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Laura Mirachian

International politics area

Competences: diplomacy, international politics

Keywords: Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe, Middle East, Russia, Somalia, UN (United Nations)

Region: Lazio


Ambassador, Diplomatic

Professional career

She started her Diplomatic career in 1974 Diplomatic. After her first assignments in Somalia and Dublin she was at the Directorate General for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Europe's External Affairs Office, representing Italy in all Working Groups in Brussels and coordinating the Italian administrations involved until 1983, when she reached the rank of Office Regent. Thanks to the experience gained in this period, she was assigned to the UN Permanent Representation in Geneva with the mandate to represent Italy in all the "Uruguay Round" negotiation’s Working Groups of the GATT for the international liberalization of trade and services. In this context, she was in charge of the European Presidency in the Italian semester of 1990.

In January 1992 she was appointed Chargé d'Affaires in Belgrade, at the beginning of the Balkan wars, a role that she will hold for three years, ensuring the protection of Italian interests, helping to define Italian politics within the European framework, with the purpose to stop the conflict, achieve the democratic stabilization of the region and promote the resumption of a dialogue between the parties involved.

Returning to Rome in 1995, she was appointed Head of the Balkan / Eastern Mediterranean Unit (including Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus) of the Directorate General for Political Affairs where she remained for over five years, participating as Italy's spokesperson in Brussels Working Groups on the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean, coordinating the other Directorates General of the MFA and other Italian administrations, contributing to shape the Italian position within the United Nations, NATO, OSCE and other international organizazions. In 1996, she was in charge of the EU Presidency functions during the Italian semester and participated in the formal and informal international meetings for Bosnia until the Dayton Agreements. In 1997, she participated in the definition of the so-called “Alba Operation”, aimed at stabilizing AlbaniaIn 1999, she was the representative of Italy to the Rambouillet conference for the stabilization of the former Yugoslavia and participated, with the representatives of the Contact Group and the International Organizations involved, in the entire negotiation aimed at managing the Kosovo crisis.

In 2000, she was appointed Ambassador to Damascus (Syria), where she served for four years with the task of promoting peace in the Middle East region. Returning to Rome, in 2006 she was appointed Director General for European Countries. The "constituency" of competence extends from Lisbon to Vladivostok, including, in addition to European countries, the countries of the Balkans, the three countries of the Caucasus, the five Central Asian Republics, and Russia. In 2008 she was promoted to Ambassador and since 2009 she has been the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva for 4 years.

Scientific results

Extensive diplomatic assignments in Middle East, Balkans, Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and with the United Nations.

Editorial work and publications

Mirachian L, Syria and its neighbourhood (Siria e Vicinato), UniversitàCattolica

Mirachian L, Syria, why?Siria perché, Guerini.

She collaborates on a regular base (inter alia) with: Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and La Stampa (newspaper).

Awards and prizes

In 1997, when Albania collapsed under the impact of the political-economic-financial crisis,she contributed to the definition of the Italian aid policy to the country and to the political management of the "Operation Alba" of peace-keeping, security, and reconstruction, under the aegis of the UN. The success of the Italian operation is universally recognized, primarily by the United Nations, and is still cited internationally as a model.

2008 Minerva Award ‘A Woman for Peace’ 

She has received various honours conferred by the President of the Italian Republic and various foreign States.

Carla Monteleone

International politics area

Competences: international relations

Keywords: Coalitions, Italian foreign policy, multilateralism, safety, transatlantic relations

Region: Sicily


Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations

Professional career

After her laurea (B.A.) in Political Sciences (University of Palermo, 1995), she earned an M.A. in International Relations and European Studies (University of Kent at Canterbury, UK) and a Ph.D. in International Relations (University of Milan, 2001). She is a member of the Italian Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the European International Studies Association, and the Transatlantic Studies Association. She was awarded a Fulbright-Schuman scholarship (research on International Security, Multilateral Intervention, and the Question of Legitimacy: The Role of Cooperation Between the US and the EU) e she has been visiting scholar at Columbia University (Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Institute on Western Europe) and Georgetown University (USA). She has contributed to several national and international research groups, including on the role of the US in the spatially fragmented international system, on Italian foreign policy, on the impact of the economic crisis on the de-Europeanization of the foreign policy of South European states, and on American bases in Europe. She has lectured on security and global change at the Istituto di Alti Studi per la Difesa of the Centro Alti Studi per la Difesa within the framework of the IASD sessions (2017, 2018 e 2019). She currently teaches Political Science and International Relations at the University of Palermo and coordinates (with Vittorio Parsi) the Standing Group on International Relations of the Italian Political Science Association.

Scientific results

Her research activity focuses on:

-      Security, analyzing the concept and dimensions (military and nonmilitary) of security and their evolution over time, internal-external links, policies and instruments, actors (especially the US and the EU), and main institutions (particularly multilateral institutions and pluralistic security communities)

-      Multilateralism, analyzing its evolution (especially in relation to its role within the American hegemonic order and its relationship with the US), institutions (particularly the Security Council) and policies

-      Italian foreign and security policy, analyzing variations in its Europeanization and in relation to the US (looking both at the US-led hegemonic order and the American bases in Italy), Russia, and China

-      The relationship between the coalitional behavior of states and changes in the organization of the international political system.

She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Transatlantic Studiesand as referee for several international scientific journals.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Monteleone, C., Italy in Uncertain Times: Europeanizing Foreign Policy in the Declining Process of the American Hegemony, Lanham, Boulder, New York and London, Lexington Books, 2019.

[2019] Monteleone, C., The United Nations (UN) and the European Union, in Oxford Encyclopedia of European Union Politics, Oxford University Press. 

[2019] Monteleone, C., I diritti umani come tema conflittuale nel Consiglio di Sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite, in Ragion pratica, vol. 52, n. 1, pp. 35-50.

[2018] Monteleone, C., Spatial Fragmentation of, and US Support for, the Main Multilateral Institutions of the Western Order, in Clementi, M., Pisciotta B., and Dian, M., (eds.), US Foreign Policy in a Challenging World. Building Order on Shifting Foundations, Springer, London and Milan.

[2016] Monteleone, C., Do terrorism, organized crime (drug production), and state weakness affect contemporary armed conflicts? An empirical analysis, in Global Change, Peace & Security, vol. 28, n. 1, 2016. 

[2015] Monteleone, C., Beyond Material Factors? Identity, Culture and the Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, in Cladi L. and Locatelli A. (eds.), International Relations Theory and European Security. We Thought We Knew, Routledge, 2015.

[2015] Monteleone, C., Coalition Building in the UN Security Council, in International Relations, vol. 45, n. 1, pp. 45-68.

[2014] Monteleone, C., Crisi e ordine globale. Verso il declino dell’ordine multilaterale occidentale?,in Atlante Geopolitico Treccani, Roma, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani.

