph.D. in Political Science at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (now Scuola Normale Superiore) in Florence (2011-14). She teaches numerous political science courses at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, at Italian (the University of Florence, the University for Foreigners of Perugia, the Italian Institute of Human Sciences, and LUISS) and American (Rutgers University, Kent State University, and California State University) universities. Since 2012 she has been teaching a course entitled EU Politics and Crisis at Stanford University in Florence. In 2013 she wins the competition for researcher in Political Science at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna. In 2019 she wins the competition for Associate Professor at the same University. In 2022 she wins the Jean Monnet EUGlobA Chair (The EU as a Global Actor).

Scientific results

She is currently the scientific director of the Erasmus project Jean Monnet EUGlobA (The EU as a Global Actor) and scientific co-responsible for the University of Bologna of the Erasmus Youth RE-ACT IN (Rethinking Arts for Cohesion, Trust and Inclusion) project. Throughout her career, she has participated in numerous national and international research projects.

Editorial work and publications

[2022] Baracani E, Sarotto V. The European Commission’s role in EU-Turkey migration: political leadership through strategic framing, West European Politics, 

[2022] Baracani E, EU Democracy Promotion in Times of Crisis. In: The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe’s Role in the World, Brookings

[2021] Baracani E. EU-Turkey Relations: A New Direction for EU Foreign Policy?. Edward Elgar Publishing

[2021] Baracani E. Evaluating EU Actorness as a State-Builder in ‘Contested’ Kosovo’, Geopolitics, 25(2): 362-386

[2021] Baracani E. Le sfide per la politica estera dell’Unione europea in tempi di crisi.  In: Relazioni internazionali. Dalle tradizioni alle sfide. Carocci Editore

[2020] Baracani E, Mingardi C. L’asse franco-tedesco nel nuovo ciclo politico dell’Unione Europea, Aggiornamenti Sociali, 71(2): 112-121

[2019] Baracani E, Calimli M. Shifting Dynamics in Turkish Foreign Policy in the Trans-European Space. In: The EU in a Trans-European Space External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan [2017] 

[2017] Baracani E, Calimli M. (eds) European Perspectives on Turkey's Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy. Trento: Bruno Kessler Foundation Press

[2017] Baracani E. Graham Allison: Conceptual Frameworks of Foreign Policy Decision Making. In: Classic Works in International Relations. Bologna: Il Mulino

[2016] Baracani E, Calimli M. Evaluating Effectiveness in EU Democracy Promotion: The Case of Turkey, Rivista Italiana Di Politiche Pubbliche, 2016 (3): 427-455

[2016] Baracani E. The European Union and conflict prevention. What Europeanization?. World Political Science Review, 12: 219-239

[2015] Baracani E. L'Unione Europea e la prevenzione dei conflitti Quale Europeizzazione?. Rivista Italiana Di Politiche Pubbliche, 2015 (1): 5-30 [2014] Baracani E. L’Unione europea e la prevenzione dei conflitti. Un’analisi comparata di tre casi di studio: Cipro, Kosovo e Palestina. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Awards and prizes

Her most recent book EU-Turkey Relations (Edward Elgar 2021) won the 2022 UACES best book prize.

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi

International politics area

Competences: European Foreign Policy, International Relations of the Middle East, Middle East, Security

Keywords: Afghanistan, armed groups, drones, Gulf countries, Iran, Iraq, non-proliferation, Syria, Yemen

Region: ABROAD


Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in Middle East Security at the International Security Studies department. Visiting Fellow at War Studies, King's College London and consultant at a NATO-sponsored expert panel on Afghanistan.

Professional career

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi is a Research Fellow at the International Security Studies department of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). She is also a Visiting Fellow at War Studies, King's College London and a consultant at a NATO-sponsored expert panel on Afghanistan. Her research is concerned with security in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran’s foreign and domestic politics, as well as on armed groups, drones’ proliferation, and counter-proliferation. 

She completed her PhD project at the War Studies Department of King’s College London, focusing on the diplomatic initiative of France, Germany and the UK (E3) on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Prior to joining RUSI, she was an Associate Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), where she specialised on EU foreign policy and transatlantic relations on Iran, particularly in the context of sanctions.

Prior to ECFR, she worked as Researcher on Iran at Oxford Research Group, while providing political risk analyses to a number of consultancies.

Scientific results

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi frequently writes for outlets such as Foreign Policy, BBC News, The Telegraph, The International Spectator, The Middle East Eye, Al-Monitor, Aspenia Online, and she appears as a commentator on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN, The New York Times and France 24.

She often provides briefings to stakeholders looking at the Middle East, including the Foreign Office, State Department, NATO, the EEAS Iran Task Force and the Permanent Missions at the UN.


Editorial work and publications

[2019] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. Written evidence, UK Foreign Affairs Select Committee, 8 November.

[2019] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. Iran Still Doesn’t Want an Escalation, Foreign Policy, 13 May. 

[2019] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: What could be Iran's motive?BBC News, 14 June.

[2018] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. and Bronk, J. Armed Drones in the Middle East: Proliferation and Norms in the RegionRUSI Occasional Paper, December.

[2018] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. Informal Groups of States: A Growing Role in EU Foreign Policy After Brexit? The RUSI Journal, 163:4, 62-70, DOI: 10.1080/03071847.2018.1522046. 

[2018] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. Iran and the West after the Nuclear Deal: High Hopes, Low Returns, RUSI Conference Report, 26 February.

[2016] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. and Pantucci, R. Understanding Iran's role in the Syrian conflict, RUSI Occasional Paper, August.

[2016] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. 'The nuclear deal: Exploiting its potential’, in Paolo Magri and Annalisa Perteghella (eds) Iran after the deal: The road ahead, Italian Institute for International Political Studies.

[2014] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. and Alcaro, R. Europe and Iran’s Nuclear Issue: The Labours and Sorrows of a Supporting Actor, The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, Volume 49, Issue 3.

[2014] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. The EU’s sanctions regime against Iran in the aftermath of the JPA, European Council on Foreign Relations, 4 June.

Awards and prizes

2013-2015: Continuation scholar at King‟s College London(tuition/maintenance)

2012-2013: Walton scholar at King‟s College London(tuition)

2009-2011: Fulbright scholar at Syracuse University, Carlo Maria Santoro (tuition/maintenance)

Marta Bellingreri

International politics area

Competences: Arabic Language, Asylum and Refugee's Reception Systems, cultures and societies in the Middle East and North Africa, Ethno-Religious Minorities, Femminism, Gender Studies, International Justice, Migrations

Keywords: associationism, culture, diaspora, exile, human rights, Iraq, Jordan, justice, Middle East and North Africa, Syria, Tunisia, women

Region: Sicily


Independent researcher, expert on gender issues in the Middle East

Professional career

Marta Bellingreri graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Oriental Languages and Civilisations (Arabic language) from La Sapienza University of Rome in 2008, after spending a year at INALCO (Institut de Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in Paris. She obtained the DITALS diploma for teaching Italian to foreigners from the University of Siena in 2009, before going on to do a Master's degree in Sciences of Languages, History and Cultures of Arab and Mediterranean Countries at the University L'Orientale in Naples, where she graduated in 2012. After working for schools, institutes and various international organisations, she started a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Palermo in 2014, carried out mainly abroad: a year at the University of Jordan in Amman in 2015, plus an Academic Hospitality at SOAS (School of Oriental Studies) in London in 2016, specialising in Gender Studies in the Middle East. Upon completion of her PhD in March 2017, she worked as an independent researcher and freelance journalist, writing for several Italian and international newspapers, and continuing to collaborate with several universities on conferences and publications.

Scientific results

Marta Bellingreri is an expert scholar of gender studies and feminisms in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Her master's thesis analysed feminist associations and movements before and during the Tunisian revolution of 2010-2011, while her doctoral research focused on the artistic practices and cultural productions that emerged around the Arab revolutions in Jordan. In both cases, the research work was carried out as a participatory ethnography, combining a feminist methodology, enhanced by the knowledge of the Arabic language and the context in which it took place. A second line of research, developed rather in journalism, was human rights, the right to asylum, and international justice, for which she followed not only the trials of women and men belonging to terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, but also the Syrian trials for crimes against humanity that took place in Germany, thanks to the principle of universal jurisdiction. Other ongoing research: independent art practices in Iraq.

Editorial work and publications

[2022] Bellingreri M, Tarkib’s Contemporary Arts Festival in Baghdad: Women Artists Play and Perform Memories and New (Hi)stories of Iraq. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, Duke University Press, 18 (3): 424–432. 

[2020] Bellingreri M, ‘Body Performance and the Engagement within the City: Women Artists Reframing Gender Roles in Amman’, in Borrillo S, Souliman M (eds.), Artivism, Culture, and Knowledge Production for Egalitarian Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa post 2011, Studi Magrebini, 18 (2): 180-202.  

[2019] Bellingreri M, Our Dreams Are Not Different from Yours”Between Arab Uprisings and Migrations”, South Atlantic Quarterly, Duke University Press, 118 (3): 654–660.  

[2017] Bellingreri M, ‘Tunisian Women: A Polyphonic Choir in a Heterogeneous Society’, in Di Tolla A, Francesca E (eds.), Emerging Actors in Post- Revolutionary North Africa. Gender Mobility and Social Activism, Studi Magrebini, Vol. XIV/2016, Università di Napoli L’Orientale, Napoli 2017, Italy.   

[2014] Bellingreri M, Il sole splende tutto l’anno a Zarzis, Navarra Editore. 

[2013] Bellingreri M, Lampedusa. Conversazioni su Isole, Politica, Migranti, co-author Giusi Nicolini, Edizioni Gruppo Abele.

Awards and prizes

Marta Bellingreri was awarded the Maria Grazia Cutuli Prize in 2019 and the Ivan Bonfanti Prize in 2022.

Stefania Benaglia

International politics area

Competences: European Union, Foreign and Security Policy, Public Diplomacy

Keywords: Asia, EU foreign and security policy, EU-India Relations

Region: ABROAD


Senior Expert, EU Public Diplomacy and Outreach in India. Associate Researcher, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Associate Fellow,Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

Professional career

Stefania Benaglia holds an MA in Strategic Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, an MA in International Development from the University of Pavia and a BA in International Relations from the University of Bologna. She also studied and worked in Israel (International Institute of Counter-Terrorism), USA (Italian Embassy, SAIS and San Francisco State University), France (Science Po Grenoble) and Spain (Leonardo da Vinci programme). In 2009 Stefania moved to Brussels to join the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and then the European Commission (EC), working for the Political & Security Committee (PSC) team and representing the EC at the Political-Military Group (PMG). Between 2014 – 2017 she moved to Delhi, working on EU-India defence cooperation for Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.  In 2017 she moved back to Brussels. She is Senior Expert in the Public Diplomacy Project of the European Union Delegation to India, Research Associate at Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Associate Fellow at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). She also consult for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Scientific results

Stefania Benaglia research focuses on Foreign and Security policy and EU-India relations. Her approach uses scenario buildings to define clear and coordinated strategic objectives, identification of key stakeholders, and strategy outline.  She also research how to affect change and be an effective policy entrepreneurs.

Editorial work and publications

Stefania Benaglia regularly publishes policy papers for leading Think Tanks (IAI - Roma, CEPS - Bruxelles e ORF- Delhi), as well as OpEds.

[2019] Benaglia S., Is Italy reshaping China-EU relations? April 1, 2019,

[2019] Benaglia S., India-Pakistan: dal confronto ad un nuovo processo di paceMarch 3,

[2018] Benaglia S., Modi-Conte meeting strengthens Indo-Italian relations, 30 October,

[2018] Benaglia S., EU strategy for connectivity in Asia presented at the 12th ASEM Summit, 20 October,

[2018] Benaglia S., Italy and the EU: Brussels must start thinking outside the box, 6 June,

[2017] Benaglia S., EU-India summit: slow progress, except for security deal, 9 October,

[2017] Benaglia S., UE-India: Federica Mogherini a Nuova Delhi, 23 April,

[2017] Benaglia S, Casarini N. & Patil S., Moving Forward EU-India Security Dialogue: Traditional and Emerging Issues,February, Ed. Nuova Cultura

[2016] Benaglia S., Ungaro A. EU-India defence cooperation: A European Perspective, December ‘16, Istituto Affari Internazionali Working Paper

[2016] Benaglia S., How to boost EU– India relations, 29 March, CEPS

Awards and prizes

In 2007 she was awarded of Enzo Grilli Fellowship. In 2019 she was nominated as Top 40 Under 40 EU India Leader.

Francesca Biancani

International politics area

Competences: History, Institutions and Societies of the Modern and Contemporary Middle East, History of Middle East, History of the International Relations of the Middle East

Keywords: biopolitics, cosmopolitism, egypt, Empire, gender issues, modernity, Nation

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Bologna University. 

Professional career

Francesca Biancani graduates in Oriental History at Bologna University in 2003. She then continues her studies at SOAS (School of Oriental Studies) in London where she obtains her MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies in 2005. In 2012 she gets a PhD in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Studies. She starts teaching ME history and International Relations at Bologna University in 2010. In 2017 she is visiting post-doc researcher at IFAO  (Institut français d’archéologie orientale) and CEDEJ (Centre d'études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales), Cairo, Egypt. From November 2018 she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Bologna University. 

Scientific results

Francesca Biancani is an expert on Middle Eastern modern and contemporary history, institutions and societies. Her main research focus so far is ME colonial history, with a special interest for colonial and semi-colonial Egypt (1882-1952) and the role bio-political concepts such gender, sex, and race played within the making of local governmentality and vernacular modernity/ies. Her main contribution to her field of expertise to date is her book “Sex Work in Colonial Egypt. Women, Modernity and the Global Economy” (IB Tauris 2018), a history of sex work regulation in colonial Cairo as a bio-political project serving a fundamental role, it is argued, in making sense of Egyptian modernity at the junction between imperial and nationalist politics. A further research line partly stemming from the previous one explores the link between gender, mobility and labour and looks at the role of female trans-Mediterranean migration in the making of the Egyptian cosmopolitan order from the last quarter of the 19thcentury until the first half of the 20thcentury. Francesca Biancani is currently working on a European Research Council (ERC) grant proposal submission about everyday cosmopolitanism, normative constructions and from below- practices of citizenship and nationality in interwar Egypt based on the systematic and innovative analysis of previously overlooked consular records. 

Other current topics of research: diachronic analysis of statecraft and sovereignty in the Middle East, politics of memory and nostalgia in the contemporary Middle East.  

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Biancani, F, Sex Work in Colonial Egypt. Women, Modernity and the Global Economy. IB Tauris: London. 

[2017] Biancani, F, and Hammad, H.  ‘Prostitution in Cairo’, in M. Rodriguez Garcia, L. Heerma van Voss, E. van Nederveen Meerkerk (eds),“Selling Sex in the City: a Global History of Prostitution, 1600a-2000s”. Leiden: Brill, 233-260.  

[2017] Biancani, F, Genere, mobilità e razza nelle migrazioni trans-mediterranee tra la fine del XIX e l’inizio del XX secolo: il caso delle Aleksandrinke in Egitto, in Afriche e Orienti, 2: 104-122. 

[2017] Biancani, F, Politiche della nostalgia, cosmopolitismo neoliberista e la nuova Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Afriche e Orienti, 1: 17-34. 

[2015] Biancani, F, ‘International Migration and Sex Work in Early Twentieth Century Cairo’, in L. Kozma, A. Witznisher, C. Schayegh (eds.) A Global Middle East, Mobility, Materiality, and Culture in the Modern Age. London:I.B. Tauris, 109-133. 

[2015] Biancani, F, (2015) ‘Globalization, Gender, and Labour in Cosmopolitan Egypt, 1860-1937’, in M. Milharčič Hladnik (ed.) From Slovenia toEgypt: Aleksandrinke’s Trans-Mediterranean Domestic Workers’ Migration and National Imagination, Gottingen: V & R Unipress, 207-229.

[2013] Biancani, F, (2013) Egitto, la transizione impossibile, Afriche e Orienti, 1-2: 114-122.

Margherita Bianchi

International politics area

Competences: Climate, Energy, European Politics and Integration, European Union

Keywords: climate political, energy policy, euro-med relations, European Union policy, transatlantic relations

Region: Lazio


Jr Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Professional career

She holds a BA obtained cum laude in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University, Milan campus, concluded with an exchange in Paris in her last year. In the following three years she specialized in Rome and Brussels, completing two masters in EU studies and EU law. During her studies she engaged in some traineeship experiences, including United Nations (UN Environment), IAI, the European Parliament. At the Parliament she afterwards worked for about two years as a Junior Policy Advisor for an Italian MEP, dealing with the dossiers within the ENVI parliamentary committee (Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) and the ITRE parliamentary committee (on Industry, Research and Energy), working in the Parliamentary Intergroup "for Long-term Investments and Reindustrialization" and in the EU-China and EU-US Delegations. In 2017 she works at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the task force of the Italian G7 Presidency, in charge of liaising with the Tunisian delegation. From February 2018 she works within the research team of the Italian think tank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) on several projects, both financed by Italian and European institutions and by the private sector. She has lectured in various Italian universities, including the Catholic University (Milan), the Sant’Anna University in Pisa, the University of Trento, the University of Florence, the University of Perugia, the University of Cagliari.

Scientific results

Her main fields of research concern the dynamics of European integration, with a focus on energy and the environment; the changing geopolitical context related to the evolution of the energetic sector and the fight against climate change; the regional developments related to energy security, decarbonisation and access to energy resources. She is interested, studies and writes on issues concerning the Italian foreign policy and the European political dynamics, as well as on the relations between Member States and among institutions, and transatlantic relations. At IAI she has recently worked on a number of projects, including: the "Energy Union Watch", a quarterly report on the state of energy integration at European level; "Medreset", a project financed by the European H2020 fund, which analyses the north-south relation between the shores of the Mediterranean by rethinking the traditional approach and focusing on the local dimension. She is charge for IAI of the online platform "Europea, Parlano i fatti" thought to promote an informative debate on the European Union. Among her main activities, she moreover follows the strategic partnership IAI has with Eni, contributing with publications and training activities.  Her most recent research interests and publications concern: the decarbonisation process in Italy, the energy transition in India, the energetic and environmental aspects of Brexit.

Editorial work and publications

She has authored scientific publications and articles in both Italian and international journals and online magazines, including:


"Sicurezza e Giustizia"

Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

Climate Diplomacy Platform - Adelphi

NATO Defense College

The International Spectator (Routledge)

Awards and prizes

In October 2018 she was chosen by the think tank of the European Commission (EPSC) for one week of debates on the future of Europe, with European Commissioners, senior officials, journalists, influential think tankers. She has participated as Italian representative alongside 27 young professionals from the other EU member countries. The debates ultimately ended up with a detailed list of priorities and policy recommendations for the next Commission (and Parliament).

In April 2019, under the auspices of the European Commission and of Vice-President Sefkovic, she was selected by the Greek Energy Forum as "future leader" of the Energy Union and has thus participated in a three-day discussion on the state of the art and future steps for a stronger energy integration in South Eastern Europe.

In 2019, representative for Italy in Y7, engagement group of the G7.

Cinzia Bianco

International politics area

Competences: Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf

Keywords: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oil, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Region: ABROAD


Senior Analyst at Gulf State Analytics and Researcher at the University of Exeter.

Professional career

Cinzia Bianco is a PhD candidate in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, where she is working on a thesis on the evolution of threat perceptions in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council after the 2011 Arab uprisings. She is also a Senior Analyst on the Arabian Peninsula at the geopolitical risk consultancy Gulf State Analytics, based in Washington D.C. Between 2013 and 2014, she was posted in the GCC region as a research fellow for the European Commission's project on EU-GCC relations 'Sharaka'. Between 2015 and 2017 she has been a Non-Resident Research Fellow at TRENDS Research & Advisory in Abu Dhabi.. She has published academic articles on the politics of security in the Arabian Peninsula in journals such as International Affairs and Middle East Policy, book chapters on relations between Europe and the Gulf, and analytical reports for think tanks located in Europe, the United States and the Gulf on domestic policies of the GCC countries. She has spoken at public events cross Europe and the Gulf, including at a Chaham House (London), l’Al Jazeera Forum (Doha), la Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Paris), il National Defence College (Abu Dhabi). Cinzia holds a Master of Arts in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London.

Scientific results

In the early years, Cinzia’s research focused on relations between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council, with specific reference to economic relations and join projects for socio-economic developments. However, ramifications on political relations were clearly prominent, and her research largely included them. As a research fellow for the European Commission’s project on EU-GCC relations “Sharaka”, her papers were strongly policy-oriented and were provided to the community of policy-makers within the European Union, to inform the establishment of future projects of cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council. Later, Cinzia’s research turned towards regional politics and security in the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf, no longer producing policy papers but instead writing analytical papers for stakeholders in both the private and public sector and academic papers to contribute to the debate on the contemporary policies of the monarchies.

Editorial work and publications

A selection of Cinzia’s publications include:


[2018] Bianco, C. and Roberts D. Britain and the Gulf: Ties that Bind?in External Powers in the Gulf, ed. by Fulton, J. and Li-Chen G., Routledge, August. 