[2012] Monteleone, C., Politiche di sicurezza e cambiamento globale(ed.), Milan, FrancoAngeli.

[2011] Monteleone, C., The Enabling Factor: The Influence of US-EU Cooperation on UN Peace Operations, in European Security, vol. 20, n. 2, pp. 265-289.

[2009] Monteleone, C., The End of the Euro-Atlantic Pluralistic Security Community? The New Agenda of Transatlantic Security Relations in the Global Political System, in N. Fernandez Sola and M. Smith (eds.), Perceptions and Policy in Transatlantic Relations: Prospective Visions from the US and Europe, Routledge.

[2007] Monteleone, C., The Evolution of the Euro-Atlantic Pluralistic Security Community: Impact and Perspectives of the Presence of American Bases in Italy, in Journal of Transatlantic Studies, vol. 5, n. 1, pp. 63-87.

Karolina Muti

International politics area

Competences: European defense, security and defense strategies and policies

Keywords: Europe, nato, Poland, security and defense strategies in Italy

Region: Lazio


Junior researcher in the Security and Defence programmes of the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) in Rome

Professional career

Before starting to work as junior researcher, Karolina Muti has managed the international relations of a small enterprise in the Marche region (2013-2014) and worked with asylum seekers in an NGO (2014). In 2017 she graduates with honors in International Security and Politics from the department of International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs of University of Bologna (Forlì department) with a thesis on European defence. During her university years, she teaches classes of History and institutions of the EU in primary, middle and high schools as European tutor with the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in Forlì and wins two scholarships that allow her to complete studying periods in Santiago de Chile and Moscow. In 2017 she joins the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) as a trainee and project assistant, and then joins the research team of the Institute's Security and Defense programs in 2018. Karolina Muti has carried out research on issues related to defense and defense industry in Europe; Poland and the Polish security and defense strategy, and EU civilian missions. In addition, she deals with European projects related to non-conventional CBRN threats (nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological) and has contributed to the creation of the first Italian Cluster dedicated to CBRN threats ( Karolina is an Italian and Polish native speaker and speaks English, Spanish, and Russian.

Scientific results

Karolina worked on projects funded by the European Commission (, and by the European Defense Agency (EDA) ( on topics such as the main and future trends in the European defense industry, the Polish security and defense strategy, EU civilian missions, as well as on nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological threats (CBRN). In addition, she participates to the creation and coordination of the first Italian Cluster dedicated to CBRN threats (

In December 2018 Karolina was invited by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to present an analysis on Poland and European defense during the conference for the celebration of the centenary of Poland's independence. In April 2019 a study about “Italians and defense" in which she collaborated was presented at the Italian Senate ( of the investigation-iai-laps-on-threats-to-security). Her articles were quoted by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP),  (, Radio radicale (, and  Paolo Pagliaro’s “Il Punto” programme. 

Editorial work and publications

In Italian: 

[2019] K.Muti, A.Marrone, “Gli Italiani e la difesa: consenso inatteso su minacce e sicurezza”, in Affarinternazionali.

[2019] (cooperation with P.Isernia, A.Marrone et alia), “Gli italiani e la Difesa” (Rapporto di ricerca a cura di Laboratorio di analisi politiche e sociali (LAPS) e IAI), Documenti IAI 19|08, Rome.

[2019] K.Muti, “Polonia: garanzia di sicurezza sperasi con Fort Trump”, in AffarinternazionaliEuropa Atlantica

[2018] K.Muti, L.Botti, “La sicurezza dell’Italia e la minaccia nucleare, biologica, chimica e radiologica”, Documenti IAI 18/24, Rome. 

[2018] K.Muti, M.Moretti, “Campagna elettorale: linguaggio e scelte retoriche dei candidati” in Affarinternazionali.

In English:

[2018] K.Muti, “Poland – the missing link of European defence”, IAI Commentary 18/48, Rome.

[2017] K.Muti, review of  “The Transformation of Italian Armed Forces in Comparative Perspective” by F. Coticchia e F.N. Moro for The International Spectator

Awards and prizes

In September 2018 she was selected by the German Ministry of Defense to participate to a series of high level meetings in Berlin on security policies in Germany and Europe, with other European experts and professionals.

In March 2019 she was selected with other American and European experts to participate in a series of high level meetings in Moscow dedicated to Russian foreign policy and public diplomacy.

Lea Nocera

International politics area

Competences: Turkey

Keywords: society in Turkey, Turkey, turkish culture

Region: Campania


Researcher at the University of Naples L’Orientale

Professional career

Scholar in Turkish Studies, as Assistant Professor she teaches Turkish Language and Literature and subjects related to politics and society of contemporary Turkey. She received her Ph.D. in Women and Gender History - University of Naples L’Orientale in 2008. Previously she studied in Berlin (Humboldt Universität, 2005), Istanbul (Bilgi University, Master in Cultural Studies, 2003), Naples (Political Sciences – Middle East and North African Studies, 2002), Paris (Arabic and Turkish Language, Inalco, 1999). She was Visiting Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin, and at the Türkei-Europa-Zentrum (TEZ) in Hamburg. As expert of Turkey she works as commentator for several journals and radio broadcasting

Scientific results

Lea Nocera is a Turkologist specialized in Modern Turkey. She is among the firsts in Italy to have combined an area competence - in-depth knowledge of the country, of its history, society and culture and advanced knowledge of the language - with attention to the most contemporary phenomena and the analysis of political processes. Her research interests on Turkey include: social and cultural history, media and gender studies, urban transformations and social movements. In particular, both from the academic and professional point of view, she worked on civil society and minority rights; she analysed the urban transformation processes in Istanbul and she investigated the Turkish migration in Europe.  She is currently working on a research project on cultural relations between Turkey and Europe in the second post-war period (project selected in the framework of ERC Starting Grants 2015). She regularly commits herself to promoting a high knowledge about Turkish politics and society in Italy. In 2013 she organized the 1stConference on Italian Turcology.

Editorial work and publications

As Turkey expert she regularly collaborates with prominent Italian newspapers and magazines publishing on current affairs. In 2016 until July 2017 she was Scientific and Editorial Coordinator of; she is in the editorial committee of Gli Asini, magazine directed byGoffredo Fofi; and of the academic book series Il Porto delle Idee, L’Orientale University Press, of the scientific journals Studi Magrebini(Brill) and DİYÂR – Zeitschrift für Osmanistik, Türkei- und Nahostforschung / Journal for Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Nocera produces also radio documentaries and features on Turkish social and political issues for the Italian national broadcasting RAI-Radio3 and Swiss Italian Radio/RSI. 

In 2017 she ideated and founded the online magazine Kaleydoskop – Turchia, cultura e società.