[2018] Bianco, C., Gulf Security After 2011: A Threat Analysis, Middle East Policy, 25, 2, , 4 June, Paged 27-41,

[2018] Bianco, C. and Stansfield G., The intra-GCC crises: mapping GCC fragmentation after 2011,  International Affairs, 94, 3, 1 May, Pages 613–635,”

[2017] Bianco, C., “The Intra-GCC Crisis: Domestic, Regional and International Layers”, Istituto Affari Internazionali, June,

[2017] Bianco, C “Il prossimo Re dell’Arabia Saudita” in “Arabia (non solo) Saudita”, Limes 3/17, April, Roma.

[2016] Bianco, C. and Cafiero G. “Regional Turmoil Threatens Kuwait’s Calm”, Middle East Institute, Washington D.C, March,

[2015]Bianco, C., “The European Union in the Gulf.” in "The United Statesand the GulfShiftingPressures, Strategies and Alignments. ed. by Tim Niblock / Steven Hook. Berlin : GerlachPress, 2015. 

[2015] Bianco, C., “(Petro)pecunia non olet” in “La strategia della paura”, Limes 11/15, Dicembre, Roma 

[2015] Bianco, C. “L’Iran normale divide gli arabi del Golfo”, in “Le guerre islamiche”, Limes 9/15, Ottobre, Roma

[2015] Bianco, C. "Dallo Yemen al Golfo i sauditi attaccano perchè sono deboli" in “La radice quadrata del caos”, Limes 5/15, Giugno, Roma.

[2015] Bianco, C. "Qatar contro Emirati Arabi Uniti: una guerra per procura sui fronti caldi della Libia" in "Chi ha paura del Califfo?" Limes 3/2015, Marzo, Roma,

Awards and prizes

In 2014, she became one of the youngest women ever accepted as speakers at the Gulf Research Meeting (University of Cambridge). She represented Italy at the G8 & G20 Youth Summits in 2011 and 2012, in the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Commission respectively.

Federiga Bindi

International politics area

Competences: European Union, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Leadership in Sports, Transatlantic Relations, United States, Women Leadership

Keywords: European policy, external relations of European Union

Region: Lazio


Researcher at University Tor Vergata, Rome

Professional career

She holds the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she also the founding director of the EU Center of Excellence. She is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative at the Institute for Women Policy Research, both in Washington DC. 

She speaks 6 languages and she has been a visiting fellow in a number of institutions: Center for Transatlantic Relations of the SAIS John Hopkins University, the Brookings Institution, Sciences Po in Paris, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, the University of Lisbon and the Université libre de Bruxelles. She served as acting director of international affairs and director of international training at the Italian National School of Administration, and director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels.  

She also held a number of policy appointments in government, including serving as a fellow in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Sen. John Kerry’s chairmanship. She advised four different Italian governments and several international organizations including the European Commission, the Council of Europe, UNIDO and OAS.

Editorial work and publications

[2019 forth.] Bindi F, Europe and America: The End of Transatlantic Relations?, Brookings Institution Press.

[2017] Bindi F, Cracks in the IR Glass: The Evolving Relationship Between International Relations & Gender Equality, Seaton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Spring/Summer 2017.

[2015] Bindi F, Italy: the country where men die, but bureaucracy remains in Zeff E, Pirro. E, The European Union and the Member States, 3rded., Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder.

[2015] Bindi F, Transatlantic Foreign Policy in the Obama Years in Bonanno L. (ed.) The Transatlantic Agenda: Public Administration and Policy Prospective, Routledge, NY, 2015.

[2012] Bindi F, Eliassen K, Analyzing European Union Politics, Il Mulino, Bologna.

[2011] Bindi F, Italy and the EU,Brookings Institution Press, DC, 2011.

[2011] Bindi F, One year on: Assessing the European Foreign Policy and the European External Service (EEAS), in Brown Journal of World Affairs.

[2011] Angelescu I, Bindi F, The Frontiers of Europe. A Transatlantic Problem? Brookings Institution Press, DC.

[2010] Angelescu I, Bindi F, The Foreign Policy of the EU: Assessing Europe’s Role in the World, Brookings Press..

[2009] Bindi F, Guzzetta G, Lo Stato dell’Unione: L’Europa di inizio millennio, Giappichelli, Torino, 2009.

[2005] Bindi F, Il Futuro dell’Europa, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2005.

Awards and prizes

Woman of Outstanding Leadership, The International Women’s Leadership Association, 2014.

Ten Most Influential Italians in Brussels by, 2013.

Named to the Spinelli Group by the Italian President of the Republic G. Napolitano, 2014.

Aspen Leadership Seminar Fellow, Aspen Institute, 2012.

Young Italian Leader, Council for the United States and Italy, 2006.

Jean Monnet Chair, 2004.

Encomium by the Italian President Carlo Azelio Ciampi for Ph.D. Thesis, 2004.

Selected for the International Leaders Visitors Program, US Department of State, 2003.

Finalist of the National University Prize “La Numero Uno”, Università Bocconi, 1991.

Anna Caffarena

International politics area

Competences: International Order, International Organizations, Multilateralism, Political Discourse Analysis

Keywords: change, China, emerging actors, ideas and representations, institutions, power, practices

Region: Piedmont


Full professor of International Relations at University of Turin, President Torino World Affairs Institute – T.wai

Professional career

Graduated in Political Science from the University of Turin, Anna Caffarena got her PhD in International Relations (University of Padua). She started teaching at the Army School in Turin and became Associate professor at the University of Teramo in 2000. Since 2006 is Associate professor at the University of Turin, Department of Cultures, Politics and Society. Presently serves as Academic Coordinator of the Master course in International Relations. Recently has been part of a PRIN (Research project of national relevance) on Italian foreign policy and is presently part of an international research network on China’s role in contemporary international system. 

Scientific results

Anna Caffarena’s research interests include ideas and representations as frames influencing political discourse and policymaking; images of world politics; cooperation through international regimes and international organizations, multilateralism and international order. Recently her research has focused on two main areas: change and continuity in world politics, in particular from the perspective of political ideas and representations; China and other emerging countries’ impact on international order and the future of multilateralism.

Editorial work and publications

Anna Caffarena has authored books and articles. Her recent contributions include:

[2020] Caffarena, A., Gabusi, G., Europa e Cina nell'ordine in trasformazione: il ruolo del multilateralismo, "OrizzoneCina!, vol. 10, n. 4,

[2019] Caffarena, A., Gabusi, G., China's Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia: Space-Shaping as Odering, in S. Giusti, I. Mirkina (eds), The EU in a Trans-European Space: External Relations Across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, London, Palgrave Macmillan.

[2018] Caffarena, A., La Trappola di Tucidide e altre immagini. Perché la politica internazionale sembra non cambiare mai,il Mulino, Bologna.

[2017] Caffarena, A., Diversity Management in World Politics. Reformist China and the Future of the (Liberal) Order, in The International Spectator, 52, 3.  

[2017] Caffarena, A., Come cambia l’ordine internazionale. Il riformismo di Pechino per un “multilateralismo efficace con caratteristiche cinesi”?, in La Comunità Internazionale, LXXII, 2.

[2017] Caffarena, A., Gabusi, G., Making sense of a changing world: foreign policy ideas and Italy's national role conceptions after 9/11, in Italian Political Science Review, 47, 2.

[2017] Caffarena, A., Conoscenti, M., The Tipping Point. Donald Trump and the Discourse on World (Dis)Order in the Press and Expert Media, in Comunicazione Politica, XVIII, 3.

[2014] ] Caffarena, A., Couples and Trust-building in International Society. A Social Capital Perspective, in B. Vassort-Rousset (ed.), Building Sustainable Couples in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

[2011] Caffarena, A.,Primavera araba e transizioni democratiche. Considerazioni attorno all’immagine della quarta ondata, Biblioteca della libertà, XLVI, 201.

[2011] Caffarena, A., Più democrazia e meno ordine nella politica mondiale del xxisecolo?, in P.P. Portinaro (a cura di), L’interesse dei pochi, Le ragioni dei molti, Einaudi, Torino.

[2010]Caffarena, A., L’ordine internazionale alla prova del power shift, in L’orizzonte del mondo. Politica internazionali, sfide globali, nuove geografie del potere, Guerini, Milano.

[2009] Caffarena, A., Le organizzazioni internazionali, Il Mulino, Bologna.

[2009] Caffarena, A., 1989-2009, ovvero il paradosso della politica globale, in La Comunità Internazionale, LXI, 4.

Awards and prizes

Anna Caffarena is presently member of the board of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome. She served on the Steering committee of the Italian Society of Political Science -Società italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP) e on Steering Committee of the Standing Group on International Relations dello European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). She has served on the Expert Technical Review Panel of the United Nations System Staff College.  

Elena Calandri

International politics area

Competences: Cold War history, History of European Integration, History of Human Rights, History of International Relations, Women in Diplomacy

Keywords: european integration, Mediterranean

Region: Veneto


Professor of History of International relations at the University of Padua

Professional career

PhD in History of International Relations at the University of Florence in 1992, SSRC-McArthur Foundation Fellow in International Peace and Security in 1994-1995, lecturer, later professor at the University of Florence. Since 2019 she is Full professor of History of International relations at the University of Padua, chairwoman of the MA International Relations and Diplomacy. She coordinates the European Integration Working Group of the Italian Society of International History, is a member of the Scientific Committee for the publication of Italian diplomatic documents of the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs.

Scientific results

Her studies concern the history of the European Union as an international actor, the history of the Cold War, Italian post-1945 foreign policy, international cooperation, on these issues she has published volumes, articles and essays and organized scientific initiatives and research groups. She is interested in the study of women in diplomacy.

Editorial work and publications

[2023] (ed) in preparation. Intersectional approaches to Mediterranean Cooperation and Security.

[2023(eds) in preparation.  Integrazione europea e crisi esterne.

[2023] in preparation. Tienanmen: fra crisi del comunismo e nuovo paradigma dei diritti umani”. In Integrazione europea e crisi esterne.

[2020] (with G. Laschi and S. De Paoli). L’Europa adulta. Attori, ragioni e sfide all’Atto Unico alla Brexit, Bologna: il Mulino.

[2020]  “The EC and the Mediterranean: Hitting the Glass Ceiling”, In U. Krotz, K.K. Patel, F. Romero, Europe’s Cold War Relations: The EC toward a Global Role, London: Bloomsbury Academic.

[2016] (with D. Caviglia and A. Varsori).  Détente in Cold War Europe. Politics and Diplomacy in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, (cocuratela) London: Bloomsbury.

[2015] (with M.E Guasconi and R. Ranieri). Storia politica e economica dell’integrazione europea, Napoli: Edises.

[2013] Prima della globalizzazione. L’Italia la cooperazione allo sviluppo e la Guerra fredda 1955-1995, Padova: CEDAM.

[1997] Il Mediterraneo e la difesa dell'Occidente 1947-1956. Eredità imperiali e logiche di guerra fredda, Firenze: Edizioni il Maestrale.

Marina Calculli

International politics area

Competences: International Relations, Middle East, Security

Keywords: borders, non-state armed groups, political violence, state

Region: ABROAD


Lecturer in Middle East Politics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Leiden; Guest Professor at Bocconi University in Milan. 

Professional career

Marina Calculli holds a BA and an MA in Classics (University of Pisa and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), an MA in International Relations (ASERI School of Economics and International Relations, Milan) and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies (Saint-Joseph University, Beirut). In 2014, she received a PhD in International Relations (Catholic University in Milan) and thereafter doctorate has held research and teaching positions at various universities, including at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, the University of Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and the George Washington University in Washington DC. She is currently a Lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of Leiden and a guest professor at Bocconi University in Milan.

Scientific results

Marina Calculli’s research focuses on the competition for power and authority between state and non-state actors in the contemporary international system, with a concentration on the Middle East. Her research mainly deals with three aspects: the justification of the state; the rise and role of non-state armed groups; the role of ethics in the justification of political violence. Marina Calculli has extensively studied the relation between Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army in the broader regional and global context. She is currently working on a research project on the logic of violence in the Syrian conflict. 

Editorial work and publications

Marina Calculli’s publications include:

 [2019] Calculli M,’ Reconceiving the struggle between non-state armed organizations, the state and ‘the international’ in the Middle East’, in Sadiki L. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics, Routledge. 

[2019] Calculli M, ‘Middle East Security: the politics of violence after the 2003 Iraq war’, in L. Fawcett (ed.), International Relations of the Middle East, 5theditionOxford University Press, pp. 226-244.  

[2018] Calculli M, Come uno stato. Hizbullah e la mimesi strategica, Vita&Pensiero.

[2018] Calculli M, ‘Mirage of Retrenchment: Obama and the Syrian Conflict’, in Clementi M, Dian M. and Pisciotta B. (eds.),US Foreign Policy in a Challenging World - Building Order on Shifting Foundations, Springer, pp. 279-296.

[2017] Calculli M. e Strazzar, F, Terrore Sovrano. Stato e jihad nell’era postliberale, Il Mulino.

[2016] Calculli M, ‘Hezbollah’s Lebanese strategy in Syria’, in Galariotis I. and Ifantis K. (eds.), The Syrian Imbroglio. International and Regional Strategies, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, pp. 36-44.

[2016] Calculli M. e Legrenzi, M., ‘Middle East conflict and securitization of identities’,in Fawcett L. (ed.), International Relations of the Middle East, 4theditionOxford University Press, pp. 218-235.

[2016] Calculli M, Hamadi S. (a cura di), Esilio Siriano.Migrazioni e Responsabilità Politiche, Guerini Editore.

[2015] Calculli M, ‘Sub-regions and security in the Middle East: ‘hierarchical interdependence’, in Gulf-Levant relations, in Elizabeth Iskander Monier, Narratives of Regional Threat: (in)security, (in)stability and the Middle East, Palgrave McMillan, pp. 41-58.

[2014] Calculli M, National prerogatives in International Peacekeeping: Italy in Lebanese perception and Rome’s role within UNIFIL II, in Cahiers de la Méditerranée, 88 (1), pp. 201-214.

Awards and prizes

Marina Calculli has received numerous grants and awards, including a research grant from the American Political Science Association (Middle East and North Africa Forum) in 2014, and a Fulbright scholarship in 2015. Since 2017, she is a member of ‘LUCIS - Leiden Center for the Study of Islam and Society’ and the ‘Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies’.  


Monica Carcò

International politics area

Competences: Economic Development, Female Entrepreneurship, Industrial Development, International Organizations, Rural Entrepreneurship, Youth Entrepreneurship

Keywords: Africa, investment Promotion, Jordan, Middle East, North Africa, women economic empowerment, women's empowerment

Region: ABROAD


Consultant in international projects for the development of women and youth entrepreneurship, former UN official

Professional career

Monica Carcò holds a University degrees in Political Sciences and a Post Graduate Course in Diplomatic Studies. She has started her career as Junior Professional Officer of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)in Tanzania monitoring and evaluating the programs related to Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles and Zimbabwe and later for the World Food Programme Organization (WFP) in Rome. From 1991 to 1995 she has worked as Investment Promotion Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) ITPO office in Italy. During this period she was following the development and implementation of strategical investment promotion programs in Eastern Europe and Africa. From 1995 to 2000 she has been Program Officer, Small and Medium Enterprise Expert at the Italian Department of Cooperation for Development of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2000 to 2008 she was nominated Head of the UNIDO Investment Promotion Office in Jordan responsible of the implementation of an Investment Promotion Unit at the Jordan Investment Board to provide capacity building in the area of investment promotion and SMEs development. The project was link to a 10 M. USD Credit line for SMEs.

In 2008, she has been nominated UNIDO Representative in Tunisia. During her assignment, which lasted until 2013, she was leading the delivery of high-level technical services based on identified needs and priorities of the country, strengthening the dialogue with the Government, private sector, UN organizations, bilateral and multilateral assistance providers, including Development Finance Institutions (AfDB, WB, IDB, AgFund) and coordinating and mobilizing resources for programmes and projects. 

From 2013 to 2015 has been UNIDO Chief of Investment and Technology Unit in Vienna. From 2016 she moved to the Department of Agri-Business and 2019 became Division Chief, Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation, Human Security.

In July 2020, she left UNIDO to work as a volunteer and consultant. She is part of the Management Team of Women20, active with the Gender Alliance and Responible Leaders Network of BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation. She is Place programme evaluator and consultant for UNIDO in the preparation of the Eurasia Women's Forum.

Scientific results

Monica Carcò has worked as an international civil servant for UNDP, WFP, UNIDO and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 25 years. Having held representation and management roles, Monica strives to build public and private partnerships and strategic alliances with different stakeholders to promote local development. She has managed several technical assistance projects in the area of private sector development, women's economic empowerment and youth employment through entrepreneurship development. She was responsible for a regional programme in the MENA region with the aim of promoting women's empowerment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development.  Monica strongly believes that through promoting entrepreneurship development for youth and women and strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem will contribute to a more inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development.

Editorial work and publications

[2006] Carcò M, “Entrepreneurship Development in Developing Countries: the case of ARCEIT” in Nazioni Unite e Sviluppo Industriale, Franco Angeli.

[1993] Carcò M,  “Unido assistance to SME ”, Euromonitor.

[1990] Carcò M, “ Food Assistance and Child’s right to education”, Cooperazione.

[1988] Carcò M, “Social Aspect of international assistance to developing Countries”, Cooperazione. 

Silvia Carenzi

International politics area

Competences: al-Qa‘ida, Foreign Fighters, Institutionalized Islamist Groups, Islamic State, Islamist Armed Groups, Jihadism, Political Violence

Keywords: armed groups, international security, Islamism, terrorism

Region: Tuscany


PhD candidate in Transnational Governance at Scuola Normale Superiore and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

Professional career

In 2016, she was awarded a Master’s Degree (with honors) in Foreign Languages Applied to International Relations from Milan’s Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. In her dissertation, she analyzed the ideological and operational evolution of global jihadism. She subsequently worked as a researcher at the Center on Terrorism and International Radicalization, based at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Transnational Governance, a doctoral program jointly offered by Scuola Normale Superiore and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. She is part of the Cosmos network (The Centre on Social Movement Studies) at Scuola Normale Superiore.

Scientific results

Her research interests are mainly focused on jihadism and Islamism. In this respect, she examined the following aspects:the foreign fighters phenomenon; radicalization and recruitment in Europe; jihadist ideology; the evolution al-Qa‘ida and the self-styled Islamic State; institutionalized Islamist groups in the MENA region. At present, as part of her PhD research project, she aims to carry out a comparative analysis of jihadist groups’ political preferences, to understand why the opt for local- and/or global-oriented strategies.

Editorial work and publications

She authored and co-authored various analyses and contributions to edited reports or volumes, including the following:

[2018] Varvelli, A.and. Carenzi, S, Islamist-Inspired Groups After the Arab Spring. In A. Varvelli & K. Mezran (ed.), The Arc of Crisis in the MENA Region, Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) e Atlantic Council, settembre 

[2018] Vidino, L. and Carenzi, S., Terrorist Attacks. Youngsters and Jihadism in Europe. In IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2018, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), 

[2018] Carenzi, S., Il futuro di Daesh e la minaccia jihadista in Italia. In The Alpha Institute of Geopolitics and IntelligenceItalia: Security Report 2018, giugno, ISSN 2421-4272

[2018] Carenzi, S., Cosa rimane del califfato in Siria e Iraq?,  Focus Mediterraneo allargato n. 7, ISPI, aprile 2018

[2018] Vidino, L. and Carenzi, S., Jihadist Madrasat in Italy: A Background, ISPI Commentary, ISPI, 27 marzo,

[2018] Carenzi, S., Twenty Years After the World Islamic Front’s Statement: Where Is the Jihadist Galaxy Heading?, European Eye on Radicalization, 14 marzo,

[2017] Carenzi, S., Il ritorno dei foreign fighters europei: rischi e prospettive, ISPI Analysis N. 317,  6 novembre,

[2017] Varvelli, A. and Carenzi, S., Dopo il Califfato: quali scenari per lo Stato Islamico, Focus Mediterraneo allargato n. 5, ISPI, settembre 

[2017] Carenzi, S., L’evoluzione ideologica e operativa del jihadismo globale, Il mondo dell’intelligence, Sistema di informazione per la sicurezza della Repubblica, 5 settembre,

[2017] Carenzi, S., Terror Attack in Spain: What We Know So Far, Osservatorio Mashrek, 28 agosto,

[2017] Carenzi, S., Jihadismo in Europa: la minaccia del single-actor terrorism, Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale, 17 febbraio,

Awards and prizes

She is an affiliate member of the International Counter-Terrorism Youth Network (ICTYN), as part of its “Young Professionals” program.

Caterina Carta

International politics area

Competences: Cultural Diplomacy, European Foreign Policy, European Union, International Political Discourse Analysis, Public Diplomacy

Keywords: actors, change, ideas and representations, identity, institutions, political discourse, power, practices

Region: ABROAD


Programme Director of MA programmes of Diplomacy and Global Governance (MADAGG) and Global Security and Strategy (MAGSS). She is assistant professor of International Relations at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB)

Professional career

Caterina graduated in Political Science at the University of Catania. She got her PhD in Comparative and European Politics at the University of Siena, where she also held a post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Compagnia di San Paolo, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Volkswagen Stiftung. Later, she worked as researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). From 2012 to 2017, she worked at Vesalius College (VUB, Brussels), where she also served as associate dean for teaching. In June 2017, she has held a Canada Research Chair in Public Diplomacy and worked as an associate professor at the Université Laval in Quebec City. Since September 2019 she is Director of MA programmes of Diplomacy and Global Governance (MADAGG) and Global Security and Strategy (MAGSS). She is assistant professor of International Relations at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB).