Her books include: La Turchia contemporanea. Dalla repubblica kemalista al governo dell’Akp(Carocci, 2011); Tradurre/Çevirmek. Incontri linguistico-letterari tra Turchia e Italia, (L’Orientale Editrice, 2017) andThe Gülen Media Empire(Arab Media Report/Reset, 2015) as editor; The Turkish touch. Neo-ottoman Hegemony and Turkish Television in the Middle East (Arab Media Report/Reset, 2014; as co-author); #Gezipark.Coordinate di una rivolta(Alegre, 2013), La Turchia contemporanea. Dalla repubblica kemalista al governo dell’Akp (Carocci, 2011). Her book Cercasi mani piccole e abili. La migrazione turca in Germania occidentale (Isis Press, 2012) was translated into Turkish as Manikürlü Eller Almanya’da elektrik bobini saracak(Bilgi Üniversity Press, Istanbul) and was included on the Hürriyetlist of the best 50 book published in Turkey in 2018.

She also translated Turkish novels and authored several articles in Italian and international academic journals.


Awards and prizes

Her dissertation was awarded the First Prize “Premio Franca Pieroni Bortolotti” (2008), as the Best PhD Thesis in Gender History, Società Italiana delle Storiche (SIS - Italian Association of Women Historians). In 2016 she was selected as Young Leader for the Young Leader Program (YLP), organised by the The Council for United States and Italy.In August 2018, she has received the academic qualification as Associate Professor in Middle Eastern Cultures and in January 2015 in Contemporary History by ANVUR, the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

Selected as Professional Translator from Turkish to Italian by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey and awarded a grant to attend the TITÇAT - TEDA Literary Workshop (Büyükada/Istanbul, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Lisa Orlandi

International politics area

Competences: analysis of business strategies also in relation to the climate topic, analysis of energy markets, communication and media in the energy and environmental fields

Keywords: business strategies, energy scenarios and investments, global disinvestment from coal, insurance and climate, market outlook, O&G investment, Oil, price forecasts

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Economist, senior analyst of energy markets with a focus on oil markets at theBologna-based research and consultancy firm RIE (Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche ) Bologna

Professional career

Lisa Orlandi attended the Faculty of Economics at the University of Bologna where in 2000 she graduated cum laudein Business Administration (old system). Immediately afterwards, she joined the research team of RIE; as a senior analyst, she takes part in projects and market analysis relating to the national and international energy sector. She constantly follows the oil market with the development of various articles published in specialized magazines; she also deals with outlook analysis and energy investments, as well as corporate and communication strategies of the Oil & Gas companies. In recent years, she has dedicated itself to analyzing the climate strategy of important Italian insurance companies. She is the Editor in Chief of the online weekly portal dedicated to energy issues RiEnergia portal where she coordinates the planning of each issues. Over the years, she has held several lectures on the energy markets at university masters and private and public educational institutions.From 2001 to 2014, she was also Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Bologna carrying out teaching support activities for the courses of Industrial Economics and Public Utility Economics.

Scientific results

As part of her work at RIE, Lisa Orlandi follows several lines of research including the development of O&G resources at national level.This line of research has led to the drafting of various policy-oriented papers on the subject and to the realization of a book entitled "The coexistence of Hydrocarbons and Territory in Italy", of which she was curator together with Professor Alberto Clò and author and co-author of some chapters. She coordinates periodic reports dedicated to the analysis of energy investments & outlook and she provides assistance activities to insurance companies engaged in the realization of their climate strategy.

Editorial work and publications

She is Editor in Chief of the online magazine RiEnergia she is a member of the editorial board of the quarterly magazine Energia. She has also published numerous articles in specialized publications, some of which are reported below, and participated as a speaker at various seminars.

[2018] Orlandi, L., L’apparente equilibrio del mercato petrolifero mondiale, newsletter GME n. 114, aprile.

[2017] Orlandi, L., Il braccio di ferro tra OPEC e shale USA, newsletter GME n. 104, maggio 2017.

[2016] Orlandi, L., Il mercato petrolifero nel 2016: l’illusione della stabilità, newsletter GME n. 96, dicembre.

[2015] Orlandi, L., Clô, F.,  Oil market, un anno dopo il crollo: un nuovo punto di equilibrio?, newsletter GME n.84 luglio, pubblicato anche su Medenergie in lingua francese.

[2014] Orlandi, L., Olio: raffinazione, logistica, rete carburanti, in Caprara G. (a cura di), Energia per l'Italia, Bompiani, Milano, pp. 186-201.

[2014] Orlandi, L., A. Clô (a cura di), La Coesistenza tra Idrocarburi e territorio in Italia, Editrice Compositori (Bologna), maggio.

[2014] Orlandi, L. Il calo delle quotazioni oil non si arresta: diversi paesi a rischio, pubblicato su Agi Energia, 10 dicembre.

[2014] Orlandi, L., 2014: un nuovo disegno dell’oil market?, in Agi Energia, 1 ottobre.

[2014] Orlandi, L., Tra novità e aspettative il petrolio non scende, in Agi Energia, 27 febbraio.

[2013] Orlandi, L., Scenari energetici: tra vecchie conferme e nuove tendenze, newsletter GME n. 66, dicembre.

[2013] Orlandi, L., Il mercato petrolifero tra cambiamenti strutturali e prezzi sempre elevati, newsletter GME n. 62, luglio.

[2011] Orlandi, L., Un prezzo del barile superiore ai 90 dollari: in linea con i livelli pre-crisi ma lontano dal mercato, newsletter GME n. 34, gennaio.

[2009] Orlandi, L., Clô, A., Petroleum Economics, in Petroleum Engineering-Upstream, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK,

[2003] Orlandi, L., Clô, A., I numeri dell’Eni, in Eni 1953-2003, Editrice Compositori (Bologna).

Claudia Padovani

International politics area

Competences: Gendered dimensions of digital and communication governance, global communication governance, international communication, Media Gender equality, Transformation of global governance processes, Transnational mobilizations on gender issues, Communication rights and ICTs

Keywords: academic freedom, digital technologies, gender, global governance, human rights, ICT, media

Region: Veneto


Associated Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the Department of Politics, Law and International Studies (DSPGI), University of Padua

Professional career

After graduating in Political Science, obtaining a PhD in International Relations and carrying out a post-doc at University of Padua, she begins her career path at the same University as researcher in 2001. She was visiting professor at McGill University of Montreal, Canada, in 2009-2010, and at Helsinki University (Finland), in different periods since 2016.

At University of Padua she is the coordinator and delegate for the Scholars at Risk (SAR) transnational network as well as co-coordinator of the Italian SAR Section. She is also an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Gender Studies Centro di Ateneo per i saperi, le culture e le politiche di genere Elena Cornaro.


Currently, she takes part in a number of scholarly networks both at national (Italian Society of Political Science) and international levels (European Communication Research and Education Consortium, ECREA; ORBICOM, international network of UNESCO chairs in communications; EuroMedia Research Group). 