Scientific results

Caterina followed the process of institution- and identity-building connected to the creation of the European Union External Action Service. Her studies have also highlighted the role of all European executive actors in the foreign and external policy decision-making process in the aftermath of the Lisbon Treaty. As an expert in political discourse, Caterina analyzed the discursive modalities that characterize the European Union’s public diplomacy. She also followed the evolution of the European strategic approach to international cultural relations and conducted a comparative study of the cultural diplomatic systems of France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany. Throughout her career, she has participated in several international research consortia. Lately, she has taken part in a study – led by the Université Laval and by the Université du Québec in Montreal – on the perspectives of the American allies in the matter of power transition.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Carta C. and Higgott R. (eds.), Cultural Diplomacy in Europe: Between the Domestic and the International, Palgrave. 

[2018] Carta C, ‘A rose by any other name’: Three competing ways of approaching Discourse Analysis, in International Studies Review, 20(1): 343-369.

[2017] Carta C, Gramsci and the Prince: Taking Machiavelli outside the Realist Courtyard?, in Review of International Studies, 43(2) 345–366.

[2015] Balfour R, Carta C. and Raik K, (eds.), The European External Action Service and National Diplomacies: From Complementarity to Convergence?, Ashgate.

 [2015] CartaC, The Swinging “We”: Framing the European Union International Discourse, in Journal of Language and Politics,14(1): 65-86. 

[2015] CartaC. andWodak R, Introduction: Discourse Analysis and the Borders of European Identity, inJournal of Language and Politics, 14(1): 1-17. 

[2014] CartaC. and Morin JF. (eds.), Making Sense of Diversity: EU’s Foreign Policy through the Lenses of Discourse Analysis, Ashgate.

[2014] CartaC,Use of Metaphors and International Discourse: the EU as an Idiot Power, a Deceptive Pangloss and a Don Giovanni in His Infancy, in Cooperation and Conflict,49(3): 334-353. 

[2014] CartaC. and Morin J. F, Struggling over Meanings: Discourses on EU’s International Presence, in Cooperation and Conflict, 49(3): 295-314.

[2014] Morin J. F. and CartaC, Overlapping and Evolving European Discourses on Market Liberalization, in British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 16(1): 117-132.

[2012] CartaC, The European Union Diplomatic Service: Ideas, Preferences and Identities, Routledge.

Awards and prizes

In June 2017, Caterina Carta has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Public Diplomacy by the Canadian Federal Government. 

Lucia Cartini

International politics area

Competences: Arab Region: Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, International Relations, Investment and Technology Promotion, Management of Technical Cooperation for Developing and Emerging Countries, North-South Cooperation

Keywords: Arab Region, emerging countries, Emerging countries, Inclusive and Sustainable industrial Development, Partnerships for Development, UN (United Nations)

Region: ABROAD


Senior Coordinator, Regional Division (Arab Region), at the Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria.

Professional career

Lucia Cartini holds a Master’s Degree from the University “Orientale” in Naples (Italy) in Economy, Politics, History and Development in the Arab Region. 

She also holds a Post-Graduate Executive Specialization in “Management of International Cooperation for Development” from Stoa Business School – Istituto di Studi per la Direzione e Gestione di Impresa, Naples - Italy.   

Lucia Cartini was a visiting Associate Researcher at IPALMO –  Istituto per le Relazioni tra Italia e i Paesi dell’Africa, America Latina, Medio ed Estremo Oriente, Rome – Italy.  

She has served the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for the last 24 years under various responsibilities. 

In 1994, she joined the United Nations as Junior Professional Officer (JPO) in the United Nations Developemnt Programe (UNDP) in Egypt and continued to work in the country till the end of 1999 as Investment Promotion Officer in a joint project between UNIDO and the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI). 

After the field experience, in 2000 she was reassigned to UNIDO Headquarters as Field Operation Officer in the Arab Regional Bureau of UNIDO where she was in charge of the technical cooperation portfolio of UNIDO in several Arab countries and in the region.  Furthermore, she was responsible to promote UNIDO’s cooperation with international and regional partners including the League of Arab States, ESCWA, AIDMO, the Islamic Development Bank, the Organization of Islamic Conference etc.  

In September 2006, she was appointed Deputy to the Director of the UNIDO Regional Office in Egypt. Throughout this period, the focus of her work was to mobilize resources and partners to expand UNIDO’s Technical Cooperation Programme, especially to strengthen the interactions with the UN Country team in Egypt and the donor community in general. 

In February 2011, Cartini moved to Vienna Headquarters to serve as he Coordinator of UNIDO’s Network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) in the Department of Trade, Technology and Innovation of the organization. In this capacity, Ms. Cartini has managed and monitored the operations of nine UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) both in emerging and industrialized countries:  Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; Bonn, Germany; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; Lagos, Nigeria; Beijing and Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China; Seoul, the Republic of Korea; and Moscow, the Russian Federation. 

During her assignment, she has been instrumental not only to secure, standardize and strengthen the operations of the Network but also to expand it by establishing two new strategic ITPOs i.e. ITPO Nigeria (the first ITPO in Africa) and ITPO Germany..

Since January 2019 to present, Lucia Cartini is acting as Senior Coordinator in the regional division for the Arab countries, which is responsible for the formulation and implementation of UNIDO strategy for the region, including the monitoring of technical cooperation activities and the operations of the organization’s field offices. 

Scientific results

Lucia Cartini has been working for more than 20 years for UN International Organisations dealing with issues of industrial and technological development, with particular reference to the MENA region (North Africa and the Middle East) and to Arab Countries. In particular his activity has been focussing on developing technical assistance projects and incentives to promote investments in the Arab Region.

Editorial work and publications

As a staff member, she has contributed and is contributing to several UNIDO publications related to investment and technology, lessons learned and best practices in international development cooperation.

She authored: “Resoconto di un Dibattito” in Politica Internazionale, Rivista bimestrale dell'IPALMO Istituto per le Relazioni tra Italia e i Paesi dell’Africa, America Latina, Medio ed Estremo Oriente, Rome, Italy, 1994.

Awards and prizes

Ms. Cartini has been awarded as honourable guest and speaker by several partner institutions for contributing to international fora and workshops.

In 2013 she received a merit promotion by the Director General of UNIDO for her dedication, long-service, effort and achievement as a staff member of the organization.

Enrica Chiappero

International politics area

Competences: Development Economy, Political Economy

Keywords: development, human development, poverty

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia.

Professional career

She got a degree in Political Sciences, with Major in Economics and a PhD in Public Economics. She teaches Economics, Human progress and Sustainable Development, Development Economics and Cooperation at undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Pavia and Human Development in Master programs abroad.

She is the head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences and President of the Santa Caterina University College. She is among the founders of the Human Development and Capability Association and Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, the academic journal of the Association. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan. She has been Extraordinary Professor alt the Department of Economics, University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She also teaches at the Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Scientific results

Her main research interests are on poverty and human development measurement, inequalities (of income and in other dimensions as well) including gender inequalities, vulnerability and marginalization, social innovation.

She has been principal investigator of numerous European and International research projects on the above-mentioned topics.

Editorial work and publications

She is co-editor with Mozaffar Qizilbash and Siddiq Osmani of the forthcoming Handbook of the Capability Approach published by Cambridge University Press. 

Below the most recent ten scientific publications:

[2019] Chiappero E. Estimating conversion rates: a new empirical strategy with an application to healthcare in Italy (co-authors Paola Salardi, Francesco Scervini), Health Economics (2019, forthcoming)  

[2019] Chiappero E. Eliciting, Applying and Exploring Multidimensional Welfare Weights: Evidence from the Field(co-author Lucio Esposito), Review of Income and Wealth (2019, forthcoming)

[2018] Chiappero E. From resources to functioning: Rethinking and measuring conversion rates (co-authors: Paola Salardi and Francesco Scervini), in Comim F., Shailaja Fennell and P.B. Anand, New frontiers of the Capability Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 232-245, 

[2018] Chiappero E. Third sector and capability-oriented policies(co-authors: G. Acconcia and P. Graziano), in H.U. Otto, M. Walker and H. Ziegler (eds.), Capability-promoting policies enhancing individual and social development, Policy Press, 2018, pp.147-163,

[2017] Chiappero E. Chronic and late poverty as the main concerns in a twofold survey on inter-temporal welfare preferences (co-author: Lucio Esposito), in Journal of International Development, oct 2017

[2017] Chiappero E. Improving the quality of life of disavantaged young people in Europe (co-authored), in Atzmüller, Bonvin, Edgell and Otto (eds), Empowering young people in disempowering times. Fighting Inequality Through Capability Oriented Policies, Edward Elgar Publisher 2017, pp. 251-261.

[2017] Chiappero E. The participation of the young in the European Union (co-authors: Goffette, Vero, Graham, Raeside, Spreafico and Peruzzi), in Atzmüller, Bonvin, Edgell and Otto (eds), Empowering young people in disempowering times. Fighting Inequality Through Capability Oriented, Edward Elgar Publisher 2017, pp. 39-53.

[2017] Chiappero E. Social Innovation, Individuals and Societies: An Empirical Investigation of Multi-layered Effects(co-author: N. von Jacobi) in Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, vol. 8, n. 2, 2017, pp.271-301.

[2017] Chiappero E. Creating (economic) space for social innovation(co-authors: Molnár György, Nadia von Jacobi, Rafael Ziegler), Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, vol. 18, n. 2, 2017, pp. 293-298.

[2017] Chiappero E. Corrosive Disadvantages and Intersectionality: empirical evidence on multidimensional inequality amongst young people in Europe( co-authors: A.M.C. Spreafico and A. D. Peruzzi), in H. U. Otto,S. Pantazis, H. Ziegler and A. Pots (eds.), Human Development in Times of Crisis: renegotiating social justice, Palgrave McMillan,  2017, pp. 39-62.


[2011] Chiappero E, S. Moroni, G. Nuvolati (a cura di) Gli spazi della povertà. Strumenti di indagine e politiche di intervento,  Bruno Mondadori, 2011.

[2011] Chiappero E. Politiche per uno sviluppo umano sostenibile, Carocci Editore, 2011.

[2010] Chiappero E. Sviluppo umano sostenibile, capability approach e cooperazione internazionale (co-autore Mario Biggeri), in “Temi avanzati di economia e politica della cooperazione internazionale allo sviluppo”, a cura di M.Biggeri e G. Canitano, 2010, Franco Angeli, Milano, pp. 37-54.

[2009] Chiappero E. Sviluppo umano sostenibile e qualità della vita. Modelli economici e politiche pubbliche, (co- editor: Stefano Pareglio), Carocci Editore, 2009.


Luisa Chiodi

International politics area

Competences: European Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, Social and Political Sciences

Keywords: Balkan route, Balkans, civil society, democracy, Eastern Europe, European decision-making process, european integration, human rights, media freedom and European public sphere, migrations, participation of civil society, politics of memory, post-comunism, public history, Saouth-East Europe, transnational dynamics

Region: Trentino-Alto Adige


Director of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT), operative unit of the Centre for International Cooperation

Professional career

PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute of Fiesole (FI), degree in Political science at the University of Milan. She has been the scientific director of OBCT since 2006.From 2003 to 2008, she was a lecturer in History and Institutions of Eastern Europe at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Bologna. She has taught European affairs in several university courses in Italy and abroad (universities of Florence, Siena, Trento, Bergamo, Turin, University of Salento, Sarajevo). She has served as referee for various scientific journals including: Croatian International Relation Review; Albanian Journal of Politics; the series of university publications of the Carocci publishing house and the Italian magazine Diacronie. Between 2003 and 2005, she was a researcher for the Institute for Eastern and Balkan Europe (IECOB/ CECOB) and coordinated, among other things, the European research project funded by the V Framework Programme: Functional Borders and Sustainable Security. Integrating the Balkans in the European Union. From 1995 to 1999, she held various temporary positions with international governmental organisations (OSCE; World Bank) and non-governmental organisations (ICS).

Scientific results

She has coordinated several research projects as director of the OBCT and for the Institute for Eastern and Balkan Europe (IECOB), focusing on civil society and transnational social dynamics. She has led OBCT's national and European affirmation for over a decade, developing an original think-tank model on European affairs that combines information, research, training, dissemination, and advocacy and acts as a link between scientific knowledge and European public opinions, between academia and journalism; between civil and political society; and between Eastern and Western European countries. Today, showing a strong propensity to animate European networks, OBCT fosters the participation of civil society in international politics, offers its own contribution to the growth of the European public sphere, and raises public awareness on areas at the heart of many European challenges.

Editorial work and publications

She contributes to the publications of her organization with articles, policy papers, and volumes:

[2017] Chiodi L. La società civile europea contro il reato di solidarietà, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa

[2015] Chiodi L. Un'iniziativa dal basso per la libertà di informazione in Europa, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa,

[2014] Chiodi L. Nuova commissione: più vicinato, meno allargamento?, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa,

[2014] Chiodi L.Macroregione Adriatico-ionica: potenzialità e limiti, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa,

[2011] Chiodi L. L'89 senza l'Europa: il contagio democratico nel mondo arabo, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa,

Full list here:

Publications with other Italian and European think tanks:

[2018] Chiodi L. Western Balkans-EU Integration: Why Italy Should Take the Lead, ISPI on-line, Milano.

[2017] Chiodi L., Bona M. Balcani: democrazia e movimenti sociali, Istituto Affari Internazionali.

[2016] Chiodi L., Martino F. La rotta balcanicaRapporto sulla protezione internazionale in Italia 2016, edito da Caritas Italiana, pp. 24-27.

[2015] Chiodi L., Simili B. Non c’è più tempo. Barriere, cemento, filo spinato Il Mulino online,

[2014] Chiodi L. The Ongoing EU Enlargement and the Public Spheres in the Western Balkans, ISPI Studies.

Publications on academic books and reviews:

[2019] Chiodi L. Youth as social actor in the Albanian Transition to democracy, in A. Rama (edited by), The End of the Communist Rule in Albania: Political Change and the role of the Student Movement,  London: Routledge.

[2015] Chiodi L. L'allargamento inevitabile? Un processo da compiere tra fatiche e novità politiche, Quaderni del Circolo Rosselli, 1/2015.

[2012] Chiodi L. Mass Migration, Student Protests and the Intelligentsia Popullore in the Albanian Transition to Democracy, COSMOS WP 2012/2, Department of political and social sciences, European University Institute.

Awards and prizes

Premio Fabbricatore di idee 2012, Città dell'Impresa.

Annalisa Ciampi

International politics area

Competences: European Union, Human Rights, International Law

Keywords: fundamental rights, International arbitration, International Criminal Court, international trade networks, investments, migration, UN (United Nations)

Region: Veneto


Full professor of International Law, Verona University and Visiting Professor of European Human Rights Law, Monash University

Professional career

She graduated magna cum laudefrom the University of Florence (Juris Doctor, 1993), has a Masters’ Degree from Harvard Law School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar,and a PhD in International Law from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ (1998).  She is currently a Professor of International Law at the University of Verona in Italy (2012- ) and a Visiting Professor of European Human Rights Law at Monash University (Prato Centre, 2015- ). She is also an Attorney at Law and a member of the Italian Bars of Florence and of the Court of Cassation.

In Italy, she taught at the Universities of Florence, Trento, Macerata and Catanzaro. Prior to Monash, she was a visiting professor of international law at the Academy of European Law, European University Institute (2008) and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Paris II (2009).

She served as a legal adviser to the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs on issues of international and EU law. She also served as an expert to the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law of the Council of Europe (CAHDI) and acted as co-agent for the Government of Italy to the European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber), in the case Markovic vs Italy (judgment of 14 December 2005).

She served in various capacities in international organizations, including as amicus curie before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court, as visiting professional with the Legal and Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as as ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights, member of the European Committee of Social Rights and, most recently, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

She is a member of the leading professional associations of international lawyers worldwide, including ACUNS (where she also serves to Board of Directors for the term 2017-2020) and ASIL.

Scientific results

She is an international and EU law expert. Her current areas of research include human rights, international criminal and humanitarian law, the UN, international trade and arbitration as well as the interface between international law, history, art and literature.  

Editorial work and publications


[2007] Ciampi A., Sanzioni del Consiglio di sicurezza e diritti umani(Milano: Giuffrè), pp. IV-500, ISBN: 88-14-13598-3

[2003] Ciampi A.,L’assunzione di prove all’estero in materia penale(with a summary in English)(Padova: Cedam), pp. XII-669, ISBN: 88-13-24704-4

Book chapters

[2019] Ciampi A., "La Cour pénale internationale et les Nations Unies", in J. Fernandez, X. Pacreau (eds.), Statut de Rome de la Cour pénale internationale. Commentaire article par article, 2nded., Paris: Editions A. Pedone

[2019] Ciampi A., "Kafka’s Trial and the EU Dublin Asylum System", in D. Carpi (ed.), Monsters and Monstrosity, Berlin: Degruyter, 221-234

[2016] Ciampi A., "L’effetto diretto «invertito» dell’art. 325 del Trattato sul funzionamento dell’Unione europea", in C. Paonessa, l. Zilletti (eds.), Dal giudice garante al giudice disapplicatore delle garanzie. I nuovi scenari della soggezione al diritto dell'Unione europea: a proposito della sentenza della Corte di giustizia Taricco, Pisa: Pacini Giuridica, 17-32, ISBN: 978-88-6995-051-3

[2011] Ciampi A., "Invalidity and Termination of Treaties and Rules of Procedure", in E. Cannizzaro (ed.), The Law of Treaties Beyond the Vienna Convention, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 360-377, ISBN: 978-0-19-958891-6 

[2011] Ciampi A., "Security Council Targeted Sanctions and Human Rights", in B. Fassbender (ed.), Securing Human Rights? Achievements and Challenges of the UN Security Council, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 98-140, ISBN: 978-0-19-964149-9


[2018] Ciampi A., "The Divide between Human Rights, International Trade, Investment and Development Law",German Yearbook of International Law, 61, 1-43, ISSN: 0344-3094 

[2018] Ciampi A., "Can the EU Ensure Respect for the Rule of Law by Its Member States? The Case of Poland", Osservatorio sulle fonti, 11, 3, 1-14, ISSN 2038-5633

[2017] Ciampi A., (Vision) "Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association” to the General Assembly (72ndsession), UN Doc. A/72/135, July 14, 2017,

[2016] Ciampi A., "Il referendum per la Brexit: esiti e possibili scenari", Osservatorio sulle fonti, 9, 2, 1-6, ISSN 2038-5633

[2011] Ciampi A., "Problemi relativi all'attuale regime giuridico del Trattato di amicizia Italia-Libia",Osservatorio sulle fonti, 4, 2, 1-14,ISSN 2038-5633

[2011] Ciampi A., "L'ipotesi dell'estradizione condizionata di Battisti dal Brasile all'Italia", Rivista di diritto internazionale, 94, 183-187, ISSN: 0035-6158

[2001] Ciampi A.,"BaraldiniItalian Constitutional Court decision regarding release of prisoner convicted in the United states and transferred following agreement that the full sentence would be served", American Journal of International Law, 95, 919-927, ISSN: 0002-9300

[1999] Ciampi A., "Public Prosecutorv. AshbyItalian decision on jurisdiction under NATO Status of Forces Agreement to try U.S. military officers for deaths caused when aircraft severed ski lift cable", American Journal of International Law, 93, 219-224, ISSN: 0002-9300

Awards and prizes

Fulbright Scholar to Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA) (1995-1996)

Seminario Associazione di Studi e Ricerche Parlamentari “Silvano Tosi”, University of Florence, Grant (1994)

Soroptimist Award for the Best Dissertation Thesis, Law School, Florence (1993)

“Stucchi Prinetti” Award for the Best Graduate, Law School, Florence (1993)

Teresa Coratella

International politics area

Competences: European Neighborhood Policy, Europe as a Global Player, Foreign Policy of Poland, Italian Foreign Policy

Keywords: advocacy, communication, Europe, European Union, foreign policy, Italy-Russia relations, Poland

Region: Lazio


Program manager ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations), Rome

Professional career

Teresa Coratella is the programme manager at ECFR’s Rome office. She joined ECFR in 2011, and previously worked for the Warsaw-based Institute for Eastern Studies as partnership manager and analyst for southern Europe. She holds an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin Campus, with a focus on the EU as a regional actor. A graduate in political science and international relations and native Polish-Italian, her main areas of interest are Polish and Italian foreign policy and the EU’s eastern neighbourhood.

Scientific results

Teresa Coratella follows for ECFR the developments and dynamics of Italian foreign policy and the role of Italy in Europe. Thanks to her specialization in EU as a global actor and policy and her mother tongue knowledge of Polish, she follows closely the developments in the eastern neighborhood of Europe and the related European political processes. 

Editorial work and publications

Her recent contributions include:

[July 2019] Coratella T., Salvini goes global, ECFR.

[June 2019] Dennison S., Leonard M., and Zerka P., with contributions from Coratella T., Janning J., Mendel-Nykorowycz A., Ignacio Torreblanca J., How to govern a fragmented EU: What Europeans said at the ballot box, ECFR.

[May 2019] Coratella T.,Poland and Italy: Best of frenemies, ECFR. 

[April 2019] Coratella T.,Italy’s distracted political elite, ECFR.

[March 2019] Coratella T., Italy's Chinese dilemma, ECFR.

[July 2018] Coratella T., The League of Leagues: Pan-European cooperation against the EU, ECFR.

Awards and prizes

Teresa Coratella is a member of WIIS Italy, of the think tank Trinità dei Monti e and she is an Ancienne of the College of Europe.

Tiziana Corda

International politics area

Competences: Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations, Political Regimes, Political Science, Political Violence, Sanctions

Keywords: Africa, East Africa, Horn of Africa, Iran, Persian Gulf

Region: Lombardy


Phd Candidate in Political Studies at University of Milan.

Professional career

Tiziana Corda is pursuing a PhD in Political Studies at the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies (NASP) of the University of Milan, Italy. Currently, she is also collaborating on a project of the University of Sussex and funded by the European Research Council (ERC) on Violence, Elites, and Resilience in States Under Stress (VERSUS), focusing mostly on Ethiopia. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Africa Programme of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan, at a local NGO in Cape Town, South Africa, and at the EU’s European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels, Belgium.

Scientific results

Within the framework of her doctoral thesis, her research activity focuses on the analysis of international sanctions, specifically the institutional factors and decision-making processes inside the regimes targeted by sanctions which affect their overall effectiveness. Empirical analysis is drawn mostly from cases of sanctions imposed on African countries as well as Iran. Within the framework of her collaboration on the ERC-funded research project VERSUS, instead, she focuses on the analysis of political crises and conflicts in Ethiopia. Overall, her research and teaching activities include international politics; geopolitics; foreign policy analysis, geopolitics, the African agenda of extra-continental powers, especially those of the Gulf; conflicts and political transitions in the Horn of Africa, with a focus on Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

Editorial work and publications

Her recent contributions include:

[2021] Corda, T. Not All Plain Sailing: The Highs and Lows of Iran's Scramble for the Horn of Africa, in C. Branco and F. Leandro, Geopolitics of Iran, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

[2021] Corda, T. Ankara's Africa Policy: An Overview, The International Spectator, 56(3), ahead of print.

[2018] Corsa al Corno d’Africa: interessi globali e competizione regionale, Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale del Parlamento Italiano, n.141, (con G. Dentice e M. Procopio). 

[2016] Recovering Regional Power: The Islamic Republic under Rouhani’s Presidency, Il Politico - Rivista Italiana di Scienze Politiche (Ed. Rubbettino).

Other policy briefs and articles appeared in the al-Sharq Strategic Research, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), the Italian Institute of Political Studies (ISPI), Treccani, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). 

Francesca Maria Corrao

International politics area

Competences: Arabic Culture, Arabic Language, Cultural Anthropology, History of Middle East, History of North Africa, Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, Mediterranean studies, Multiculturalism, Political Discourse Analysis, Political Thought in Arab World

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, identity, pandemics, political thought, resilience

Region: Lazio


Full professor of Arabic language and culture ane Director of the Master Mislam. Institutions and Economy of the Middle East and North Africa at LUISS Carlo Guidi University, Rome

Professional career

Ph.D. at Rome University “La Sapienza”, and Master in Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo. Former professor at the Napoli “L’Orientale”. Her studies are focused on literature, hystory and culture of Arab countries. 

Scientific results

She coordinated the publication of the secret correspondence between the leaders of the Young Turks and Muhammad Farid, the leader of the Egyptian National party (1912-14). She did the first translation in a European language of a manuscript of the Mamluke age.

Editorial work and publications

[2020] Corrao F.M. Oltre il Mediterraneo: il covid-19 nel mondo arabo. Luiss Open,

[2020] Corrao F.M. "Uno sguardo al di là del nostro giardino", in Pandemia e resilienza. PErsona, comunità e modelli di sviluppo dopo la Covid-19. Consulta Scientifica dei Cortili Gentili, a cura di C. Caporale e A. Pirni.

[2020] Corrao F.M. Emergency and solidarity : an Islamic perspective” in The Bulletin of The Institute of Oriental Philosophy n. 36, 2020 TOKIO JAPAN ISSN 0912-0610 

[2018] Corrao F.M. e Violante L. L’Islam non è terrorismo, ed. Il Mulino

[2017] Eyadat Z, Corrao F.M. Hashas M,Islam, State and ModernityMohammed Abed Al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World, Editors: Z. Eyadat, F.M. Corrao, M.Hashas, Palgrave Macmillan US

[2017] Corrao F.M. Islam Religion and Politics, LUISS University Press (Islam Religione e politica, LUP 2015);

[2017] Corrao F.M. Reflections on Education and Culture in al-Jabri’s Thought in Islam, State and Modernity. Mohammed Abed Al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World, Editors: Z. Eyadat, F.M. Corrao, M.Hashas, Palgrave Macmillan US 9781-1-137-59760-1

[2015] Corrao F.M. Diaspora araba ed emancipazione culturale, in Gli Studi Interculturali: teorie e pratiche nel contesto degli scambi culturali con la sponda Sud del Mediterraneo, a cura di Franca Sinopoli e Isabella Camera d’Afflitto, Roma Libreria Editrice Orientalia

[2014] Corrao F.M. Médias et conflicts: l’Europe vue par les Arabes, in D. Bendo-Soupou, Le Monde arabe et l’Europe. Entre conflicts et paix, ed. l’Harmattan, pp. 101-110

[2014] Corrao F.M. The Relevance of a Humanistic Education to Intercultural Dialogue, in TŌYŌ TETSUGAKU KENKYŪJO KIYŌ, ed. THE INSTITUTE OF ORIENTAL PHILOSOPHY, vol. 30, Tokyo, pp. 51-62 

[2014] Corrao F.M., Maffettone S. Arab Minorities, Liberalism, and Multiculturalismin Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World, ed. E. Poefstl W. Kymlicka, Oxford University Press, pp. 138-172

[2014] Corrao F.M. L’Evoluzione Culturale all’Origine delle Rivoluzioni Arabe, in Economia e Istituzioni dei Paesi del Mediterraneo, a cura di Eugenia Ferragina – Adalgiso Amendola, ed. Il Mulino

[2014] Corrao F.M. Donne Islamiche in Italia: ieri e oggi, in Musulmane d’Italia, a cura di E. Poefstl, ed. Bordeaux, pp.19-56

[2011] Corrao F.M. Le rivoluzioni arabe. La transizione mediterranea, Mondadori Università

[2003] Corrao F.M. Le opinioni e l’informazione nei Paesi arabo-islamici dopo l’11 settembre, a cura di F. M. Corrao, volumetto allegato a “Giano”, n. 40

Awards and prizes

International Career Arward for translation Gherardo da Cremona, Toledo University and Anna Lindh Foundation 2016; Minerva National Awards for Culture, XXII edition 2016.

President of the cultural committee of the Fondazione Orestiadi di Gibellina. Member of the UEAI (Union of European Arabist and Islamist), and the EMTAR (European professor of Modern Arabic Literature), and Researcher at the IOP (Institute of Oriental Philosophy) at the Soka University in Tokyo. Visiting professor in different Universities: Cairo, Beirut, Tunis, Rabat, Paris Inalco and Sciencepò, Cambridge and Harvard.

Irene Costantini

International politics area

Competences: Africa, Analysis of Conflits, Humanitarian Interventions, International Relations, Middle East

Keywords: conflict, humanitarian interventions, Iraq, Libya, peace building, state building

Region: Campania


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in International Relations at Università di Napoli, L’Orientale.

Professional career

Irene Costantini graduates cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Rome, LA Sapienza in 2010 and gains a MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in 2011. In April 2015, she completes her Ph.D in International Studies at the School of International Studies, University of Trento with a dissertation entitled: “Statebuilding versus State Formation: the political economy of transition in Iraq e Libya”. After her doctorate, she works as a Research Fellow at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York and at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI), Erbil, Iraq. Since Dicember 2017, she is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Naples L’Orientale. 

Scientific results

She has been researching and teaching on conflict dynamics, the politics of international interventions in conflict-affected areas and the post-conflict transitions in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on Iraq and Libya. She collaborated in different research projects, including “Drivers for Onward migration: the case of Iraqi IDPs in the Kurdistan Region leaving the country (2016-2017, NWO funding). 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of various publications, including: 

[2019] Costantini I. & Palani K., “Unpacking the displacement-migration nexus: evidence from northern Iraq”, International Migration, first published September 6, 2019. 

[2019] Belloni R. & Costantini I., “From Liberal Statebuilding to Counterinsurgency and Stabilization: the International Intervention in Iraq”, Ethnopolitics, 18 (5): 509–525. 

[2019] Costantini I. & O’Driscoll, D. “Practices of exclusion, narratives of inclusion: violence, population movements and identity politics in post-2014 northern Iraq”, Ethnicities, first published June, 27, 2019. 

[2019] Costantini I. & Hanau Santini R., “Saudi Arabia’s Regional Space-shaping: making or unmaking a region? (with Ruth Hanau Santini). In: Giusti Serana & Mirkina Irina (eds). The EU in a trans-European Space. External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan: 113–131. 

[2019] Costantini I. “State building”. In: Il trono di sabbia. Stato, nazioni e potere in Medio Oriente. A cura di: Giacomo Bottos, Francesco Rustichelli, Francesco Salesio Schiavi, Jacopo Scita e Gabriele Sirtori. Torino: Rosenberg & Sellier, in collaborazione con Pandora Rivista: 67–81. 

[2018] Costantini, I. Statebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa: the aftermath of regime change. Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding series. Abingdon: Routledge.

[2017] Costantini I. “Conflict and Peace in the Mediterranean Space: Europe’s response to the Libyan crisis.” In: Muriam Haleh Davis and Thomas Serres (eds), North Africa and the Making of Europe: governance, institutions, and culture, London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing: 223–242.

[2017] Costantini, I. “La partita degli sfollati di Iraq”. Limes, Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica, 7: 69–74. 

[2017] Costantini I. “A neoliberal rentier system: new challenges and past economic trajectories in Iraq”. The International Spectator, 52 (1): 61–75. 

[2016] Costantini I. “Conflict Dynamics in post-2011 Libya: a political economy perspective, Conflict, Security & Development16 (5): 405–422. 

[2013] Costantini I. “Statebuilding and foreign direct investment. The case of post-2003 Iraq”. International Peacekeeping, 20 (3): 263–279. 

[2012] Costantini I. “Economic issues in war-to-peace transitions: old and new challenges”, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 6 (4): 427–435. 

Federica Dall'Arche

International politics area

Competences: Disarmament, International Security, Nuclear International Diplomacy, WMD Diplomacy

Keywords: arms control, gender dimension in peace processes, Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction WMD (biological, chemical, nuclear)

Region: Lazio


Senior Researcher at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and Consultant for Office V of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Professional career

After graduating summa cum laude in Political Science at the University of Roma Tre, and winning a full merit scholarship for an exchange programme at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Federica Dall'Arche obtained her Master's degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), California. In 2014, she won the Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize for best MIIS paper on Human Trafficking and concluded an internship at the Asian-Pacific Center for Security Studies, a US Department of Defense academic institute. She was the recipient of the United Nations Security Council Monitor Fellowship at the Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), as well as the Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Fellowship at Pacific Forum – Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She also worked at Deloitte UK, and as Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), at the William Tell Coleman Library, and at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), in Rome, and, as a free-lance collaborator for the online magazine 

Currently, she is a Senior Researcher at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and Consultant for Office V of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Scientific results

Federica Dall'Arche's research topics are non-proliferation and disarmament, and gender dimensions in international security. 

Editorial work and publications

She is the main editor of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium monthly newsletterand the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network Newsletter.

[2017] Dall’Arche F.,Countering Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Adherence to WMD-Related Regimes in the Asia Pacific, 29 Agosto, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2017] Dall’Arche F.,CSCAP Study Group on Nonproliferation and Disarmament in the Asia-Pacific, 25 Maggio, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2016] Dall’Arche F.,Nuclear Governance in Asia after the Nuclear Security Summit Process, 6 Dicembre, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2016] Dall’Arche F., Toward A US-China Strategic Partnership on Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security, 12 Settembre, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2016] Dall’Arche F.,US - China Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Dialogue, Agosto, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2016] Dall’Arche F.,Dialogue on Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia,  Agosto, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2015] Dall’Arche F.,Arms trade, Small Arms and Gender Based Violence, 12 Novembre, Women International League for Peace and Freedom

[2015] Dall’Arche F.,From Space Debris to Space Governance: Space Security Index 2015,  26 Ottobre, First Committee Monitor, Reaching Critical Will

[2015] Dall’Arche F.,Harnessing Tools and Technologies for Nuclear Disarmament, 19 Ottobre, First Committee Monitor, Reaching Critical Will

[2015] Dall’Arche F.,Overview of the Security Council Open Debate on Women and Peace and Security, 14 Ottobre, Women International League for Peace and Freedom

[2015] Dall’Arche F., ISIS and its hostages: an Overview, 11 February, Centro Studi di Geopolitica e Relazioni Internazionali -

Awards and prizes

Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation Fellowship 2016 - 2017

United Nation Security Council Monitor Fellow 2015

Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize Fund Apr - 2014

Monterey Institute Merit Scholarship 2013 - 2015

Betty and David Jones Language (Full) Scholarship Jun 2013

Full merit extra-European scholarship - University of Roma Tre 2010 – 2011

Silvia D'Amato

International politics area

Competences: European Security, International Relations, Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Keywords: Europe, West Africa

Region: Tuscany


Assistant Professor at Leiden University.

Professional career

Silvia D’Amato holds a bachelor degree in International Studies from the University of Florence and a master degree in International and Diplomatic Science from the University of Bologna (Forli Campus). She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the Scuola Normale Superiore recognised worth of publication and granted cum laude. As postdoctoral research she has been involved within the H202 RESPOND project at the University of Florence. She has been Max Weber research fellow at the European University Institute and Adjunct Professor for James Madison University and the University of Bologna and she is currently Assistant Professor for the Terrorism and Political Violence (TPV) group at Leiden University. 

Scientific results

During her Master studies, Silvia D’Amato worked on forms of political violence with specific attention on civil wars in West Africa. During her doctoral studies, she specifically focused on dynamics of terrorism and responses of counterterrorism in Europe from a comparative perspective. Her research interests include international politics and security, terrorism & counterterrorism foreign policy, military interventions. 

Editorial work and publications

Latest publications

[2021] D'Amato S. and Sachoulidou A. "European transnationalism between successes and shortcomings: threats, strategies and actors under the microscope", Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 1-8.

[2021] D'Amato S. "Patchwork of counterterrorism: analyzing European types of cooperation in Sahel", International Studies Review, 0: 1-23.

[2020] D'Amato S. & Baldaro E. "Jihadi paranoia: why we (still) need to rethink the debate on terrorism and political violence", Open Democracy.

[2019] D’Amato, S. Cultures of Counterterrorism: French and Italian approaches to terrorism in the post 9/11. Routledge. 

[2019] D’Amato, S., Lucarelli S. "Talking Migration: Narratives of Migration and Justice Claims in the European Migration System of Governance", The International Spectator, 54(3): 1-17. 

[2019] D’Amato, S., Lavizzari, A. "The Migration Triangle: Narratives, Justice and the Politics of Migration in France", The International Spectator, 54(3): 37-53.

[2019] Baldaro, E.,D’Amato, S. & Giurati, T. "The CorsAfrique: The Corsican milieu in Africa, between business and raison d’Etat", European Review of Organized Crime, 5(1):36-59.

[2019] D’Amato, S., "Islamisation of criminal behaviour: the path to terrorism? Terrorist threat and crime in French counterterrorism policy-formulation". Special Issue ‘Jihadism and Crime in Europe’, European Journal of Criminology. 

[2018] Coticchia, F., D’Amato, S. "Can you hear me Major Tom? News, narratives and contemporary military operations: the case of the Italian mission in Afghanistan", European Security, 27(2): 224-244.

[2018] D’Amato, S.,  "From BR to ISIS. The Italian domestic and international response to terrorism", European Politics and Society, 19(4): 416-434. 

[2018] D’Amato, S., Terlizzi, A., Federico, V. Comparative Database on Migration, RESPOND.

[2018] D’Amato, S., Pannia, P. & Federico, V. National Country Report: Italy. Working Paper, RESPOND.

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Marta Dassù

International politics area

Competences: Foreign Policy, International Politics, Security

Keywords: energy, Europe, United States, women

Region: Lazio


Senior Advisor of European Affairs at The Aspen Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Aspen Institute Italia’s journal, Aspenia

Professional career

She was Italy’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2011 to February 2014. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Leonardo, Trevi Finanziaria and Fondazione eni Enrico Mattei. Executive President of Women for Expo and Vice President of The Center for American Studies in Rome. She sits on the Board of Directors of IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali), as well as on the Board of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She is member of the Advisory Council of the European Policy Centre in Brussels and a member of the scientific committee of the LUISS School of Government in Rome.

Scientific results

Marta Dassù is a renowned author and scholar of international politics. Her experience in the foreign policy sector has led her to cover important institutional and governmental positions. A great expert of European and American politics, she is a specialist on Security issues.
Marta Dassù is also an international expert on gender issues and in particular related to "women empowermentins She chairs WE - Women Empower the World Executive Committee, born from the positive experience of WE-Women for Expo to support the visibility of the "gender dimension" in international relations and global challenges.

Editorial work and publications

Marta Dassù is autrice di numerose pubblicazioni, fra le quali:

[2019] Dassù M. (con Edoardo Campanella), Anglo Nostalgia. The politics of emotion in a fractured West, Hurst and Oxford University Press. 

[2009] Dassù M, Mondo Privato e altre storie, Bollati Boringhieri.

Awards and prizes

She was awarded the Légion d'Honneur. She is Cavaliere di Gran Croce della Repubblica italiana.

Elisabetta De Giorgi

International politics area

Competences: Comparative Politics, Political Science

Keywords: parliamentary opposition, parliaments, political parties, Southern Europe

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Trieste.

Professional career

Graduated in Political Science at the University of Bologna (2003), she obtained the title of Master in European Parliamentary Institutions and Constitutional History at the University of Rome La Sapienza (2004) and the PhD in Comparative and European Politics at the University of Siena (2008). She then worked as a research fellow at the University of Siena until 2011, to then move to Lisbon in 2012, with a post-doc fellowship and, starting from 2016, as a fixed-term researcher at the Universidade NOVA of Lisbon. At the end of 2018 she returned to Italy, as a fixed-term senior researcher at the University of Trieste, where she still works as an Associate Professor of Political Science. She has been assistant editor of the journal South European Society and Politics since 2016 and managing editor of the Italian Political Science Review since 2019. Since 2022 she has been co-chair of the Standing Group Government, Parliament, Representation of the Italian Political Science Association.

Scientific results

Her main research interests are the comparative analysis of representative institutions in contemporary political systems and the study of the behaviour of the various institutional actors in the parliamentary arena, with particular attention to the role and characteristics of parliamentary opposition. Over the years, her research has focused on Italy and, starting from the economic crisis of the Eurozone, also on Southern Europe more broadly, with a special focus on the Portuguese case. She has participated in and coordinated national and international research projects on these issues, based both in Italy and in Portugal and is currently head of the Trieste research unit within the PRIN Democracy under Pressure project and member of the research teams of several international projects, based in Portugal and Spain.

Editorial work and publications

De Giorgi, E., Dias, A. e Dolny, B. (2021) New Challenger Parties in Opposition: Isolation or Cooperation?, Parliamentary Affairs, Vo.74, no.3.

De Giorgi, E. e Santana-Pereira, J. (2020) The Exceptional Case of Post-Bailout Portugal: A Comparative Outlook, South European Society and Politics, Vol.15, no.2.

Moury, C., De Giorgi, E. e Pita Barros, P. (2020) How to Combine Public Spending with Fiscal Rigour? ‘Austerity by Stealth’ in Post-Bailout Portugal (2015-2019), South European Society and Politics, Vol.15, no.2.

De Giorgi, E. e Dias, A. (2020) Divided, but not by much: the parties of the centre right between government and opposition, Contemporary Italian Politics, Vol.12, no.2.

De Giorgi, E. e Cancela, J. (2019) The Portuguese Radical Left Parties Supporting Government: From Policy-Takers to Policymakers?, Government and Opposition, Vol.56, no.2.

De Giorgi, E. e Ilonszki, G. (a cura di) (2018) Opposition parties in European legislatures. Conflict or consensus?, Abingdon, Routledge.

De Giorgi, E. (2016) L’opposizione parlamentare in Italia. Dall’antiberlusconismo all’antipolitica, Roma, Carocci.

De Giorgi, E. e Santana-Pereira, J. (2016) The 2015 Portuguese Legislative Election: Widening the Coalitional Space and Bringing the Extreme Left in, South European Society & Politics, Vol. 21, no. 4. 

Moury, C. e De Giorgi, E. (2015) Introduction: Conflict and consensus in Parliament during the economic crisis, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 21, no. 1.

De Giorgi, E., Moury, C., Ruivo, J.P. (2015) Incumbents, opposition and international lenders: governing Portugal in times of crisis, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 21, no. 1.

De Giorgi, E. (2015) The evolution of the Italian opposition in the last twenty years: has anything changed?, Contemporary Italian Politics, Vol. 7, no.1.

De Giorgi, E. e Marangoni, F. (2015) Government laws and the opposition parties’ behaviour in parliament, Acta Politica, 50.

Donatella Della Ratta

International politics area

Competences: International Politics, Media

Keywords: internet, Middle East, social media, Syria, technology

Region: Lazio


Assistant professor of communications and media studies at John Cabot University, Rome.