Furthermore, she plays relevant roles within the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), as elected member of International Council, co-chair of working group on Global Media Policy and member of the Task For the the Global Alliance on Media and Gender promoted by UNESCO (Research and Policies Committee).

She is also co-chair – with RMIT (Australia) and UNAM (Mexico) Universities - of the UNESCO UniTWIN Network on Gender Media and ICT and she is one of the founding members of the international research group Digital Constitutionalism Network.

Scientific results

Her main areas of interest concern the transformation of political processes in the global context and their connection to the evolution of communication processes and technologies, with a special focus on gender equality issues, communication rights and social justice. Among the developments of research activities in these areas: the digital platform Mapping Global Media Policy (international project 2006-2016) and the platform of the project Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (2017-ongoing), focused on the representation of women and men in the news.

Over the past years she has been involved in online learning activities, in particular fostering a ‘virtual exchange’ approach that values transcultural and transnational dimensions of education. Activities in this areas are carried out in collaboration with the research group Next Generation Global Studies (SPGI Department, University of Padova) and various international entities. 

She is currently involved in the following research projects and international initiatives pertaining to the nexus between gender, media and digital technolgoies.

Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (AGEMI) (EU Commission, DG Justice, 2017-2019). Consortium: University of Newcastle, University of Padova, University of Gothenburg, International Federation of Journalists, COPEAM.

Comparing gender and media equality across the globe: a cross-national study of the qualities, causes and consequences of gender equality in and through the news media. Coordinated by Prof. Monika Dierf-Pierre, University of Gothenburg.

UNESCO Unitwin University Network on Gender Media and ICT. The networks promoted research and education on UNESCO relevant areas of intervention, favouring collaboration between universities on gender equality within and through media content. The network includes members from Africa, Arab states, Asia the Pacif region, Europe and Nord America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

 Global Alliance for Media and Gender. An initiative promoted by UNESCO in 2014 that includes over 800 members from media organizations, unions, universities and professional associations. Main goals of the GAMAGs: promotion of gender equality in media companies, structures and content; strengthen regional and international collaborations; monitoring international commitments in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action’s Section J (Women and media diagnosis); support gender equality as a priority in research, education and policy making through a gender mainstreaming approach.

She has also co-coordinated, together with the Osservatorio di Pavia, the Italian participation in various editions of the international project Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP, 2005-2010-2015-2020) on representation of women and men in news media.

Editorial work and publications

Claudia Padovani is co-editor of Palgrave/IAMCR Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research series and member of the board of several international journals, including: International Communication Gazette, Information Technology and Global GovernanceAnuario ININCO. Investigaciones de la comunicaciònJournal of Alternative and Community Media, Continuum. Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, ComPol, Partecipazione e Conflitto.

She is author of a number of scientific publications among:

Padovani, C. & Ross, K. (2020) “Ideas for gender-transformative futures of education in the digital age” in Humanist Futures: Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks on the futures of education. Paris, UNESCO, pp. 153-160. ISBN 978-92-3-100369-1.

Padovani C, Vega Montiel A. and French L. (eds) (2019). Gender, Media and ICTs. New approaches for research, education and training. UNESCO Series on Journalism Education (outcome of a joint project of the UniTWIN Network on Gender Media and ICT, funded by the UNESCO IPDC and the Kingdom of the Netherlands). Open Access. Paris: UNESCO. ISBN: 9789231003202.

Padovani C. & Santaniello M. (eds) (2018). The International Communication Gazette. Themed issue “Digital Constitutionalism: Human Rights and Power Limitation in the Internet Eco-system”. Sage Publications. Vol 80/4. DOI: 10.1177/1748048518757114.

Padovani, C. (2018) “Gendering media policy research and communication governance” in Javnost – The Public. Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, Taylor & Francis (Invited contribution to special issue for the journal 25th anniversary). Vol 25. DOI: 10.1080/13183222.2018.1423941. Accessible su:

Ross K. & Padovani C. (eds) (2017). Gender Equality and the Media: A Challenge for Europe. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-315-70902-4. Paper back edition published in 2018. ISBN: 978-1-138-31980-6.

Padovani C. & Pavan E. (eds) (2017). Comunicazione politica, Quadrimestrale dell'Associazione Italiana di Comunicazione Politica. Themed issue “The Politics of Media Gender Equality. Lessons learned and struggles for change twenty years after the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women”. Il Mulino (2/2017). 

Padovani C. & Shade L. (eds) (2016). Journal of Information Policy. Themed issue “Gendering Global Media Policy: Critical Perspectives on ‘Digital Agendas’”. Pen State University Press. Accessible su:

Padovani C. & Pavan E.  (2016) “Global Governance and ICTs: Exploring online governance networks around Gender and Media” in Global Networks 16/3, Wiley Blackwell (pp. 350-371). ISSN 1470–2266.

Padovani C. (2015) “Il 2015 e l’Alleanza Globale per Media e Genere: per un’agenda di ricerca internazionale“ in Problemi dell’Informazione, vol 3/2015, Il Mulino (pp. 441-464). DOI: 10.1445/81453.

Padovani C. & Calabrese A. (eds) (2014). Communication Rights and Global Justice: Historical accounts of transnational mobilizations. (Palgrave/IAMCR series) Palgrave McMillan. ISBN: 978-1-137-37829-3.

Raboy M. & Padovani C. (2010). “Mapping Global Media Policy: concepts, frameworks, methods” in Journal of Communication, Culture and Critique, Wiley Blackwell (pp. 150-169). Themed issue on “Media Governance: New Policies for Changing Media Landscapes”. Vol III issue 2 Print ISSN: 1753-9129 Online ISSN: 1753-9137.

Padovani, C. (ed) (2004). International Communication Gazette 66 (3-4). Special issue “The World Summit on the Information Society. Setting the Communication agenda for the 21st century”. Sage Publications. Print ISSN: 1748-0485; Online ISSN: 1748-0493.

Padovani C. (2001). Comunicazione Globale. Democrazia, sovranità, culture (Global Communication. Democracy, Sovereignty, Cultures). Utet Libreria, Torino. ISBN: 887750680.