Professional career

Background in Media Studies with a specialization in Arabic-speaking media. From 2007 until 2011 she lived in Damascus and carried out an extensive media ethnography of Syrian TV series which became the topic of her Ph.D. research, obtained from the University of Copenaghen in 2013. She is a former Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Copenhagen and at the Annenberg School for Communication, Pennsylvania University and an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

She has authored three monographs on Arab media, and curated chapters on Syrian media and politics in several collective books. She is a contributor to Italian and international media outlets such as Al Jazeera English, Hyperallergic, Internazionale, and Il Manifesto. She has professional experience as a journalist, TV author and producer and managed the Arabic speaking community of the international NGO Creative Commons for five years (2008-2013).

Scientific results

Her research develops in two main strands. The first one relates to the geopolitics of the media in the Middle East, with a particular focus on pan-Arab networks (Al Jazeera, etc.), on specific television genres (TV serials, etc.), on the network (meme, etc.) and on specific areas (Syria). The second strand concerns the critical analysis of digital media and the relationship between new "social" formats, politics and the representation of violence. Her latest book "Shooting a Revolution: Visual Media and Warfare in Syria" (Pluto Press, 2018) is an expression of these two lines of research.

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Della Ratta D. Shooting a Revolution. Visual Media and Warfare in Syria, Pluto Press.

[2015] Della Ratta D. (together with Sakr N. and Skovgaard Petersen J.), Arab Media Moguls, I.B. Tauri.

[2014] Della Ratta D. La Fiction Siriana. Mercato e Politica della Televisione nell`Era degli Asad, Arab Media Report. 

[2009] Della Ratta D. (together with Valerani A.), Un Hussein alla Casa Bianca. Cosa pensa il mondo arabo di Barack Obama, Odoya. 

[2005] Della Ratta D. Al Jazeera. Media e Società Arabe nel Nuovo Millennio, Bruno Mondadori Editore.

[2000] Della Ratta D. Media Oriente. Modelli, Strategie e Tecnologie nelle Nuove Televisioni Arabe, Seam.

Awards and prizes

She co-founded, a portal on Syria that was awarded the ‘best digital community’ prize at the Linz Ars Electronica Festival in 2014. 

In 2000, she also received the Ilaria Alpi Award for best TV author under 30 for her work in the Rai 2 TV show Un Mondo a Colori.


Raffaella A. Del Sarto

International politics area

Competences: European-Israeli-Palestinian Relations, Europe- Midle East relations, International Relations of the Middle East, Israeli Domestic and Foreign Policies, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Relations between Europe and the Middle East and North Africa

Keywords: Israel, borders and regional order, Maghreb, Mashreq, Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa, security and identity politics

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe (Bologna campus).

Professional career

After completing her MA studies in Political Science at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany, she began her career as an external collaborator and consultant at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Jerusalem (1997-1998) and the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem. From 1998 to 2000 she was the Manager of the project ‘The German Fund for Palestinian NGOs’ for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Jerusalem. In 2003 she obtains a PhD in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summa cum laude). From 2004 to 2005 she is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute and from 2005 to 2007 a Marie Curie Fellow there. From 2007 to 2011 she is the Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Oxford, St Antony's College, the Middle East Center. Between 2011 and the spring of 2019 she is part-time Professor at the European University Institute. From 2010 to 2015 she is Adjunct Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe, in Bologna. In 2015, she obtains the Italian national scientific qualification for associate professor, and in 2019 for full professor. She has been Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe (Bologna), since 2015.

Scientific results

Raffaella A. Del Sarto obtained a research grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project BORDERLANDS: Boundaries, Governance, and Power in the European Union's Relations with North Africa and the Middle East(2011-2018). She published two monographs, over 15 academic articles, over 10 book chapters, and numerous policy reports, working papers and grey publications. She has also edited or co-edited 5 volumes.

Editorial work and publications

Raffaella Del Sarto is a member of the Editorial Board of The International Spectator and member of the Advisory Board of the journals Mediterranean Politics and International Affairs.

[2019] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Stuck in the Logic of Oslo: Europe and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’, The Middle East Journal 73(3): 376-396.

[2019] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Insecurity, Identity Politics, and the Restructuring of the Middle East’, in Shifting Global Politics and the Middle East, POMEPS Studies 34, March, Project on Middle East Political Science.

[2019] Del Sarto, R. A., Malmvig, H. and Soler i Lecha, E., Interregnum: The Regional Order in the Middle East and North Africa after the Arab Uprisings, MENARA Final Report no. 1, February.

[2018] Del Sarto, R A. and Jean-Pierre Cassarino, ‘The Governance of Migration and Border Controls in the European-North African Context’, MENARA Working Paper no. 13, September.

[2017] Del Sarto, R. A. Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University.

[2017] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Contentious Borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Context and Concepts’, in International Affairs 93(4): 767-787.

[2017] Del Sarto, R. A., Fawcett L. and Okyay A., eds., Contentious Borders: Sovereignty and Statehood in the Middle East and North Africa post-2011, special issue of International Affairs, 93(4).

[2016] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, Its Borderlands, and the “Arab Spring”’, Journal of Common Market Studies 54(2): 215-232.

[2015] Del Sarto, R. A., ed.  Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

[2015] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Defining Borders and People in the Borderlands: EU Policies, Israeli Prerogatives and the Palestinians’, Journal of Common Market Studies 52(2): 200-216.

[2011] Del Sarto, R. A. and Schumacher T. ‘From Brussels with Love: Leverage, Benchmarking, and the Action Plans with Jordan and Tunisia in the EU’s Democratization Policy’, Democratization 18(4): 932-955.

[2006] Del Sarto, R. A., Adler E., Bicchi F., and Crawford B. eds. The Convergence of Civilizations: Constructing a Mediterranean Region, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

[2006] Del Sarto, R. A. Contested State Identities and Regional Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

[2005] Del Sarto, R. A. and Schumacher T. ‘From EMP to ENP: What’s at Stake with the European Neighbourhood Policy towards the Southern Mediterranean?’, European Foreign Affairs Review 10(1): 17-38.

For a complete list of her publications see here.

Awards and prizes

In 2003 she obtained the "Alex Berger" prize for excellent doctoral dissertation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

From October 2019 to March 2020 she was Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute.

Giovanna De Maio

International politics area

Competences: EU External Action, European Union, European Union's energy security, Italian Foreign Policy, Italy-Russia Relations, Transatlantic Relations, West-Russia Relations

Keywords: European Union, populism

Region: ABROAD


Expert on Italian and EU foreign policy

Professional career

Giovanna De Maio has a BA and a PhD in International Studies, both from the Oriental University. During her PhD, she worked on the 2014 Ukraine conflict from a Russian geopolitical, social and politico-cultural perspective; she did a research period abroad in Moscow and completed the writing of her thesis at the Brookings Institution, where she also conducted a study on EU-Russia energy relations.

Prior to her PhD, she obtained a Master's degree in Diplomatic Studies from the Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale di Roma (Sioi). During her international training, she did internships in Strasbourg, at the Council of Europe, in Brussels, at the Athena-EuLogos Observatory, and at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome.

She worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri) in Paris, where she analysed the impact of sanctions on Russia (and Russian counter-sanctions) on the Italian economy, and at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) in Washington, D.C, working on a study on the links between Russia and Italian political parties ahead of the 2018 general elections. From 2018 to 2021 she was a visiting research fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a period, from 2020 to 2021, as a visiin at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University. From October 2021 she returned to Europe, to France, where she currently works in policy planning at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Scientific results

Giovanna De Maio worked in important think tanks between the US and Europe in contact with international organizations and diplomatic delegations; she published her analyses in important think tank and media outlets. She presented her research in universities (Harvard, Tartu), think tanks (Brookings, Ifri) and private sector settings; she was interview by news outlets including BBC, NPR News, CGRN America and RBK Russia among others. Recently, she briefed the Executive Office of the President of the United States on asylum policies in Italy 

Editorial work and publications

A selection of commentaries

[2019] De Maio G. Nord Stream 2: A failed test for EU unity and trans-Atlantic coordination, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Avril.

[2019] De Maio G. The broken compass of Italian foreign policyOrder from Chaos, The Brookings Institution, March.

[2019] De Maio G. Italy and Russia, the link is increasingly close, Reset Dialogues on Civilization, March.

[2019] De Maio G. Europe’s Campaign Season Is Just Beginning, with Célia Belin, The American Interest, February.

[2019] De Maio G. Italy and immigration: Europe’s Achilles’ heel,Order from Chaos, The Brookings Institution, January.

[2018] De Maio G. The Palermo conference on Libya: A diplomatic test for Italy’s new government, Order from Chaos, The Brookings Institution, November.

[2017] De Maio G. Russia: uncertain revolutions and future question marks, Reset Dialogues on Civilization, November.

[2017] De Maio G. Anti-corruption Rallies in Russia: The Awakening of Civil Society?, Reset Dialogues on Civilization, July.

Francesca De Vittor

International politics area

Competences: Human Rights, International Law, Migration and Refugees Law

Keywords: boundaries, immigration, refugees, search and rescue

Region: Lombardy


Researcher in Public International Law at the law Faculty of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan

Professional career

Francesca De Vittor is a researcher in Public International Law at the law Faculty of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (Italy), where she teaches Human Rights Law and Immigration and Asylum Law. She is author of papers, and articles on many international law fields, namely on the law of jurisdictional immunities, on state responsibility for human rights violation and on search and rescue operations at sea. She has given lectures at symposia, academic courses and seminars in international public law, European Union law and human rights law. She has been member of the defense board of Italy in the case of Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy: Greece intervening), at the International Court of Justice. She has been Jean Monnet post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and researcher at the University of Macerata (Italy).

Scientific results

Her research interests range from classic issues of public international law to more contemporary issues, as migration and border control. 

Editorial work and publications

Selection of publications:

[2018] De Vittor, F.,Soccorso in mare e favoreggiamento dell’immigrazione irregolare: sequestro e dissequestro della nave Open Arms, in Diritti Umani e Diritto Internazionale, 12, 1, 443-452

[2018] De Vittor, F., Responsabilità degli Stati e dell’Unione europea nella conclusione e nell’esecuzione di ‘accordi’ per il controllo extraterritoriale della migrazione, in Diritti Umani e Diritto Internazionale, 12, 1, 5-27

[2017] De Vittor, F., Migrant Children’s Right to Education, in F. Ippolito (ed.) Migrant Children in the 21st Century, Editoriale scientifica

[2015] De Vittor, F., I risultati del Consiglio europeo straordinario sull’emergenza umanitaria nel Mediterraneo: repressione del traffico di migranti o contrasto all’immigrazione irregolare?, post SidiBlog 27 aprile,

[2014] De Vittor, F., IldirittoditraversareilMediterraneo…oquantomenodiprovarci, in Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, 8, 1, 63-81 

[2013] De Vittor, F., Cannizzaro E.,Proportionality in the European Convention on Human Rights, in Kolb and Gaggioli (ed.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, (ISBN 978 1 84980 035 8)

[2013] De Vittor, F.:Nationality and freedom of movement,in Annoni and Forlati (ed. by), The Changing Role of Nationality in International Law, Routledge, London, ISBN: 978-0-415-53545-8, 96-116

[2012] De Vittor, F.,Respingimenti in mare ed 'esternalizzazione' della protezione: il confine territoriale come limite agli obblighi di tutela, in Ius peregrinandi: il fenomeno migratorio tra diritti fondamentali, esercizio della sovranità e dinamiche dell’esclusione, Meccarelli, Sotis, Palchetti (eds), ed. EUM, Macerata, ISBN 88-978-6056-346-0, 183-205

[2010] De Vittor, F.: Institutions européennes et protection des migrants et refugiés, in Millet-Devalle (ed.), L’Union européenne et la protection des migrants et des refugiés, Pédone Paris, ISBN 978-2-233-00611-0, pp. 41-62

[2010] De Vittor, F.:Sviluppo psicofisico del minore e controllo dell’immigrazione clandestina: il bilanciamento operato dalla Corte di cassazione, in Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, 442-447

[2009] De Vittor, F.: Soccorso in mare e rimpatri in Libia: tra diritto del mare e tutela internazionale dei diritti dell’uomo, in Rivista di diritto internazionale, 800 ss.

[2008] De Vittor, F.: Immunità degli Stati dalla giurisdizione e risarcimento del danno per violazione di diritti fondamentali: il caso Mantelli, in Diritti umani e diritto internazionale

[2008] De Vittor, F.: “Diritto ad un ricorso effettivo e procedure per il riconoscimento dello status di rifugiato: la sospensione della misura di espulsione, in Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, 427-432

Alessia Di Pascale

International politics area

Competences: European Migration Policies

Keywords: boundaries, European courts, European Union, fundamental rights, refugees, third country nationals

Region: Lombardy


Associate professor. Lecturer of EU migration and asylum law and EU current policies on migration and development at University of Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Law at the University of Milan in 1997, she continued her training with the Preparation Course for the diplomatic and international careers at the ISPI in Milan. Qualified as a lawyer, until 2007 she has been an Associate with the International Law Firm Baker Mckenzie. In 2005 she obtained a Phd in public community law, at the Higher Institute for Interdisciplinary Education (ISUFI) - University of Lecce. From 2007 to 2011 she has been a post-doc researcher, since 2011 she was a Senior researcher at the University of Milan and since 2018 she is associate professor. In 2018 he also obtained the national scientific qualification as full professor. She was a visiting researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and at the Center for Migration Law - Radboud University of Nijmegen. On the issues of immigration and asylum policies of the European Union, she has been a lecturer in various international institutions, including the ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration) in Strasbourg and the Academy of European Law, European University Institute (Fiesole). Since 1998 she has taken part to the activities and since 2012 has been appointed as Italian representative (together with Prof. Nascimbene) of the Odysseus Network (academic network for legal studies on immigration and asylum which brings together the major experts on the subject in the EU Member States).

Scientific results

Her research activity has been mainly carried out in the field of immigration and asylum policies of the European Union. She has taken part to numerous research projects funded by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Italian Ministry of University and Research. She was scientific director for the Italian part of the CONTENTION projects ( and REDIAL, funded by the European Commission.

As part of the activities conducted by the Odysseus network, she has carried out numerous analyzes on the implementation of European Union legislation at national level, which were then used by the European Commission for its own political assessments and for the development of new legislation on the subject.

Editorial work and publications

Member of the editorial board of various scientific journals (Diritto, Immigrazione e cittadinanza,, La Comunità internazionale), she collaborates in research activities in the field of European legislation with the ISMU Foundation (Initiatives and Studies on Multi-ethnicity, Milan) and is the author of the chapter on European orientations in the annual report on migration, she is the author of numerous national and international publications. Between these:

[2020] Di Pascale A., 'Can a Justice of Peace be a good detention judge?', in Bruycker P., Cornelisse G. Moraru M Law and Judicial Dialogue on the Return of Irregular Migrants from the European Union, Hart Publishing, Oxford.

[2018] Di Pascale A., 'El principio de non refoulementy su aplicación judicial en el marco europeo', in Ugartemendia J. I., Labayle Y, El Espacio de Libertad, Seguridad y Justicia y el Derecho del Convenio Europeo de Derechos Humanos, European Inklings(EUi) 15, IVAP, Oñati, 2.

[2018] Di Pascale A., 'As políticas de imigração e asilo da União Europeia: balanço e perspectivas', in Beltrame de Moura A., Dal Ri L., Padinha Dos Santos R. Imigração e cidadania: uma releitura de institutos jurídicos clássicos, Editora PPCJ da Univali.

[2016] Di Pascale A, Nascimbene B., Art. 19, in R. Mastroianni, O.Pollicino, S.Allegrezza, F.Pappalardo, U. Razzolini (a cura di), La Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell’Unione europea.

[2016] Di Pascale A., 'Lo straniero (diritto internazionale)', in Enciclopedia Treccani (online), 10.

[2015] Di Pascale A, Renaudiere G., 'AG’s Opinion in Celaj: Lost in ‘Crimmigration’?', 22 June, Redial Blog,

[2015] Di Pascale A., 'Le politiche dell’immigrazione e asilo dell’Unione europea: alcune riflessioni sui primi quindici anni', in M. Carta (a cura di), Quale futuro per l’Europa tra crisi, rilancio e utopia, Soveria Mannelli, 241 ss.

[2015] Di Pascale A., 'Exceptional Duties to admit Aliens', in Sir Richard Plender (ed.), International Migration Law, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 15.

[2014] Di Pascale A., 'Commento agli artt. 78, 79 del Trattato sul funzionamento dell'unione europea', in A. Tizzano, Trattati dell’Unione europea, Milano.

[2014] Di Pascale A., 'Italy and unauthorised migration: between state sovereignty and human rights obligations', in R. Rubio Marin (Ed.), Migration and Human Rights, Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law, Oxford University Press.

[2011] Di Pascale A., Garcia Andrade P., Sarraj A., 'L’importance des relations bilatérales. Une analyse de l’action extérieure de l’Espagne, la France et l’Italie et pays tiers en matière d’immigration', in De Bruycker P.- Foblets M-C. (sous la direction de), La dimension extérieure de la politique européenne d’Immigration, Bruylant, Bruxelles.

[2011] Di Pascale A., Nascimbene B., 'The ‘Arab Spring’ and the Extraordinary Influx of People who arrived in Italy from North Africa', in European Journal of Migration and Law, 13, 3, 341 ss.

[2009] Di Pascale A., 'La participation de l’Italie à la politique d’externalisation de l’Union européenne', in Rossetto J. (sous la direction de), L’externalisation de la Politique d’immigration de l’Union européenne, Paris.

[2001] Di Pascale A., 'Synthesis report', in Nascimbene B. (ed.), Expulsion and detention of aliens in the EU member states, Giuffré, Milano.

[2000] Di Pascale A., 'La régularisation des immigrés clandestins en Italie', in P. De Bruycker (sous la direction de), Regularisations of illegal immigrants in the European Union, Bruylant, Brussels.

Awards and prizes

Member of the board of directors of AISDUE (Italian Association of European Union Law Scholars), member of SIDI (Italian Society of International Law), member of the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Chair "Human rights and ethics of international cooperation", University of Bergamo.

Since 2017 she has started the “Promoting Refugees integration” initiative, born from the collaboration between Baker McKenzie Italy, University of Milan, UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency) and the NGO “Farsi Prossimo ", with the aim of helping refugees with international protection to acquire new knowledge and develop the necessary qualifications to increase self-esteem and facilitate stable entry into the labor market. In 2018 the initiative was awarded the prize "Pro Bono Initiative of the year" on the occasion of the XII edition of the TopLegal Awards and in 2019, on the occasion of the second edition of the Welcome - Working for refugee integration award, it received a special award from the High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

Rosita Di Peri

International politics area

Competences: Democratization Processes, Middle East Politics

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: strengthening authoritarianism in the Middle East, Lebanon, mashreq, Middle East, political islam

Region: Piedmont


Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at University of Turin

Professional career

After graduating in Political Science, Rosita Di Peri attended the Master in Public Policy Analysis under the direction of Luigi Bobbio, graduating with honours in 2000. She later worked as an expert on Mediterranean field, with particular attention to the issue of civil society, for Paralleli the Euromediterranean Institute of the North West attending, at the same time, the PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Turin. She studied at the Ceri in Paris and at the St. Joseph University in Beirut. In 2007 she received the PhD with a thesis on the democratization process in Lebanon. After the PhD she carried out teaching activities at the universities of Turin and Florence. She was also a visiting professor at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporaine (IRMC) in Tunis and at the St. Joseph University in Beirut. She realized fieldwork in Lebanon and Tunisia from 2005. Since 2011 she is Assistant Professor at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of the University of Turin, when in 2019 she became Associate Professor.

Scientific results

Rosita Di Peri authored the first political history of contemporary Lebanon published in Italy. Her researches on the Lebanese consociative system has been published in national and international journals. She also worked on Sunni and Shiite Islamist movements in Lebanon, notably Hezbollah. Rosita Di Peri has as well researched on the Tunisian transition in post 2011 focusing, in particular, on the connections between tourism and the system of power developed in the country. She edited several volumes and collaborated with colleagues from several universities.

Rosita Di Peri has carried out several fieldwork activities in Lebanon and the Mediterranean region.

Over the past three years her researches focused mainly on the transformations of the Maronite Christian community in Lebanon and the consequences of this transformation on the political system of this country.

Rosita Di Peri was principal investigator in the project "India and Middle East in the globalization era: paths of internationalization" between 2016 and 2018 and "Globalization and Development Processes in Asia in the Age of Crisis: Continuity and Change" between 2013 and 2015 both funded by the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Torino; she was also part of the Italian team of the European project “Mare Nostrum. A heritage trail along the Phoenician maritime routes and historic port-cities of the Mediterranean Sea” between 2010 and 2012 led by the University of Florence within the framework of the Euromed Heritage IV program.

Editorial work and publications

Rosita Di Peri authored several publications. Above the most relevant of the last years:

[2021] Guida alla politica mediorientale. Mondadori, Milano (with F. Mazzucotelli)

[2019] "Stretching the margins: Identity, power and new ‘frontiers’ in Lebanon’s Maronite community", Mediterranean Politics.

[2018] "Speaking secular acting sectarian. Lebanese women’s rights beyond the Constitution", Oriente Moderno 98(2): 247-264.

[2017] Il Libano contemporaneo. Storia, politica e società, Carocci, Roma (first edition 2009, in Italian).

[2017] "Changing Perceptions of the European Union before and after the Arab uprisings", in B. Curli, M. Ceretta (eds.), Discourses and Counter-discourses on Europe, from the Enlightenment to the EU, Routledge, 249-260.

[2017] "State and markets: the crisis of the tourism sector in Tunisia before and after the ‘jasmine revolution", in E. Baroncelli, R. Mulé (eds.) Political Responses to Global Economic Crises, Egea, Milano.

[2016], "The Transformation of the Maronite Community in Lebanon in the Post-2005 Era and the Rise of Relative Deprivation", in G. Proglio (ed.), Decolonizing the Mediterranean, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 19-34.

[2016], "The Sunni Community in Lebanon: From “Harirism” to “Sheikhism”?" (with Daniel Meier), in  R. Di Peri, D. Meier (eds),  Lebanon facing the Arab Uprisings. Constraints and Adaptations’,Palgrave McMillian, London, 35-53.

[2016], Lebanon facing the Arab Uprisings. Constraints and Adaptations, Palgrave McMillian, London (co-edited with con D. Meier)

[2016], "Narratives and realities from a changing Middle East", Passato e Presente, 98: 74-89 (in Italian).

[2016], "Beyond Sectarianism: Hegemony, Reproduction and Resilience in Lebanon", Mediterranean Politics.

Awards and prizes

Vice-president of the Master in International Studies; member of the board of SeSaMO (Italian Society for Middle East Studies); member of the scientific committee of the series ‘Mediterranean, North Africa and Middle East’ for Mimesis Publisher; member of the editorial committee of the Journal NAD (New Authoritarianism and Democracies); coordinator of the Erasmus partner countries exchange with Lebanon. From 2014 is scientific coordinator of the Summer School ‘Understanding the Middle East’.

Elena Dundovich

International politics area

Competences: History of International Relations, History of Post-Soviet States, History of Russian Federation, History of URSS

Keywords: post-Soviet States, Russian Federation, URSS

Region: Tuscany


Full professor at Department of Political Science, University of Pisa.

Scientific results

Participation and Coordination of National and International Research Projects.

Between 1999 and 2001, she participated in several research groups. In particular: “Cinema and its symbols”; the "History of the PCI and its archives" promoted by the Gramsci Foundation Institute; "Italy and the European integration process", promoted by the Luigi Sturzo Institute of Rome in collaboration with the Master of European Studies of the Faculty of Political Sciences of Florence; "The European Parliament and its history" in collaboration with the Archives of the European Parliament and with the Historical Archives of the European Communities.

In 2001 and 2002, she took part in the research project "East-West Economic Relationships in Cold War Europe", promoted and coordinated by Professor Luciano Segreto, Faculty of Political Sciences of Florence, while from 2004 to 2006 she participated in the national research project COFIN "Italy in international relations of the '900", in "The European Community and professional training: history and role of CEDEFOP", a project promoted by the European Union, and in the COFIN project of the University of Milan, focused on " Russian Archives in Italy”.

In 2009, she collaborated to the Prin project of the Faculty of Humanities of La Sapienza University in Rome, on "Empires and Nations in Europe from the 18th to the 20th century". In 2015 she was involved in two Prat projects: the first within the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pisa and titled "Money and Politics. Public funding, private contributions and political corruption in a comparative perspective", the second, by the Department of Political Science of Padua University, on" A hundred years from red danger. The impact of the Bolshevik revolution on European colonial powers: a global approach ". Lastly, she collaborated with the “University Research Project 2016” of the Department of Political Science of the University of Padua, on “Italy in the International System between 1917 and the early 1920. The Opportunity to become a Great Power, Italy and the New International Order".

Coordinator and Researcher for Scientific Projects entrusted by Qualified Public or Private Institutions.

Between 2001 and 2004, she is Coordinator and researcher of the project "GuLag. Nuovi Orizzonti", directed by Dr. Francesca Gori, director of the "Eastern European Countries Section" of the Feltrinelli Foundation, Milan, in collaboration with the Moscow Memorial Association. The project took place in 2001-2004 following to three different lines of work with three final objectives which have been achieved: 1. The creation of a website on the history of the GULag, whose internet address is; 2. The creation of a searchable database in which the stories of the Italians repressed in the Soviet Union between 1918 and 1953 are collected and 3. the organization of the exhibition “The Soviet GULag “, including documentation, objects, photographs, drawings of the Italians repressed in the Stalinist concentration camps, inaugurated in 2000 in Milan, it travelled to various Italian cities.

Since 2004, she has been Scientific Responsible for the "Archives Section" of the "Memorial-Italy Association", established in Milan on 20 April 2004 (and of which she is founding member) which aims to: safeguard and protect the memory of historical sources of the '900; to favor the study and comparison on the themes of contemporary memory, divisions and the sharing of collective memories of the 20th century; to collect the memories of the 1900s, in all their forms (diaries, autobiographies, documents, photographs, cinematographic, literary material, etc.), which are useful to enrich the study of the twentieth century above all on the themes of violence, human rights, justice , of totalitarianisms; to study and reflect on the past and present history of human rights in Russia; to disseminate, through exhibitions, seminars, lessons in schools and universities, knowledge of the history of the USSR; to disseminate in Italy the scientific and cultural initiatives of the Memorial di Mosca Association; to promote research on the history of political repression in the USSR and to collect documentary material on the Italian victims of Stalinist repression. 

In 2004, as the Assistant researcher of Professor Ranieri di Sorbello, in the framework of Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello Foundation, she was coordinator of the research project “Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello” and curator of the volume “Anthology of the writings of Uguccione”.

Between 2004 and 2005, she was Coordinator of the Feltrinelli Foundation project and of "Russian archives. For a history of Italian emigration", funded by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Directorate General for Archives, for the creation of an inventory of the whole documentation and the related Russian sources on the history of Italian emigration to the USSR. 

In 2010 she was Coordinator of the "Memorial" Association on behalf of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Directorate General for Archives, for the research project on "Emigration and Russian political presence in Italy. She mapped (census) and created a thematic guide to Italian sources for the history of Russian political presence in Italy for the period 1900-1939 ".

From 2011 to 2017 she was “Forum for the problems of peace and war”’s Scientific Director for the sector of research, studies and event organization on the history of Eastern Europe, the USSR and the Russian Federation. Since 2011 she is also a member of the Executive Council and of the Executive Committee. The Forum is a scientific institute whose purpose is the production, exchange and dissemination of knowledge on the themes of peace and war. To this extend, it promotes research, organizes conferences and seminars between national and international experts, as well as lessons. Besides this, it edits publications and specialist highly valued works. 

Editorial work and publications

Selection of volumes

[2017] Dundovich E., Bandierà Rossa trionferà? Franco Angeli, Milano,ISBN: 978-88-917-5328-1.

[2012] Dundovich E., Cernobyl'. L'assenza, pp. 1-217, Firenze, Passigli Editore, ISBN: 9788836813629.

[2006] Dundovich E., Gori F., Italiani nei lager di Stalin, pp. 17-209, Roma-Bari, Laterza, ISBN: 884207926X. 

[2004] Dundovich E., Stalin, pp. 11-191, Collana di biografie di personaggi del ‘900 per la rivista “Panorama”, Milano, Mondadori Libri Illustrati. 

Selection of published articles

[2017] Dundovich E., Bandiera rossa trionferà? L’Italia e la Rivoluzione di Ottobre, 1917-1927, XXI Secolo, n. 39, FrancoAngeli, Milano, ISSN:1594-3755.

[2015] Dundovch E., Andreevna Achmatova A., in Pegaso, Quadrimestrale di Cultura, Arte, Costume, Anno XXXVIII, gennaio-aprile.

[2014] Dundovich E., Da Vilnius a Sebastopoli. Storia di una crisi evitabile, Rivista del Centro interdisciplinare Scienze per la Pace, Università di Pisa, ISSN 20391749.

[2013] Dundovich E., Introduzione. DEP. DEPORTATE, ESULI, PROFUGHE, vol. 22, p. 1-20, ISSN: 1824-4483.

Selection of book’s contibutions, chapters

[2018] Dundovich E., Al di là della cortina di ferro. I paesi dell'Est e l'Urss nella politica estera del governo Craxi. In: (a cura di): R. Chiarini, Il governo del leader. Craxi a Palazzo Chigi. p. 69-96, Padova:Il Torchio, ISBN: 9788898669622.

[2017] Dundovich E., La cucina russa fra tradizioni autoctone e suggestioni esterne, In: (a cura di): G. Motta, Food and Culture. vol. 1, p. 183-192, ROMA:Nuova Cultura, ISBN: 8868128527.

[2016] Dundovich E., La cucina russa, In: (a cura di): Motta G., I tempi e i luoghi del cibo. p. 243-251, Roma: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, ISBN: 9788868126834, doi: 10.4458/6834.

[2016] Dundovich E., “New Values” for a New “Great Russia”, in (a cura di) S. Poli,  The European Neighbourhood Policy Values and Principles, pp. 130-142, London and New York, Routhledge, pp. XXX, ISBN: 9781138943094. 

Selection of edited books

[2013] Dundovich E., Voci femminili dai lager sovietici. In DEP. (Deportate, esuli, profughe) vol. 22, p. 1-128, Venezia, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, ISSN: 1824-4483. 

[2004] Dundovich E., Gulag. Storia e Memoria, a cura di Elena Dundovich, Francesca Gori, Emanuela Guercetti, pp. 1-313, Milano, Feltrinelli, ISBN: 8807818183.

[2004] Dundovich E., Scritti scelti di Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello, 1906- 1969, a cura di Elena Dundovich e Ruggero Ranieri, pp. 1-499, Firenze, Leo S. Olschki, ISBN: 9788822253675.

[2001] Dundovich E., Poljtbiuro i Evropa, 1923-1939. Protokoly «Ocobych Papok», a cura di G. Adibekov, O. Chlevnjuk, A. Di Biagio, E. Dundovich, A. Filitov, S. Pons, ROSSPEN, Moskva.

Awards and prizes

The volume E. Dundovich, F. Gori (2006), Italiani nei lager di Stalin, Bari, Laterza, ISBN: 884207926X, was selected for the 39th ediction of “Acqui Storia” Prize in 2006.

Anna Maria Ferragina

International politics area

Competences: Real International Economics, Research in Economics, Statistical and Econometric Analysis

Keywords: international economic integration, international investments, international trade

Region: Campania


Associate professor of Economic Policy, University of Salerno

Professional career

Since October 2016, she has served as associate professor in Economic Policy at DISES (Department of Economics and Statistics, UNISA). In December 2013, she obtained the status of associate professor in Economic Policy (SECS-P / 02). In 2013 she also got the professorship in Applied Economics (SECS-P / 06) and in Economic Statistics (SECS-S / 03). Since 2006, she has been a permanent researcher and an aggregate professor at the University of Salerno (Department of Economics and Statistics). From 2002 to 2006, she is a permanent researcher at ISSM-CNR; from 2002 to 2005 she was consultant for the Studies and Statistics Area of the ICE of Rome; from 1999 to 2002 research assistant at the CEIS, University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

2000 PhD, "La Sapienza" University of Rome; 1996 Master, International Economics, University of Sussex (UK); 1995 Master's Degree, Business Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Naples "Federico II"; 1994 Degree 110/110 cum laude in Economics and Commerce at the University of Naples "Federico II".

Scientific results

Ferragina’s reaserch focus in on empirical and theoretical research in international trade; analysis of the impact of trade liberalisation between the EU and Eastern European countries; quality upgrading and integration of national and regional labour markets, with a special emphasis on Italy; implications of trade liberalisation on firm delocalisation and on fragmentation of production; empirical testing for underlying determinants of fragmentation such as differentials in comparative advantages and in factor and skill content between firms and between national specialization models. Current applied research is also focusing on the impact of FDI on domestic firms looking at firm dynamics and spillover effects; trade liberalisation within the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and the determinants of foreign direct investment (FDI) from the European Union into the Mediterranean partners; economic discovery, innovation and export diversification as driving factors of trade and growth; patterns of firm demography and growth; firm localization and local knowledge spillovers.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of several scientific publications on journals and international book among them:

Edited books

[2014] Ferragina A.M.,Taymaz E. & Yilmaz K. (eds.), Innovation, Globalisation and Firm Dynamics. Lessons for Enterprise Policy, New York, London: Routledge, ISBN: 9780415836777.

[2011] Ferragina A.M., Bridging the gap: the role of trade and FDI in the Mediterranean, (co-edited with A. Amendola), Rubbettino, ISBN: 9788849832303.

Refereed international journals

[2018] Ferragina A.M., Are Italian firms performances influenced by innovation of domestic and foreign firms nearby in space and sectors?(With Nunziante G.),  EPI - Economia e Politica Industriale, in Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. DOI:  10.1007/s40812-018-0090-4.

[2018] Iandolo S. and Ferragina A.M., Iandolo S., “Does different persistence in internationalization and innovation influence firms’ performance?Under review.

[2016] Ferragina A.M., Financial constraints and productivity growth across the size spectrum: microeconomic evidence from Morocco, in Eurasian Business Review, pp. 1-21, with Mazzotta, F.; Sekkat, K. ISSN: 1309-4297.DOI: 10.1007/s40821-016-0055-3.

[2015] Ferragina A.M., Italian FDI and Exports at sectoral level: substitutes or complements?, in Global Economy Journal, 15, 2, 277–310, ISSN (Online) 1553-5304, ISSN (Print) 2194-5659, DOI: 10.1515/gej-2015-0005, July.

[2015] Ferragina A.M., Agglomeration economies in Italy: impact on heterogeneous firms’ exit in a multilevel framework, in Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, DOI: 10.1007/s40812-015-0016-3.

[2014] Ferragina A.M., Does multinational ownership affect firm survival?(with Pittiglio R. and Reganati F.), in Journal of Business Economics and Management, 15(1), DOI 10.3846/16111699.2012.707622.

[2013] Ferragina A.M., Mazzotta F., FDI spillovers on firms' survival in Italy: absorptive capacity matters!, in  The Journal of Technology Transfer, ISSN: 0892-9912, DOI: 10.1007/s10961-013-9321.

[2012] Ferragina A.M., Are exporters and multinational firms more resilient over a crisis? First evidence for manufacturing enterprises in Italy, (with A. Amendola, R. Pittiglio and F. Reganati), in Economics Bulletin, 32, 3 pp. 1914-1926, ISSN: 1545-2921.

[2011] Ferragina A.M., The impact of FDI on firm survival, (with Pittiglio R. and Reganati F.), in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, special issue Productivity, Profitability and Growth: the Empirics of Firm Dynamics. ISSN: 0954-349X, DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2011.10.002.

[2009] Ferragina A.M., A Tale of Parallel Integration Processes. A Gravity Analysis of EU Trade with Mediterranean and Central and Eastern European Countries, (with Pastore F. and Giovannetti G.), in Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, 5, 2, June, already published in IZA Discussion Paper, No. 1829. ISSN: 1475-3693, DOI: 10.2202/1475-3693.1228.7

Awards and prizes

She has won several research grants and has participated in projects funded by various national and international institutions (World Bank, Femise, European Commission, CNR, Higher School of Public Administration, MAE, CeSPI, ICE, Lazio Region, CEIS- University of Rome "Tor Vergata", University of Parma, University of Naples" Federico II "). He is an elected member of the Steering Committee of the FEMISE (Euromediterranean Network of Economics Institutes).

She is member elected in the Board of the Steering Committee of FEMISE (Euromediterranean Network of the Institutes of economics).

Alba Ferreri

International politics area

Competences: Business Administration, Business Affairs, Comparative Politics, Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs, International Relations, Leadership, Management, Public Affairs, Public Diplomacy

Keywords: Embassy, European Union, United States

Region: Lombardy


Economic and ESTH (Environment - Science - Tech - Health) Advisor @ the U.S. Consulate General of Milan.

Professional career

Alba Ferreri joined the U.S. Consulate General in Milan as Economic and Science/Tech Advisor in November 2021. Before that, she has worked for over 7 years as Political and Institutional Advisor at the U.S. Consulate General of Naples, covering local politics, organized crime, migration, and global issues.  Before starting her career as Foreign Service National with the U.S. State Department, she was a lecturer and university researcher in Comparative Politics at the University of Siena, Italy, and at Sciences Po Bordeaux, France. She holds a BA and an MA in political science and international relations (University of Siena); an MA in diplomacy and history of international relations (University of Florence); and a PhD in Comparative and European Politics (University of Siena). She is currently a part-time MBA candidate at MIB Trieste School of Management (exp. graduation year: 2023).

Scientific results

Her major research interests and publications focus on elite studies, executive-legislative relations, European Union affairs, and the role of public opinion. Lately, she has developed an interest in strategic management models, with particular attention on the role of leadership in international business management. 

Editorial work and publications

Ferreri, A., ‘Debating Europe. Effects of the Eurovision Debate on Young Voters’, ComPol, Vol. 16, N. 3, pp. 343-364, 2015; co-authored with Andrea Pedrazzani, Luca Pinto and Riccardo Ladini 

Ferreri, A.: ‘Governance economica europea in tempi di crisi e scelte di policy nazionali: l’austerità nel discorso parlamentare italiano’; in ‘Neoliberalismo all’Italiana, edited by Giulio Moini, Ediesse, 2015; co-authored with Cavatorto, Sabrina. 

Ferreri, A. Armchair quarterback or Most Valuable Player? The Italian parliament debating economic planning with a crisis in the offing (2006-2014), in Papakostas, N. and Pasamitros, N. (eds.), EU: Beyond the Crisis: A Debate on Sustainable Integrationism, Ibidem, Columbia University Press, 2016 

Ferreri, A., Friend Request Sent: EU identity and Turkey’s accession bid, in Papakostas, N. and Pasamitros, N. (eds.), Unraveling Turkey, Inter Alia Collective Volume 1, Aug. ISBN: 798-618-80847-0-4 ( 

Ferreri, A., Capire le elezioni Europee: il modello SOE trent’anni dopo (1979-2009)” (book: Understanding EP elections: the SOE model thirty years later), Edizioni Accademiche Italiane, 2014.

Awards and prizes

2020 Honor Award - U.S. Department of State (outstanding political and economic reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic)

2018  Eagle award, U.S. Department of State (extraordinary levels of inter-section collaboration and excellent last-minute event coordination) 

2015 Extra mile award, U.S. Department of State (for covering Protocol activities related to Naples and Sicily Independence Day celebrations in July 2015, just 3 months after the beginning of my service and with no formal training) 

Iole Fontana

International politics area

Competences: European Migration Policies, International Relations, Political Science

Keywords: democratization processes, European Union, Mediterranean, migrations, political regimes

Region: Sicily


Researcher and Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at University of Catania

Professional career

She graduated in Politics and International Relations in 2009 and specialized in Global Politics and Euro-Mediterranean Relations in 2011 at the University of Catania. She obtained her PhD in Institutions, Politics and Policies at the IMT of Lucca in 2015, with a thesis on the neighborhood policy of the European Union in Tunisia and Morocco. As a research fellow in political science (2018-2019; 2019-2020; 2020-2021) at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Catania, she focused her research on migratory crises in the Mediterranean and on migration and asylum policies of the European Union in this area. In 2021, she obtained the National Scientific Qualification for the functions of Associate University Professor and from 2022 she is Assistant Professor at the University of Catania, with a project on climate change and forced migration.

She carried out several research periods abroad: at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London (2013); at the Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco (2014); at the European External Action Service - Delegation of the European Union of Tunis, Tunisia (2014); at the University of Delaware and the US Department of State (2019).

She is currently the holder of the European Union Political System course at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania (AY 2022-2023). 

Scientific results

She is scientific coordinator of the DEPMI project, External Dimension of Italian Migration Policies, at The Syracuse Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a project with the aim of mapping the agreements between Italy and third countries in the migratory field.

Furthermore, she is currently working on the project ‘Climate change and migration flows: analysis and measurement of the impact of ecosystem changes on forced human mobility’ (2022-2024), with the aim of analyzing how climate change and its short, medium and long-term consequences impact forced human mobility, through the identification of variables (water resources, desertification, alterations of the hydrogeological regime, etc.) that allow to explore the causal relationships between climate change and migration. The project focuses on the cases of Tunisia and Senegal in the period 2000-2021, and aims to identify early warning mechanisms for the study of climate migration.

She has also participated in several national and international research groups. In 2021 she was part of the Horizon 2020 PROTECT Project, led by the University of Bergen. As a member of the Local Unit of the University of Catania, she dealt with the analysis of the externalization of European Union migration policies, building an interactive map that allows you to navigate the multiplicity of agreements concluded with third countries in the field of migration. In 2019, she was a member of the VAM - Asylum Visa and Migration Policies at the Department of Political Science of the University of Catania;  between 2018 and 2021 she was a member of the HISMED- Human Insecurity in the Mediterranean group, funded by the European International Studies Association.

Her research focuses on migration phenomena and on the policies of the European Union and Italy to manage these phenomena, from a political, humanitarian, policy tools and asylum perspective.

Editorial work and publications

[2022] Fontana, I. The EU and the Politics of Migration in the Mediterranean: from Crisis Management to Management in Crisis, in Panebianco, S. (2022) Border Crises and Human Mobility in the Mediterranean Global South. Challenges to Expanding Borders, Palgrave. ISBN 978-3-030-90294-0.

[2022] Fontana, I. The human (in)security trap: how European border(ing) practices condemn migrants to vulnerability, International Politics. 59: 65–484 ISSN: 1384-5748, doi: 10.1057/s41311-020-00268-y.