Stefania Panebianco

International politics area

Competences: European Union Politics, international relations, political science

Keywords: democratization processes, European foreign policy, European Union, Italian foreign policy, Mediterranean, safety

Region: Sicily


Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Catania

Professional career

She got her BA in Political Science at the University of Catania in 1993 and specialized in International Relations and EU politics while writing a PhD dissertation on euro-lobbying (defended at the University of Padua in 1998). As Holder of the Italian Chair of Mediterranean Diplomacy and Relations, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta (1997 - 1999), Research Fellow (1999 - 2002) and Researcher (2000 - 2002) at the University of Catania, she focused her teaching and research interest on EuroMediterranean relations and EuroMediterraenan Partnership. She became Associate Professor in Political Science in 2002 and started teaching also in English the newly established subject Mediterranean Politics (she is the unique lecturer at UNICT since 2004). She taught Mediterranean Politics also at PhD level (Scuola Superiore di Catania and IMT in Lucca) and in distance learning for Arcadia University (Glenside (Pennsylvania, USA). Since academic year 2008-2009 she is teaching Migration and the Mediterraneanat LUISS, Master in European Studies. She has supervised, as PhD candidates, Iole Fontana (IMT) and Federica Zardo (Università di Torino). Evaluator for ANVUR – the Agency of the Italian Ministry of Education since 2013. She served for the Italian Political Science Association and the European International Studies Association as member of the board. She is co-editor of Global Affairs.Within the ERAMSUS mobility grants she has been teaching at the Universities of Ghent, Ljubljana, Paris Est-Créteil, Bilken in Ankara.  She also chaired the BA course in Politcs and International Relations (2007 – 2014). She has convened several thematic sections at national and international conferences, and also organized national and international Conferences, Summer Schools and International Seminars. She got her BA in Political Science at the University of Catania in 1993 and specialized in International Relations and EU politics while writing a PhD dissertation on euro-lobbying (defended at the University of Padua in 1998). As Holder of the Italian Chair of Mediterranean Diplomacy and Relations, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta (1997 - 1999), Research Fellow (1999 - 2002) and Researcher (2000 - 2002) at the University of Catania, she focused her teaching and research interest on EuroMediterranean relations and EuroMediterraenan Partnership. She became Associate Professor in Political Science in 2002 and started teaching also in English the newly established subject Mediterranean Politics (she is the unique lecturer at UNICT since 2004). She taught Mediterranean Politics also at PhD level (Scuola Superiore di Catania and IMT in Lucca) and in distance learning for Arcadia University (Glenside (Pennsylvania, USA). Since academic year 2008-2009 she is teaching Migration and the Mediterraneanat LUISS, Master in European Studies. Evaluator for ANVUR – the Agency of the Italian Ministry of Education since 2013. She served for the Italian Political Science Association and the European International Studies Association as member of the board. She is co-editor of Global Affairs.Within the ERAMSUS mobility grants she has been teaching at the Universities of Ghent, Ljubljana, Paris Est-Créteil, Bilken in Ankara. She also chaired the BA course in Politcs and International Relations (2007 – 2014). 

She has convened several thematic sections at national and international conferences, and also organized national and international Conferences, Summer Schools and International Seminars:

WECCS Crash Course, Welcome to Europe, my Country, my City, my School, organized within the ERASMUS+ WECCS project,University of Catania, 10 - 12 April 2019.

EUMedEA Crash Course, University of Catania, 2016, 2017, 2018

EISAConference,9thPan European Conference in International Relations: The Worlds of Violence, Giardini Naxos (Sicily) 23-26 September 2015.

Convenorof the ‘Celebrating Europe Day’ with Enrique Baron Crespo, former EP President, within the programme ‘European Parliament to Campus’. Catania, 9 May 2015.Talk on The European Union and its Mediterranean Neighbours: new and old democracies. 

Jean Monnet IRA academic coordinator, EUDEM Conferenceon ‘Winds of Democratic Change in the Mediterranean? Actors, Processes and possible Outcomes’, 19-21 May 2011

Scientific responsibleof the EMUNI SUMMER SCHOOL 2009on European Policies and Economic Transition in the Mediterranean Basin,University of Catania, 12-26 July 2009.

Annual SISP Conference, Catania, 20-22 September 2007.

Scientific results

She participated in several research groups, at national (PRIN) or international level (HORIZON 2020, INTAS, Jean Monnet Action). She acted as academic coordinator of several research groups within the Jean Monnet Action. She has contributed to the development of Euro-Mediterranean studies, in Italy and abroad, via teaching and research. In particular, she has promoted research on democratization fostered by the European Union in the Middle East and North Africa via the EUMED project funded by the European Commission, on migration in the Mediterraenan via the jean Monnet Chair EUMedEA and HORIZON 2020 TRANSCRISIS. Her current research focuses on migration muli-level governance. 

Editorial work and publications

Monographic books: L'Unione Europea "potenza divisa" nel Mediterraneo, Milano, Egea, 2012; Il lobbying europeo, Milano, Giuffré, 2000; L’Unione Europea nel sistema politico globale, Beijin, China Social Sciences Press, pp. 1-268, con Attinà Fulvio, Longo Francesca, Monteleone Carla, Rosa Paolo, 2009 (in cinese); Identità, partiti ed elezioni nell’Unione Europea, Cacucci, Bari, 1995, con Attinà Fulvio e Longo Francesca

Edited books: Sulle onde del Mediterraneo. Cambiamenti globali e risposte alla crisi migratoria, EGEA, Milano, 2016; Winds of Democratic Change in the Mediterranean? Processes, Actors and possible Outcomes,with Rosa Rossi & Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2012.

Selected articles and chapters (last 5 years):

The EU and Migration in the Mediterranean. EU Borders’ Control by Proxy, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Special Issue edited by Valeria Bello and Sarah Leonard, in print.     

L’Italia e i flussi migratori nel Mediterraneo Centrale: lo snodo libico, in Baldinetti Anna, Cassarino Mirella, Melfa Daniela (a cura di), Oltre-confine. Temi e fonti per lo studio dell’Africa, 2019, Roma, Aracne.

Libia e intervento militare. Il principio della responsabilità di proteggere nel dibattito politico italiano, con Ornella Urso,in Francesca Longo e Pierangelo Isernia (editors), La Politica Estera Italiana nel nuovo millennio, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2019, pp. 117-148.

When Responsibility to Protect ‘hits home’: The EU and the Syrian crisis, co-authored with Iole Fontana, in: ‘Third World Quarterly’, 2018, vol. 39, issue 1, pp. 1-17.

Intercultural Dialogue across the Mediterranean Troubled Waters: Challenges to the Anna Lindh Foundation,in Richard Gillespie and Frederic Volpi (editors), Handbook of Mediterranean PoliticsLondon/New York, Routledge, 2018, pp. 394-407.

The EU and Migration in the Mediterranean. Entrapped between the humanitarian approach and border security, in Moccia Luigi and Pop Lia (eds), Migrants and Refugees Across Europe, European University Press, Boschum (Germany), 2017, pp. 139-168.

La difficile transizione democratica nel Vicinato Meridionale. Il ruolo dell’Unione Europea tra persistenza e cambiamento, in Marco Mascia (a cura di), Verso un sistema partitico europeo transnazionale, Cacucci, Bari, 2014, pp. 169-180.

L’Unione Europea nel Mediterraneo: oltre la primavera araba, in Guerino D'Ignazio, Nicola Fiorita, Silvio Gambino, Francesco Raniolo, Alberto Ventura (a cura di), Transizioni e democrazia nei paesi del Mediterraneo e del vicino oriente,Edizioni Periferia, Cosenza, 2014, pp. 287-309.