[2021] Fontana, I. Back to the future? Questioning EU’s renewed approach to returns and readmission. H2020 PROTECT Blog. 

[2020] Fontana, I. Organised crime, migration and domestic politics in Italy: unfolding the interplay, South European Society and Politics 25(1):49-74. ISSN: 1360-8746, doi: 10.1080/13608746.2020.1738092.

[2019] Fontana, I. The implementation of Italian asylum policy and the recognition of protection in times of crisis: between external and internal constraints, Contemporary Italian Politics 11(4): 429-445, DOI: 10.1080/23248823.2019.1680027.

[2018] Panebianco S., Fontana, I.  When Responsibility to protect hits home: the EU and the Syrian refugee crisis, Third World Quarterly 39(1): 1-17, ISSN: 0143-6597 (Print) 1360-2241 (Online). doi: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1369035.

[2018] Fontana, I., (with Sahizer Samuk), Migrants’ Integration Policies in Italy: the cases of Lucca and Catania, in Lace, A. (ed.) “New Comer Integration in Europe: Nest practices and Innovation in Response to 2015 crisis”. 127-141, Brussels: Foundation for European Progressive Studies. ISBN: 978-2-930769-08-0.

[2018] Fontana, I. (with Giugni, L et al.) (2018), Can education stop abuse? Comprehensive sexuality education against gender-based violence. GenPol Policy Papers, Cambridge: Cambridge Business School.

[2017] Fontana, I. Disentangling the cyber politics-cyber security nexus: the new challenge of global politics. Global Affairs 3(1), p.99-104. ISSN: 2334-0460 (Print) 2334-0479 (Online) doi: 10.1080/23340460.2017.1320059.

[2017] Fontana, I. EU Neighbourhood Policy in the Maghreb. Implementing the ENP in Tunisia and Morocco before and after the Arab uprisings. London & New York: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138237179 doi: 10.4324/9781315300559.

[2016] The security dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy: the case of security sector reform in Tunisia, EUMedEA Working Paper, 2-2016. ISSN 2499-2402.

[2015] Fontana, I. How Great Expectations in Brussels are dashed in Tunis? A Bottom-up approach to the Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in Tunisia, Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies, vol. 1 (1), pp-81-92. ISSN 2407-9480.

[2014] Fontana, I. The EU paradigmatic policy change in light of the Arab Spring: exploring the "black box" in Do Ceu Pinto M. (ed.) “Thinking Out of the Box: Devising New European Policies to Face the Arab Spring”, Lisbon: Diario de Bordo Editores, p. 8-17.

Awards and prizes

2019 Winner of the US Department of State Visiting Program 'SUSI-Study of the US Institutes on US Foreign Policy'.

2018 Winner of the Enrico Melchionda Award for the PhD Thesis ‘The implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in Tunisia and Morocco: when domestic actors make a difference’. 

Silvia Francescon

International politics area

Competences: Environment, Geopolitics, Global Governance, Sustainability

Keywords: biodiversity, European Union, female leadership, G7, gender equality, international relations, leadership, sustainability

Region: Lazio


Senior advisor for sustainability, European Movement 

Professional career

Silvia Francescon’s mission in life is working for the Planet. Silvia has been the Director of the Rome Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations for 9 years. She also worked for 4 years at the Prime Minister Office, G7 Sherpa Unit. In 2016-2017 in preparation of and during the Italian Presidency of the G7 focusing on the gender equality dossier and on the drafting of the Leaders’ Declaration. In 2007-2009 Silvia worked at the Prime Minister Office as Deputy head of the G8-G20 Sherpa Office, where she was in charge of coordinating the Prime Minister and Sherpa’s G8 and G20 policy dossiers and bilaterals. Silvia also served the United Nations as Coordinator of the Millennium Campaign in Italy and is a former negotiator of international and European agreements for the Italian Ministry for the Environment, where she worked for 4 years. Previously, Silvia worked at the OECD (Environment Directorate, Paris), the WTO (Legal Affairs Division, Geneva) and the European Commission (DG Agriculture, Brussels) and was Research Fellow at the International Law Departments of the Universities of Leiden (NL) and Ferrara (Italy). Silvia Francescon did her Erasmus at the University of Leiden, Faculty of Law. 

Silvia holds a Masters in International Environmental Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London) and graduated cum laude in International Law at the University of Ferrara.

She is a member of the IAI Committee of Directors, the CESPI’s Scientific Committee, the Strategic Committee of the BA on Global Governance at the University of Tor Vergata and a founding member of Women in International Security - Italy

Scientific results

Current projects: working on crafting a new generation of leaders (personal and professional mastery); make Europe the world leader for sustainable development.

Previous highlights: two Italian Presidencies of the G7/G8 (in 2009 and 2017, Prime minister’s Office), one Italian Presidency of the European Union (in 2003 Ministry for the Environment); lead a UN Campaign on the Development Goals; lead a foreign affairs think tank.

Editorial work and publications

From 2010 to 2019 multiple articles published on ECFR.EU website on geopolitics and Italian politics.

In English

[2006] Francescon, S., The impact of GMOs on Poor Countries: A Threat to the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals?, in Rivista di Biologia, Biology Forum, 3, 381-394.

[2005] Francescon, S., Ministry of Internal Affairs v. Patmos Shipping Corporation (1989), jurisprudence case in International Environmental Law Reports, International Environmental Law in National Courts, 4; Cambridge University Press, 288-297.

[2004] Francescon, S., The political momentum on access to genetic resources and equitable sharing of the benefits deriving from their utilization, in the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare’s web site.

[2003] Francescon, S., Recent developments of the international processes on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, and on traditional knowledge of the indigenous and local communities, in the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare’s web site.

[2001] Francescon, S., The New Directive 2001/18/EC on the Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Organisms into the Environment: Changes and Perspectives, in RECIEL, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 10, 3, 309-320.

[2001] Francescon, S., The Precautionary Principle in the European Union, in International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Environmental Law Center Newsletter, 1, 15-19.

[2000] Francescon, S., The Precautionary Principle: Its Status under WTO Law, in The Economist Conferences - “Colloque sur le Principe de Précaution” (co-authored with Jan Kuijper P., former Director, Legal Affairs Division, WTO).

[2000] Francescon, S., The Regulation of GM Foods in the EU: An Overview, in New York University Environmental Law Journal, 8, 3, 530-555 (co-authored with Mackenzie R., former Biodiversity Programme Director, FIELD).

In Italian

[2006] Francescon, S., La cancellazione del debito quale contributo alle politiche di lotta alla povertà, in Output N.3.

[2003] Francescon, S., Quale futuro per “commercio e ambiente” dopo Hong Kong?, in Rivista Giuridica dell’Ambiente, 2, 359-366.

[2003] Francescon, S., Quali agricoltori? Il dibattito in seno al WTO, in Il Ponte, Volume speciale su “Il cibo”, 121-135.

[2002] Francescon, S.; “Biosafety”: Europa e USA su vie diverse, in Etica per le Professioni, Giornale della Fondazione Lanza, 3, 39-47.

Awards and prizes

Teaching assistant in International Law, University of Ferrara.

Paola Gaeta

International politics area

Competences: International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law

Keywords: aggression, armed conflicts, crimes against humanity, genocide, international crimes, international criminal courts, use of force, war crimes

Region: ABROAD


Professor of International Law at University of Geneva (Suisse)

Professional career

Paola Gaeta (PhD in Law, European University Institute, 1997) is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva).  Before she joined the Institute, she was Professor of International Criminal Law at the University of Geneva and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Previously, from 1998 to 2007, Paola Gaeta was consecutively Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of International Law at the University of Florence. 

She was the Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (with Andrew Clapham) from 2010 to 2014, and was the Director of its LLM programmes from 2007 to 2014. She was also Long-Term Visiting Professor (1.09.2014-31.08.2015) and then Adjunct Professor at the Law Department of Bocconi University, Milan (1.09.2015 -31.08.2018).

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Institute for International Affairs (as from January 2017) and a promoter and founder of the Antonio Cassese Intiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity.

Scientific results

Professor’s Gaeta research interests focus on International criminal law, particularly with regard to topics more closely related to general issues of public international law and/or exposed to cross-fertilization by international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

The most relevant publications in this field include The 1949 Geneva Conventions, A commentary(co-editor with A. Clapham and M. Sassòli) (OUP, 2015); The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict(co-edited with Andrew Clapham) (OUP, 2014), the third and updated edition of Cassese’s International Criminal Law(with Antonio Cassese and others, OUP 2013); The UN Genocide Convention: A Commentary(editor, OUP, 2009); and The Statute of the International Criminal Court: A Commentary(co-editor with A. Cassese and J.R.W.D. Jones, OUP 2001). 

She is currently leading a research project, funded by the Swiss National Foundation for Research, on Lethal Autonomous Weapons and Responsibility for War Crimes.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications in leading international journals and volumes, covering a variety of issues concerning her area of interests and expertise.  She is also the co-author, with Antonio Cassese, of Cassese’s International Criminal Law, 3rd ed, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013 and Le sfide del diritto internazionale (‘Current Challenges of International Law’), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008 [315 pp]. 

The full list of publications is available at the following address:

She is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Criminal Justiceand previously of the European Journal of International Law. She was also editor (with S. Zappalà), of the Oxford Monographs in International Humanitarian and Criminal Law (Oxford University Press) (2012-16).

Awards and prizes

Winner (together with A. Clapham and M. Sassoli) of the 2017 ASIL Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars for the following volume: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, and Marco Sassóli (eds), The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Stefania Giannini

International politics area

Competences: Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Diplomacy, Education for Peace and Development, Education in Emergencies, Post-crisis and Conflict Environments, Education Policy and Planning, Gender Equality for Development, Linguistics, Prevention of the Violence and Extremism through Education, Culture and Science, Science Diplomacy, Sociolinguistics, Sustainable Development

Keywords: education, gender equality, hate speech and violent extremism conducive terrorism, higher education and research infrastructures, inclusion, migrations, quality and inclusive education, refugees, Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4)

Region: ABROAD


Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO.

Professional career

Stefania Giannini was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top United Nations official in the field of education. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO’s Education Sector in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4.

With an academic background is in the Humanities (PhD in Linguistics), Giannini became Professor of Linguistics in 1992 and served as Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012), being one of the first female Rectors and the youngest at that time in Italy.

She was member of the Selection Committee of the Erasmus Mundus programme in Brussels (2005 – 2009), the person responsible for international relations in the Committee of The Conference of Italian University Rectors (2006 – 2010) and a member of the National Commission for the Promotion of Italian Culture Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006 – 2011). 

Later on, Giannini was Senator of the Republic of Italy (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016).

Giannini also chaired the Education and Competitiveness Council of the European Union during the Italian Presidency (July – December 2014), working to promote the importance of creativity, cultural heritage and innovation as tools for dialogue between diverse populations, with a view to preventing radicalization and extremism.

Scientific results

Ms Giannini has devoted her career to promoting education as a fundamental human right, through the importance of language, lifelong learning, culture, freedom of expression and identity, in an effort to ensure more inclusive and equal societies.

Ms Giannini coordinated a number of relevant international projects in the field of higher education and research, contributing to the improvement of university cooperation between Europe and several other countries, from the United States to countries in Asia as well as the Middle East and North Africa region.

In her role as Senator of the Italian Republic and Minister of Education, Universities and Research, Ms Giannini developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, centred on social inclusion and targeting cultural awareness.

Editorial work and publications

Stefania Giannini has over 50 publications to her credit, including monographs and articles in specialized national and international sector magazines.

Selection of recent publications:

[2019] Giannini S., Editing and preface of Human Learning in the Digital EraUNESCO.

[2019] Giannini S., Right to education handbook, UNESCO.

[2019] Giannini S., Editing and foreword to UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers, UNESCO.

[2018] Giannini S., Editing and foreword to Behind the numbers: ending school violence and bullying, UNESCO.

[2018] Giannini S., Editing and foreword to Guidebook on education for sustainable development for educators: effective teaching and learning in teacher education institutions in Africa, UNESCO.

Awards and prizes

Grand’Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.

Honorary Professor at Bejing Beiwei University.

Valeria Giannotta

International politics area

Competences: International Relations

Keywords: Middle East, Turkey, UE-Turkey relations

Region: ABROAD


Scientific Director of Observatory on Turkey- CeSPI

Professional career

She studied in Milan at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, where she graduated in Political Science and International Relations with the highest grades (110/110) and where she received a summa cum laude degree in International Relations and European Integration. At the Catholic University of Milan she also got a PhD in Institutions and Policies with a thesis on "AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) and its Conservative Democracy program". She has been active in Turkey since March 2009 as a researcher and lecturer. She worked at Türk Hava Kurumu Üniversitesi in Ankara, the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Sabahattin Zaim University in Istanbul and as a visiting scholar at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara, chairing the course on the democratization process in Muslim countries, and at Gazikent University in Gaziantep. Previously she was a visiting researcher at the Department of International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, and in Ankara she collaborated with the Center for European Studies at the University of Ankara (ATAUM) and at the Center for European Studies of the Middle East Technical University (CES). As a Turkey expert, she collaborates with Think Tanks and participates in high-level strategic meetings. She is the author of numerous analyzes and articles that she has presented internationally as well. Among other things, she is the scientific coordinator of EİEAD (European Institute of Eurasian Dialogue), amember of the editorial committee of Mondo Operaio, a journal of politics and society and member of the scientific committee of ReaCT (National Observatory on Radicalism and for the Contrast to Terrorism).  From 2018 she has been regularly collaborated on issues of international importance as op-ed for the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah and as an analyst for the digital platform The New Turkey. From 2019 shi is director of Dal 2019 è Direttrice scientifica dell'Osservatorio Turchia- CeSPI. For her analytical objectivity and her commitment to supporting Italian diplomacy in Turkey, in 2017 she was awarded by the title Cavaliere della Stella di Italia by the Presidency of the Italian Republic.

Scientific results

She studied in Milan at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, where she graduated in Political Science and International Relations with the highest grades (110/110) and where she received a summa cum laude degree in International Relations and European Integration. At the Catholic University of Milan she also got a PhD in Institutions and Policies with a thesis on "AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) and its Conservative Democracy program". She has been active in Turkey since March 2009 as a researcher and lecturer. She worked at Türk Hava Kurumu Üniversitesi in Ankara, the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Sabahattin Zaim University in Istanbul and as a visiting scholar at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara, chairing the course on the democratization process in Muslim countries, and at Gazikent University in Gaziantep. Previously she was a visiting researcher at the Department of International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, and in Ankara she collaborated with the Center for European Studies at the University of Ankara (ATAUM) and at the Center for European Studies of the Middle East Technical University (CES). As a Turkey expert, she collaborates with Think Tanks and participates in high-level strategic meetings. She is the author of numerous analyzes and articles that she has presented internationally as well. Among other things, she is the scientific coordinator of EİEAD (European Institute of Eurasian Dialogue), amember of the editorial committee of Mondo Operaio, a journal of politics and society and member of the scientific committee of ReaCT (National Observatory on Radicalism and for the Contrast to Terrorism).  From 2018 she has been regularly collaborated on issues of international importance as op-ed for the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah and as an analyst for the digital platform The New Turkey. From 2019 shi is director of Dal 2019 è Direttrice scientifica dell'Osservatorio Turchia- CeSPI. For her analytical objectivity and her commitment to supporting Italian diplomacy in Turkey, in 2017 she was awarded by the title Cavaliere della Stella di Italia by the Presidency of the Italian Republic.

Scientific results

Since 2009 she has been focusing on Turkey and Turkish politics. She studied from within the AKP phenomenon and the normalization and transformation processes of Turkish politics, culminating in the executive presidentialism in June 2018. Specifically, her research interests concern the Turkish democratic transition within contemporary Turkish politics, the Turkey-EU relations, Turkish foreign policy and relations between religion and politics. She regularly lectures and gives seminars on international relations and Turkey at universities and Thin Tanks. She takes part in panels and conferences and she is called to give her contribution to radio and television programs, newspapers and journals.

Editorial work and publications

[2020] Giannotta  V. and Andrea Locatelli, Tra il califfo e il sultano: la guerra allo Stato Islamico, il contributo dei curdi e il ruolo della Turchia, in D. Fiammenghi (ed),L’evoluzione del terrorismo islamico. Dalle Primavere Arabe al ritiro americano dalla Siria (2011-2020)Edizioni Epoke’, 2020, ISBN 978-88-31327-07-7

[2020] Giannotta V.NATO and Turkey: a fluctuating relationshipin M. Testoni (ed)NATO and Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century: Foreign and Security Policy Perspectives", Routledge, December 2020 ISBN9781003045434

[2019] Il partito AKP: tra conservatorismo e riformismoRivista di Politica, 02/2019, ISSN: 2037-495X

[2018] Giannotta V., Trump, il Mediorente e la Turchia, in Quarenghi A. (ed.),Trump e l'ordine internazionale. Continuità e discontinuità nella politica estera statunitense del XXI secolo, Egea, 2018.

[2018] Giannotta V., Erdoğan e il suo Partito. AKP tra riformismo e conservatorismo, Castelvecchi, 2018. 

[2016] Giannotta V., Narratives of the Past and Cultural Heritage in Turkish Party Politics: from Republican Political Myth to Conservative Counter- revolution, in Raudvere, C. (ed.), Contested Memories and the Demands of the Past: History Cultures in the Modern Muslim World,Routledge, London, 2016.

[2015] Giannotta V., Il partito della Nazione,in Mondoperaio, ottobre 2015.

[2014] Giannotta V., La Turchia e l’Azerbaijan(Turkey and Azerbaijan), in Locatelli, A. e Carati, A. Le Relazioni İnternazionali Dell’Azerbaijan,Sandro Teti ed., Roma. 

[2013] Giannotta V., La Turchia dopo la primavera Araba (Turkey after the Arab Spring), in Locatelli A., e Parsi, V. E. (ed.),L’onda lunga delle Primavere arabe,Vita e Pensiero, Milano. 

[2013] Giannotta V., European Paradox, Cypriot anathema, in Rivista della Cooperazione Giuridica Internazionale (İnternational Cooperation Law Review), XXV, 43.

[2013] Giannotta V., AKP as Social and Political Center, in ISZU, journal of Social Sciences, spring issue, 2013.

Awards and prizes

"Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia", awarded by the Presidency of the Republic of Italy for the objectivity of analysis and activity in support of Italian diplomacy and efforts in building cultural bridge between Italy and Turkey.

The book Erdoğan e il suo partito. AKP tra Riformismo e conservatorismo got awarded with the Italian special Prize Cerruglio 2019 on contemporary essays. 

Giorgia Giovannetti

International politics area

Competences: Development Policy, European Economy, International Economics and Policy

Keywords: belt and road, Brexit, China, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19 and Italian companies, Covid-19 an Mediterranean, Covid-19: impact on global value chains, Covid-19: manufacturing and services, Covid-19: socio-economics impact, economic development, emerging countries, Europe, Financial crisis and Covid-19 crisis: differences, Middle East and North Africa, productivity, social protection, Sub Saharan Africa

Region: Tuscany


Full professor of Political Economics and pro rector at University of Florence

Professional career

Giorgia Giovannetti is vice president for international relations and full professor of economics at the University of Florence, visiting professor at the European University Institute (EUI) and New York University - Florence, and member of the "Consiglio di reggenza" of the Bank of Italy-Florence. She was the scientific director of the first and second European Development Report (ERD 2009 and 2010); she directed the research unit of the Italian trade Agency-ICE (2005-2007). She has a PhD in economics from Cambridge-UK and a degree with honors in Statistics from Rome-Sapienza. She was a fellow of Trinity College in Cambridge (1990-1995) and a visiting professor at several universities (Pompeu Fabra University -UPF, Hoover Institution- Stanford, Universitat Torcuato de Tella). She is (or has been) member of the editorial boards of IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook (since 2010); Rapporto Commercio estero, ICE (since 2004); Italian Economy, Journal of Unicredit (2011-2014); Manlio Masi Foundation (since 2007), Italian Economic Journal, from 2017. She has published in important academic journals and presented at major international conferences. She has been a consultant to MAECI, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Trade, European Commission, World Bank, Global Development Center. She is a fellow of the Luca D’Agliano study center and of the Ferdi Foundation (Clermont Ferrand).

Scientific results

Giorgia Giovannetti's research activity is mainly on international economics and development economics. Giovannetti has dedicated itself to studying firms’ productivity and competitiveness both in industrial countries (with particular attention to Italy) and in developing countries. More specifically, she studied how participation in global value chains affects firms’ productivity, as well as the possibility of a country to exploit development opportunities. She also studied the Chinese economy both to understand if and to what extent Chinese exports "crowd out" the Italian and German ones and those of African countries, and to identify the reasons behind Chinese investments along the Belt and Road Initiative. Over time, she has studied European economy and Brexit, the problems of African countries in situation of fragility and conflict, as well as the role of social protection in developing countries.

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Giovannetti, G., The Dynamics of Foreign Direct Investments in Land and Pollution Accumulation, Environmental and Resource Economics with Borghesi, S., Iannucci GL and Russo. 

[2018] Giovannetti, G., The Role of Trade and Offshoring in the Determination of Relative Wages and Child Labour, in The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development RJTE Global, with S. Cigno and L. Sabani, volume 27, number 3.

[2017] Giovannetti, G., Del Prete, D., Marvasi, E., Global Value Chains: new evidence for North Africa, International Economics, November 2017, Volume 153, Issue 4, pp 675–701.

[2017] Giovannetti, G., MArvasi, E., Governance, value chain positioning and firms' heterogeneous performance: The case of Tuscany, International Economics, 2017.

[2017] Giovannetti, G., Del Prete, D., Marvasi, E., Value Chains Participation and Productivity Gains for North African Firms, Review of World Economy.

[2017] Giovannetti, G., Ricchiuti, G., Velucchi, M., Size and technology: The Odd Couple for affiliates survival, in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Volume 40, March 2017, Pages 64-71. 

[2016] Giovannetti, G., Ticci, E., Determinants of biofuel-oriented land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews.

[2016] Giovannetti, G., Marvasi, E., Food Exporters in Global Value Chains, in Food Policy, 2016. 

[2016] Giovannetti, G., Sanfilippo, M., China’s competition and the export price strategies of developed countries, in International Review of Applied Economics, 2016, volume 30, number 2.

[2015] Giovannetti, G., Sanfilippo, M., Marvasi, E., Supply chains and the internationalization of small firms, in Small Business Economics.

[2013] Giovannetti, G., Ricchiuti, G., Velucchi, M., Location, Internationalization and Performance of Firms in Italy: a Multilevel Approach, in Applied Economics, 2013, volume 45, issue 18.

[2013] Giovannetti, G., Cuffaro, N., Monni, S., Foreign Acquisitions of Land in Developing Countries. Risks, Opportunities and New Actors , in QA – Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria, n. 2, 2013.

Elisa Giunchi

International politics area

Competences: History and Politics of the Middle East, Islam

Keywords: Afghanistan, Islam and gender, Islamism, Middle East, Pakistan, shari’a

Region: Lombardy


Associate professor of History and institutions of Muslim Countries at Università degli Studi di Milano

Professional career

She obtained an M.Phil. in Islamic Studies and a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. Between 1994 and 2001 she worked in the humanitarian field in Jordan and Italy and in that context she travelled extensively in Asia. In 2002 she became a researcher at the Università degli studi di Milano and started to teach various courses on the history and institutions of the Middle East. Since then she has also taught at other Universities and acted as a referee for several academic journals. In 2013 she visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. She has recently set up with some colleagues a new on-line journal; she has been for many years part of editorial committees and board of directors of academic journals such as Rivista italiana di storia internazionale; Afriche & Orienti; Quaderni Asiatici; Storia delle Donne.

Scientific results

Elisa Giunchi follows four main research fields: the first is the evolution and interpretation of shari’a in the courts of law of Pakistan; the second is the territorial disputes between Afghanistan and Pakistan; the third is religious authority in Islam and its relationship with political power; the fourth is the transfer of military technology to Afghanistan since the end of the 19th century. On each of these subjects she has written extensively and held seminars and lectures.

Editorial work and publications

[2017] Giunchi E., Nel nome di Allah: l’autorità religiosa nell’Islam. Jouvence.

[2009] Giunchi E., Pakistan: islam, potere e democratizzazione. Carocci.

[2007] Giunchi E., Afghanistan: Storia e società nel cuore dell’Asia. Carocci.

Recent academic articles and essays

[2019] Giunchi E., Democratization and the relevance of history: the case of Pakistan, in Nuovi autoritarismi e democrazie: diritto, istituzioni, società (NAD), 1, 1.

[2019] Giunchi E., La proliferazione di armi in Afghanistan: una prospettiva di lungo periodo, in Giunchi E. - Ponti C. (eds.),  Le armi nel mondo contemporaneo: proliferazione, regimi di controllo e prospettive di disarmoGiappichelli.

[2018] Giunchi E., Il concetto di sovranità divina nella Costituzione pakistana: uno strumento per espandere o limitare i diritti fondamentali?, in Afriche e Orienti, XX, 1-2.

[2015] Giunchi E., Jihadists, the web and the issue of religious authority, in L. Tomè (ed.), Islamic state. The new global jihadist phenomenon.

[2014] Giunchi E.,Muslim Family Law and Legal Practice in the West: An Introduction, in Giunchi E., (ed.), Muslim family law in Western courts, Routledge.

[2013] Giunchi E.,Islamization and judicial activism in Pakistan: what šarīʻah?, Oriente Moderno, 93, 1.

[2013] Giunchi E., The Durand Line: an historical perspective, Internationales Asienform, 44, 1-2. 

[2011] Giunchi E, Democratic Transition and Social Spending: the case of Pakistan in the 1990s, Democratization, 18, 6.

[2010] Giunchi E., The reinvention of the sharī‘a under the British Raj: In search for authenticity and certainty,Journal of Asian Studies, 68, 4. 

Awards and prizes

In 2018 she received from the Università degli Studi di Milano a special fund as a reward for her scientific production.

Serena Giusti

International politics area

Competences: Art and Politics, Central and Eastern Europe, Cultural Diplomacy, European Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations, Russian foreign policy, Security, United Kingdom Foreign Policy

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: geopolitics of vaccines, European Union, United Kingdom

Region: Tuscany


Senior Lecturer International Relations, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa and Senior Associate Research Fellow, ISPI, Milan  

Professional career

Serena Giusti graduated in Political Scienceat University of Florence and holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, as well as a Master’s degree from the College of Europe (Natolin). She has worked for the European Commission, Unicef-icdc and OSCE. She has been a visiting Researcher in the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Westminster London. She has offered courses in several universities, among them: Catholic University (Milan), Luiss (Rome), New York University (Florence), Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, Novosibirsk State University. Since 2014, she teaches International Relations at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. 

Scientific results

Serena Giusti is an expert on Central-Eastern European countries and on Russia, especially in the field of their relationship with the European Union. Moreover, she has studied the dynamics of foreign policy and security both for the EU and for other actors. In 2017 she was awarded a Jean Monnet Activities project "EU-Russia, Connecting People and Ideas Revolution, Post-Soviet Space”- 587038-EPP-1-2017-1-IT-EPPJMO-PROJECT and in 2014 a Jean Monnet module: “The EU’s responses to the challenges of its Neighbourhood”, Grant Decision n.2014 2539/553495. Since 2018, she is a partner of the project The use of Art in the Public Domain and the Politics of Heritage (Politage)headed by the University of BolzanoIn 2018, her project on the Protection of cultural heritage was financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Editorial work and publications

Among her latest publications: 

[2019] Giusti, S., Mirkina, I. (eds) The EU in a Trans-European Space, External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, London, Palgrave.  

[2019] Giusti, S., “Russia’s Fluctuating Foreign Policy” in F. Bindi (ed), Europe and America- The End of the Transatlantic Relationship, The Brookings Institute, Washington, March.

[2019] Giusti,  S., “From a regional hegemony to a global power in potency: the EU’s Global Strategy”  in Giusti, S., Mirkina, I. (eds), The EU in a Trans-European Space, External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, London, Palgrave. 

[2019] Giusti, S., Russo, A. "The Securitisation of Cultural Heritage"International Journal of Cultural Policy, 25(7): 843-857.

[2018] Giusti, S., Talani, L.S., (eds) Women in the Mediterranean, London and New York, Routledge.

[2018] Giusti, S., Lamonica, A., Foradori, P. “Reshaping Cultural Heritage Protection Policies at a Time of Securitisation: The Case of France, Italy, and the United Kingdom”, International Spectator, 5(3): 86-101.

[2017] Giusti, S., "Gender Mainstreaming towards the Mediterranean: The Case of the ENP"Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 19(5): 524-540

[2017]Giusti, S., Franco, C., "The Europeanization of Turkey’s Foreign Policy: from Alignment to Misalignment?", in Baracani, E., Calimli, M. (a cura di), European Perspectives on Turkey's Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy, Foundation Bruno Kessler Press, 73-94. 

[2017]Giusti, S., "Russia Federation’s posture towards the European Neighbourhood Policy: A Neoclassical Realist Explanation", in Gstohl, S. and Schunz J. (a cura di), Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy, London and New York, Routledge, 61-82. 

[2016] Giusti, S., "The EU’s transformative power challenged in Ukraine"European Foreign Affairs Review, 2(2): 165-183. 

[2014]Giusti, S., Fassi, E., "The European Endowment for Democracy and Democracy Promotion in the EU Neighbourhood", The International Spectator, 49(4):112-129.

[2012] Giusti, S., La Proiezione sterna della Federazione Russa, Pisa, ETS. 

Awards and prizes

She is a member of the OSCE Reflection Group on European Security and sits in the Advisory board of Women International Security (WIIS) – Italy. She is also vice-President of the Forum per i problemi della Pace e della Guerra, Florence. 

Daniela Irrera

International politics area

Competences: Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management, Global Cooperation against Terrorism and Organised Crime, Non-State Actors in International Relations, Peacekeeping and Civilian Missions, Simulations as an Active Learning Tool

Keywords: academic freedom, civil society, conflict, criminality, international crimes, non-State actors, peace, security, terrorism

Region: Lazio


Full Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Scuola Superiore Universitaria della Difesa, Rome. Professor of Political Violence and Terrorism and of Sustainability and Civil Society at the OSCE Academy Bishkek.

Professional career

Graduated in International Political Sciences at the University of Messina; PhD in International Relations, University of Catania in 2004. Adjunct Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Palermo and research fellow at the University of Messina from 2004 to 2008. In 2008, she obtained her first tenured positions as Assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Catania. In 2013, she qualified as Associate Professor of Political Science and in 2016 obtained a tenured position as associate professor at the University of Catania. In 2017, she obtained the national qualification as Full Professor of Political Science.

Until September 2023, she is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Catania, where she holds the positions of Rector's Delegate for Erasmus Institutional Coordination, President of the Master's Degree Course in Global Politics and Euro-Mediterranean Relations (GLOPEM) and Deputy Coordinator of the Doctorate in Political Science.

Daniela Irrera is member of the executive committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and Chair of the ECPR Working Group on Academic Freedom.  She has been member of the Governing Council of the International Studies Association  (2019-2021), Secretary General of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP) (2018-2021), Chair of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations (2019-2021), President of the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) (2017-2022). 

Scientific results

Her current research focuses on the influence of non-state actors in global politics, bridging knowledge about the positive (civil society groups and NGOs) and negative actors (criminals and terrorists).  She has been supported by several scholarship and grants, including Fulbright,  DAAD and Marie Curie action. 

She is Principal Investigator of the UNICT unit of the Mapping and Organizing Research on Dictatorships: Open access Repository (MORDOR) project, funded by the Erasmus + Cooperation Partnership for higher education K220.

She is secondary proposer of the COST CA21133 – Globalization, Illicit Trade, Sustainability and Security (GLITSS).

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Irrera is associate editor of Journal of Contemporary European Studies and coeditor of the Springer book series Non-State Actors in International Relations, together with Marianna Charountaki.  

She has extensively published monographs, edited volumes, book chapters and journal articles (among others, on Global Crime, The European Union Review, Perspectives in European Politics and Society, European Foreign Affairs Review).

Here below, a selection.

[2022] Irrera D. Les ONG et la vulnérabilité en temps de crise, entre continuité et innovation. HERMÈS, 89: 135-140.

[2021] Irrera D. Non-state actors and conflict management in proxy wars. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, Oxford University Press. 

[2021] Irrera D. Managing African conflicts: using CSDP missions to cope with terrorism and organized crime. In V. Fargion & M. Gazibo (eds.), 'Revisiting EU-Africa Relations in a Changing World, Edward Elgar'. Cheltenham, pp. 24-36.

[2020] Irrera D. Simulating conflict resolution dynamics and fostering negotiation skills. OASIS. 33 (oct. 2020), pp. 13-28.

[2020] Irrera D. NGOs in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on migrants and refugees: A reopening of public space. Policy Brief, 3 (2), 2020, Yasar University UNESCO Chair on International Migration.

[2019] Wong, R. Irrera D. Regional Variations and Crisis. In Jae-Jae Spoon and Nils Ringe (eds.) 'Regional Variations and Crisis Comparing European Union and Association of Southeast Asian Nations Integration Dynamics, in The European Union and beyond'.  ECPR Press, Rowan & Littlefield, London, pp. 215-236.

[2019] Irrera D. NGOs and Security in Conflict Zones. In Thomas Davies (eds.), ‘Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations’. Routledge, London.

[2018] Irrera D. The Relevance of Third-Party Intervention. (Virtual Special Issue), Conflict Management and Peace Science.

[2018] Irrera D. Organised Crime: balancing between national constraints and global necessities. In Ripoll Servent, Ariadna & Trauner, Florian (eds.), ‘Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research’. Routledge, London.

[2018] Irrera D. EU Emergency Response Policies and NGOs. Trends and Innovations. Palgrave, Basingstoke.

[2016] Irrera D. Migrants, the EU and NGOs: The ‘Practice’ of non-governmental SAR operations. Romanian Journal of European Affairs, 16 (3), pp. 20-35.

[2014] Stavridis S. Irrera D. The European Parliament and its International Relations. Routledge, London.

Awards and prizes

2019 ISA “The United Nations At 75”, Geneva. 

2019 Marie Curie Secondment H2020-Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions-RISE, “KANTINSA - Kant in South America”, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. 

2020 Award to the Game of Peace simulation,  the best European teaching practices that enhance learning for international students (IMPACT Project).

Francesca Longo

International politics area

Competences: European Foreign Policy, European Union, International Politics, International Relations, International Security, Migration Policies

Keywords: elections, European institutions, European Political Parties, European Union Political System, migrations

Region: Sicily


Full Professor of Political Science, University of Catania. President of the Italian Political Science Association.

Professional career

Francesca Longo graduated in Political Science at the University of Catania. She got her PhD in International Relations at the University of Padua. She is full Professor of Political Science at the University of Catania, ahere she held the Jean Monne chair in European Union Policy. She has been a member of several international research groups on the topic of the fight against organised crime and immigration policy. She is part of the academic commitee of the PhD programme on Political Science and Sociology at the “Scuola Normale” Pisa /Firenze. She is coordinator of the Standing Group on Organised Crime – European Consortium for Political Research. 

Scientific results

Her research interests are focused on the functioning of the EU political system, with particular focus on the relationship between the executive and the legislative. Moreover she studies EU migration Policy, EU policy  against organised crime and the security policy of the EU.  In the last years, her research has been enriched with the topic of Italian immigration policy and Italian foreign policy. 

Editorial work and publications

Latest Publications:

[2019] Longo F. e Isernia P.,  La Politica Estera Italiana nel Nuovo Millennio, Il Mulino.

[2018] Longo F., Italy and the refugees crisis, in Journal of Political & Military Sociology45.

[2017] Longo F. e Isernia P., The Italian foreign policy: challenges and continuities, in Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica47, p. 107-124.

[2016] Longo F., ‘La politica di immigrazione dell'Unione Europea tra vecchie e nuove sfide’, inPanebianco S. (a cura di),Sulle onde del Mediterraneo: Cambiamenti globali e risposte alla crisi migratoria. EGEA.

[2016] Longo F., ‘A party system without a party government in the European Union?’, in Mascia M. (ed.), Toward a European Transnational Party System, AUSE Ed. 

[2015] Longo F, ‘La Criminalità Organizzata’, in Foradori P, Giacomello G. (a cura di), Sicurezza Globale. Le Nuove Minacce.Il Mulino.

[2013] Longo F., Justice and Home Affairs as a New Dimension of the European Security Concept. in European Foreign Affairs Review, 18, p. 29-46. 

[2013] Longo F., The Relevance of Security Sector Reform in Humanitarian Intervention: The Case of the European Union in the Mediterranean, in Democracy and Security, 9.

[2012] Longo F., ‘Justice and Home Affairs as a new Tool of European Policy: The Case of Mediterranean Countries’, in AA.VV,  The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe's Role in the World, second updated edition. p. 85-96, Brookings Institution Press. 

Awards and prizes

Since 2018 she has been President of the Italian Political Science Association.

Chiara Lovotti

International politics area

Competences: International History, International Relations of the Middle East, Russia-Middle East relations

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Syria

Region: Lombardy


Associate Research Fellow at ISPI and PhD Candidate in Hisory at the University of Bologna

Professional career

Chiara Lovotti is an Associate Research Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Centre at ISPI. She previously was a Research Assistant at ISPI and a Research Assistant at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve. Chiara is also a PhD candidate at the faculty of History at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. She holds a Bachelor's in Foreign Languages and International Relations from the Catholic University of Milan, a Master's in Development Studies from the University of Louvain, Belgium, another Master's in Middle Eastern Studies at the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations, Milan, and has been a visiting student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Scientific results

Her research interests include socio-political transformations in the Middle East, with a focus on Iraq and Syria, relations between Russia and Middle-Eastern countries, and Russian foreign policy towards the area. Her academic research focuses on the impact of Soviet influence on state-building processes in the Arab Levant. At ISPI she deals with the organization of “Rome MED – Mediterranean Dialogues”, the annual forum promoted in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation which brings together leaders from both shores of the Mediterranean and provides a hub for debates on issues such as security, economic prosperity, energy and social transformations in the area.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Lovotti C. The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?

[2019] Lovotti C. The "Syraqi" Chessboard: Who Leads the Play?

[2018] Lovotti C. Russia in the Middle East: The Biggest Challenge is Yet to Come

[2018] Lovotti C. Iraq's Election: Turning the Page?

[2018] Lovotti C. La Russia in Medio Oriente. Una presenza destinata a durare?

Tina Magazzini

International politics area

Competences: Human Rights, International Relations, Minority Rights, Social Inclusion

Keywords: cultural and religious diversity, identity politics, integration, minorities

Region: Tuscany


Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

Professional career

Tina Magazzini holds a BA in Political Science (University of Florence, Italy), a MA in International Relations (CCNY, New York, United States) and a PhD in Human Rights (University of Deusto, Bilbao, Basque Country). She is a Research Associate at the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute working primarily on a project dealing with religious diversity governance. Her research interests are in the fields of comparative politics, migration and integration policies, diversity management, identity and the relationship between majorities, minorities and states. She is interested in both applied and theoretical research in these areas, which led her to follow a non-linear path where she alternated and attempted to merge academic research and policy work for international bodies. Previously to joining the EUI she worked with a number of NGOs, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO in the areas of social inclusion, Roma integration policy-making and minority rights in the United States, Guatemala, Belgium, Hungary, Spain and Zimbabwe.                      

She carried out her PhD research within the Marie Sklodowska Curie project INTEGRIM– Integration and International Migration: pathways and integration policies and was awarded the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship in 2016 by the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and the Social Impact Award in 2018 by the Marie Curie Alumni Association. 

Scientific results

Her expertise lays in comparative politics, with a focus on minority rights and social inclusion. In 2012 she worked in the Directorate for Policy Coordination (DG REGIO) of the European Commission on issues related to social inclusion and marginalized communities. This experience strongly contributed to the choice of pursuing a doctorate on this topic, which turned into a research project that investigates the strengths and weaknesses of policies aimed at Roma and migrant minorities in Italy and Spain.

What may seem to be a niche area (policies aimed at ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities) provide useful insights into understanding the wider dynamics of racism and of structural discrimination that inform much of the political agendas of contemporary European democracies. What may be labeled as academic research on "minorities" is therefore functional to understanding the mechanisms of social, economic and political inclusion and exclusion for society as a whole.

Spending one year working in the Social and Human Sciences unit of the UNESCO office for Southern Africa enabled her to broaden her perspective both in analytical and methodological terms. The project she currently works in seeks to overcome the Eurocentric perspective that is generally adopted in academic research on religious diversity, by look at models of religious governance in the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

Since 2015 she collaborates with WOTS, a grassroots platform whose purpose is to disseminate social research by combining journalistic style and scientific rigor. 

Also related to dissemination activities, a short movie she directed has been used in an anti-xenophobia campaign by the MADE – Migration and Development Civil Society Network, as part of the Global Forum for Migration and Development’s debate on migration and stereotypes.

She is a reviewer for the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Social Inclusion, East European Journal of Society and Politics and Configurações.

Editorial work and publications

Recent publications include articles for the peer-reviewed journals Migration LettersPolicy & PoliticsInternational Migration,among others.

 [2019] Magazzini, T., Piemontese, S., Constructing Roma Migrants: European Narratives and Local Governance, IMISCOE Book series, Springer. Proposta di libro vincitore del premio IMISCOE Springer 2017 e pubblicato gratuitamente in Open Access.

[2018] Magazzini, T., What’s in a name? Causes and consequences of labeling minorities as ‘national’ or ‘migrant’: Roma in Italy and SpainInternational Migration, Vol. 56, Special Issue The Changing Face of Migration: Future Challenges for Societies.

[2017] Magazzini, T., Making the most of super-diversity. Notes on the potential of a new approach, inPolicy & Politics, Vol.45, No. 4, ISSN: 1744-2648, pp. 527-545

[2016] Magazzini, T.,  Cultural institutions as a combat sport. Reflections on the European Roma Institute, in The Age of Human Rights Journal,No. 7, Special Issue, Identity and Cultural Integration, ISSN: 2340-9592, pp. 50-76. 

[2016] Magazzini, T., Piemontese, S.,  Roma’ migration in the EU: the case of Spain between ‘new’ and ‘old’ minorities, in Migration Letters, Vol.13, No.2, Special Issue Protecting and including “new” and “old” minorities: opportunities, challenges, synergies, ISSN: 1741-8984, pp. 228-241.

Awards and prizes

2018: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence and  Marie Curie Alumni Association Social Impact Award.

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