Awards and prizes

Honorary Membership, EISA (European International Studies Association), awarded in 2017.

Jean Monnet Chair in EU MEDiterranean border crises and European External Action (EUMEDEA) funded by the European Commission through the ERASMUS+ 2015-2018

Academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Information and Research Activity on EU Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (EUDEM)funded by the European Commission through the LLP (2010-2011),

Scientific Responsibleof the European Jean Monnet Module on EU Roles in the International Governancefunded by the European Commission for the years 2005-2010

International Visitor Leadership Program, Washington/New York, June 2005, training programme organised and funded by the US Embassy in Italy with the US Dept. of State.


Annalisa Perteghella

International politics area

Competences: domestic and foreign policy of the Gulf monarchies, EU-MENA relations, International Relations of the Middle East, politicization and securitization of cultural heritage, security politics

Keywords: Arabian Gulf, Bahrein, Iran, Kuwait, Middle East, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Region: Lombardy


Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Centre, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Head of Iran Desk

Professional career

Annalisa Perteghella, PhD, is a Research Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Centre of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). She is an expert on Middle Eastern politics, with a particular focus on Iran and the Gulf region. In this capacity she is working on Euro-Iran and Euro-Gulf relations, transatlantic relations in the Mediterranean region, and domestic and regional politics in the Arab and Persian world.  Her recent work focuses on European foreign policy in relation to Iran (especially on the nuclear and regional dossiers) and to Saudi Arabia. She obtained her PhD in Politics and Institutions from the Catholic University in Milan.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications for think tanks and in international journals. 

[2019] Perteghella, A., Iran: An Unrecognized Regional Power, in Giusti, S., Mirkina, I. (eds), The EU in a Trans-European Space: External Relations Across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, London, Palgrave Macmillan.


[2019] Perteghella, A.,Usa-Iran: massima tensione, minimo risultato, ISPI Commentary


[2019] Perteghella, A., Saudi Arabia’s New Urbanism: Which Vision?, ISPI Commentary 


[2019] Perteghella, A., Iran in Iraq and Syria: Be Careful What You Wish For, ISPI Commentary


[2019] Perteghella, A., The Iranian Revolution Turns Forty, ISPI Dossier


[2018] Perteghella, A., Saudi Arabia at a Crossroads. Reforms and Uncertainties Ahead, ISPI Report, Milano, Ledizioni


[2018] Perteghella, A., Sei successioni che rivoluzioneranno il Medio Oriente, ISPI Commentary


[2018] Perteghella, A., Double Standard? Trump, North Korea, and Iran, ISPI Commentary


[2018] Perteghella, A., Israel-Hezbollah-Iran: Will Lebanon be Trapped into a Conflict?,ISPI Commentary


[2018] Perteghella, A., Yemen: The Sectarianization of a Political Conflict, ISPI Commentary


[2018] Perteghella, A., Iran e Arabia Saudita: I fronti della lotta per il Medio Oriente, ISPI Dossier


[2017] Perteghella, A., Magri. P. (a cura di), Post-Vote Iran: Giving Engagement a Chance, ISPI Report, Milano, Ledizioni


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

Eleonora Poli

International politics area

Competences: EU enlargment process, EU external relations, European governance, European political economic trends

Keywords: Balkans, democratic trends, international political economy, populism, sustainability

Region: Lazio


Research fellow at IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali), Rome

Professional career

After graduating in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Trieste, she obtained a PhD in International Political Economy at City University London in 2013, where she still as a fellow at the City Political Economy Research Center. In 2011 she won a scholarship at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she lived for nine months, researching on the Chinese and Japanese economic systems and the influence of Confucianism. In 2012 she became a Visiting fellow at the ULB in Brussels. While in London, she worked as Visiting Lecturer at City University London and as an analyst at IDS Thomson Reuters. she has been working as consultant for numerous public and private institutions and since 2013 she is a research fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome.

Scientific results

Her research focuses on the political and economic trends of European Union countries and EU external relations. she has written and published several scientific articles, books, books chapters and opinion pieces.

Editorial work and publications

Books and books’ chapters

[2018] Poli E, Engaged but Disempowered: Italian experience on direct Democrary, in Steven Blockmans and Sophia Russack (eds), Direct Democracy in the EU. The Myth of a Citizens’ Union, Brussels, CEPS / London, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018, p. 279-295

[2018] Poli E, Il ruolo britannico nel Processo di Berlino ai tempi della Brexit, in Raffaella Coletti, La questione orientale. I Balcani tra integrazione e sicurezza, Roma, Donzelli, 2018, p. 81-91 (Saggi. Storia e scienze sociali)

[2018] Poli E, Mediterranean member states: Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, (with George Tzogopoulos, Adonis Pegasiou and Roderick Pace), in Tim Oliver (ed.), Europe's Brexit. EU Perspectives on Britain's Vote to Leave, Newcastle upon Tyne, Agenda, 2018, p. 147-172

[2015] Poli E, Antitrust Institutions and Policies in the Globalising Economy(PALGRAVE, October 2015)

[2012] Poli E, State aid regulation and European governance: the Commission’s visible hand during the crisis of the 70’s and the credit crunch, in Francis Snyder, Albrecht Sonntag, Wei Shen (eds.), 2012, Bruylant

Most recent papers & working papers

[2018] Poli E, Italia y los temores de Europa, in Política exterior, vol. 32., núm. 182 (marzo/abril 2018), p. 6-1

[2018] Poli E, European External Actions in a Multilateral Arena: An Analysis of EU Relations with Brazil, Roma, IAI, luglio 2018

[2018] Poli E, Morillas P, Why the New Italian Government Puts the EU Reform at Risk, Barcelona, Centro de Estudios y Documentación Internacionales de Barcelona, June 2018, 2 p. (CIDOB Opinión 536)

[2017] Poli E, More A, Honest Debate on Integration, Berlino, German Marshall Fund of the United States, ottobre 2017

[2017] Poli E,Alcaro R, New Pact for Europe, National Report, Italy, July 2017, EPC

[2017] Poli E (ed.),The Western Balkans in the European Union: Enlargement to What, Accession to What?, IAI Document, May 2017

[2017] Poli E, Can the Wilders-Effect Influence European Mainstream Politics?in Zsuzsanna Csornai (ed.), Can the Wilders-Effect Influence European Mainstream Politics?, Budapest, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 3 April 2017, p. 6-7 (KKI 4:1 ; 6)

Annalisa Prizzon

International politics area

Competences: development economy, finanza per lo sviluppo

Keywords: China, development, development aid, external debt, multilateral development banks, Sub Saharan Africa, World Bank

Region: ABROAD

Professional career

Annalisa  Prizzon graduated in Economics (University of Padua) in 2003, studied at the Department of Economics of Essex University (United Kingdom) in 2003, and completed her MSc in International Economic Integration (University of Pavia) in 2005. She undertook her doctoral studies in Economics and Public Finance (University of Pavia), completing them in 2009. The thesis analyzed various issues related to the sustainability of foreign debt in low-income countries. During her doctoral studies, Annalisa worked as a consultant at the World Bank's Economic Policy and Debt Department and spent a period as a Visiting Scholar at Notre Dame University (United States). From 2008 to 2011 she had been an economist at the OECD Development Centre, analysing issues related to the sustainability of debt, public development aid and development macroeconomics in emerging countries and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2011 she has been working at the Overseas Development Institute in London, one of the most prestigious think-tanks in the field of development. She has been leading and coordinating consultancy, advisory and research projects in the areas of effective aid allocation, development effectiveness, financing for development and debt sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Scientific results

Annalisa Prizzon has been leading and coordinating research, consulting and advisory projects in collaboration with Ministries of Foreign Affairs, development cooperation agencies in Europe, Africa and Asia, international organizations, multilateral development banks and civil society organizations. She has extensive field experience, particularly in Africa (Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Senegal, Zambia), Latin America (Chile, Mexico) and Asia (Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam).

She has published extensively on the themes of international cooperation, on the allocation and effectiveness of financing and public development aid, on the implications of external debt sustainability in sub-Saharan African. 

Editorial work and publications

Annalisa Prizzon is referee of the European Journal of Development Research, The Review of International Organizations, Development Policy Review, World Economy, Oxford Development Studies, Sustainability, Journal of Pacific Studies.

She has contributed various policy papers on development cooperation and peer-reviewed journals, for example:

[2018] Mustapha S, Prizzon A, Debt relief initiatives 20 years on and implications of the new development finance landscape, in Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal.

[2018] Engen L, Prizzon A, A guide on multilateral development banks, Overseas Development Institute.

[2017] Bhattacharya A, Kharas H, Plant M, Prizzon A, The New Global Agenda and the Future of the MDB System,Paper prepared for the G20 Eminent Persons Group meeting in Frankfurt am Main on 4 December 2017, Brookings Institute, Centre for Global Development, Overseas Development Institute.

[2017] Prizzon A, et al. (eds.), Six recommendations for reforming multilateral development banks: an essay series,ODI report, December. 

[2017] Pickering, J, Davies R, Prizzon A, Development co-operation: New perspectives from developing countries – Introduction for special issue of Development Policy Review, in Development Policy Review, 35, O1-O9.

[2017] Prizzon A, Greenhill R, Mustapha S, An ‘age of choice’ for external development finance? Evidence from country case studies, in Development Policy Review, 35, O29-O45.

[2015] Schmaljohann M, Prizzon A, Age of choice:  How partner countries are managing the new development assistance landscape – The cases of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu, in Asia and Pacific Policy Studies, Australian National University. Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 643–651, September.  

[2015] Mold A, Prizzon A, Commodity prices and export performance in Sub-Saharan African countries,in Morrissey O, Lopez R, Sharma K (eds.) “Handbook On Trade And Development”, Edward Elgar Publishing.   

[2013] Mold A, Prizzon A, South-South trade liberalization as a way out of the financial crisis? An exploratory CGE simulation, in Journal of International Development, vol. 25(8), pages 1071-1084, November. 

[2013] Prizzon A, Vaggi G, On the sustainability of external debt: Is debt relief enough?, in Cambridge Journal of Economics, December.

[2012] Mold A, Prizzon A, Aid flows in times of crisis, in Alonso JA, Ocampo JA (eds.) “Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis, Initiative for Policy Dialogue”, Columbia University Press [Spanish version in Fondo de Cultura Económica].

Awards and prizes

Annalisa Prizzon is academic advisor of Jubilee Debt Campaign and a member of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future on Infrastructure.

Chiara Proietti Silvestri

International politics area

Competences: analysis of energy markets, energy (geo)politics

Keywords: decarbonisation, energy scenarios and investments, energy transition and sustainability, European energy dependence, gas pipeline war, O&G discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, power interconnections, Security of supply

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Energy market analyst at the bologna-based research and consultancy firm RIE (Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche); Associate research fellow energy security at the institute of international policy ISPI

Professional career

Chiara Proietti Silvestri attended the Faculty of Political Sciences "R. Ruffilli ” (Forlì Campus); in 2011 she graduated with a master's degree cum laudein International and Diplomatic Sciences. In the same year, she joined the research team of RIE in Bologna where she still works as a political and energy economics analyst. In 2015, she began working with ISPI on the drafting of energy security reports for the Italian Parliament's International Policy Observatory. The collaboration with ISPI continues also in the field of teaching and in 2017 she becomes Associate Research Fellow Energy Security. She continues to study, believing that learning must be continuously stimulated; for this reason, over the years she has attended specialization courses on energy law, industrial economics, econometrics, energy certification analysis.

Awards and prizes

She is a member of the editorial board of the “Rivista Energia", since 1980 a quarterly review regarding the main energy issues. Moreover, she has published numerous articles in specialized magazines, some of which are listed below:


[2019] Proietti Silvestri C. I numeri dell’economia circolare in Italia, Gestore Mercati Energetici 

[2018] Proietti Silvestri C. Anche litio e cobalto nelle statistiche dell’energia, Gestore Mercati Energetici

[2018] Proietti Silvestri C. La finanza verde a 10 anni dal primo Green bond, Gestore Mercati Energetici

[2018] Proietti Silvestri C. Turkish Stream, gli esiti del divide et impera russo, Formiche 

[2016] Proietti Silvestri C. Gas, perno della cooperazione nel Mediterraneo orientale, Affari Internazionali

[2015] Gugliotta A., Proietti Silvestri C. Shale gas e prezzi oil: cosa cambia?Gestore Mercati Energetici

[2015] Proietti Silvestri C. Egitto a tutto gas: nuovi equilibri energetici nel Mediterraneo Orientale,Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale del Senato della Repubblica

[2015] Proietti Silvestri C. Esplorazione: nuovo dinamismo nel Mar Adriatico, Affari Internazionali 

[2014] Clò F., Proietti Silvestri C. I distretti petroliferi in Emilia Romagna: realtà da indagare e valorizzare, Rivista “Energia”

[2013] Proietti Silvestri C. Cipro: tra sviluppo energetico e tensioni politiche, The Risky Shift 

[2013] Proietti Silvestri C. Stati Uniti: le implicazioni internazionali di una politica energetica “non convenzionale, The Risky Shift

[2013] Proietti Silvestri C.  L’onda siriana sul petrolio, Affari Internazionali

[2012] Proietti Silvestri C. Sicurezza Energetica: Egitto e Israele alla battaglia del gas,Affari Internazionali 

[2011] Proietti Silvestri C. Non Proliferazione: Giro di vite sul commercio nucleare, Affari Internazionali

[2011] Proietti Silvestri C. Sicurezza nucleare: insegnamenti dopo Fukushima, Rivista Energia

[2009] Proietti Silvestri C. Russia: Il war game simulato contro la Polonia inquieta l'Alleanza Atlantica,Equilibri

Veronica Riniolo

International politics area

Competences: general sociology, socio-economical inclusion of Rom in the Italian context, sociology of migration

Keywords: immigration, migrants, political activism, second-generations

Region: Lombardy


Researcher of Sociology at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Milan

Professional career

Graduated with honours in International Relations and European integration at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, she earned a Phd in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research (Doctor Europeaus) at the same institutions in 2015 with a thesis on the processes of integration of migrants in Sweden. Since 2008 she has been collaborating with ISMU Foundation, where she has participated in and/or coordinated activities of research groups characterized by collaborations at national and international levels on the following topics: processes of integration of migrants, migration policies, ethnic-racial discrimination, processes of socio-economical inclusion of Rom and Sinti people. From January 2017 to December 2018 she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at Università Bicocca in Milan, carrying on an empirical research on the political involvement of second-generations in Italy. Since 2017 she has been working as a consultant in the research field in support of the activities of the Minister of Interior (Department of Civil Liberty and Immigration - Central Directorate for Immigration and Asylum Policies) with the role of National Contact Point (NCP). Since 2019 she has been working as a Researcher for the scientific-disciplinary sector SPS/07 (General Sociology) at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. For the next 2019/2020 academic year she is teaching General Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She is a member of the Scientific Board of the Methodology Section at AIS (Italian Association of Sociology) (2019-2011) She is a referee for many Italian scientific journals.  She has presented the outcomes of her researches at different national and international conferences (Canada, Israel, Uruguay, Sweden, Poland, Finland, UK).

Scientific results

Her main research interests and her scientific production concern mainly three branches: policies and processes of immigrant integration in Italy and Europe, with a particular focus on the Sweden case; socio-economical inclusion of Rom in the Italian context; activism and political involvement of second generations in Italy.

Editorial work and publications


[2018] Riniolo V., L’integrazione dei migranti in Svezia. Tra sfide e opportunità, FrancoAngeli, Milano. 



[2019] Riniolo V., Second-generation Youths: Experiences of Political Participation in Italy, in Studi di Sociologia (in fase di pubblicazione)


[2018] Riniolo V., Codini E., L’attivismo delle seconde generazioni e la riforma della legge sulla cittadinanza in Italia, in Visioni LatinoAmericane 18 (2018), pp. 9-25.


[2015] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., Migrant trade union membership, employment status and citizenship practices. A comparison of different European countries, in Mondi Migranti, N.1, pp. 127-149.


[2013] Riniolo V., Sul concetto di coesione sociale oggi, in Studi di Sociologia, 3-4, pp. 355-364.


[2012] Riniolo V., L’immigrazione femminile sudamericana in Italia, in Visioni Latinoamericane, n. 6, pp. 91-98.


[2011] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., S. Pozzi S., Percorsi di empowerment e integrazione lavorativa di Rom e Sinti: l’esperienza del progetto Valore Lavoro, in Autonomie Locali e Servizi Sociali, n. 2, pp. 287-300.


[2015] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., A Participatory Governance Model Towards the Inclusion of Ethnic Minorities. An Action Research Experience in Italy, in Revue Interventions Èconomiques, No. 53/2015.


[2012] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., Active participation of Roma. An experience of participatory planning toward labour integration, in European Roma Rights Journal, pp. 59-65.


Chapters in books:

[2019] Riniolo V., Immigration and Housing Policies in Sweden, in Alietti, A., Agustoni, A. (eds.), Housing Policies, Migrants and Integration. Reflections on Italian and European cases, Aracne Editrice.


[2018] Riniolo V., Lovison M., I piani di integrazione: la gestione dell’immigrazione in Europa e in Italia, inVentitreesimo Rapporto sulle migrazioni 2017, FrancoAngeli, Milano, pp. 247-262. 


[2018] Riniolo V., Lovison M., The Integration Plans: the migration governance in Europe and ItalyThe Twenty-third Italian Report on Migrations 2017, pp. 111-120. 

Paola Rivetti

International politics area

Competences: governmentality, Iranian foreign and domestic politics, social and protest movements, transformation of the state in the MENA region

Keywords: authoritarianism, civil society, democracy, Iran, Middle East, Social movements

Region: ABROAD


Assistant Professor in Politics of the Middle East and International Relations at the School of Law and Government of the Dublin City University (DCU).  

Professional career

She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Torino, a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Siena and a MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Turin. She was an adjunct at the Catholic University of Milan between 2009 and 2011, a research fellow at the University of Turin in 2010 and 2011, and then an IRC postdoctoral fellow at the DCU between 2011 and 2013. She held visiting positions at Boğaziçi University, Laval University, University of Montreal (UdeM), University of Palermo and Ecole de management de Normadie.

Scientific results

She is a member of the Advisory board of the Cambridge Centre for Palestine Studies, and for the IRC-funded project “What works? Sharing best practices in how civil society organisations use the internet in organising and building for socio-economic rights” (PIs Aileen O'Carroll, Maynooth University, and David Landy, Trinity College Dublin). 

She leads the Erasmus Plus International Credit Mobility (ICM) Exchange with Bethlehem University and is part of the ITN-Marie Curie funded doctoral training network Around the Caspian.

She was the General Secretary of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) between 2013 and 2016. Before joining DCU, she also collaborated with NGOs in the field of asylum-seekers assistance. 
Her research interests focus on the government of societies and polities in the Middle East and North Africa from a comparative perspective; and on social and political mobilisations. She also works on migration in and from the region. She authored numerous scientific as well as non-academic publications on these topics, published in several languages (Persian, English, French, Spanish, and Italian). She carried out extensive field research in the region. She also works and publishes on the topics of precarity in academia and academic freedom both in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the EU and US. She is also involved in non-academic reaching-out activities, engaging both the media and public speaking. 

Her works builds on two main approaches. The first is to examine how societies are governed through the means of ideology, policy coercion, and political violence. In particular, her current work looks at Islamic reformism as a project of government which does not only elaborates and imposes public order and a specific way of ordering society, but also delineates and delimits spaces for political participation. She has completed a monograph on this subject forthcoming for Palgrave McMillan (Political Participation in Iran: From Khatami to the Green Movement), the first of this kind. However, this approach informs all her publications and work in general – especially publications focusing on civil society. The second approach focuses on the comparison of democratic and authoritarian regimes. While questioning the binary of democracy vs authoritarianism, her work also questions the role of policies in those regimes. 

She also works on other topics and issues, from migration to academic precarity and academic freedom.

Editorial work and publications

She published articles in: International Journal of Middle East Studies, Democratization, Feminist Review, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of European Integration, Middle Eastern Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Alternatives: Global Local Political; Foreign Policy-Middle East Channel; Anthropology of the Middle East; Middle East Report online, among the others. Her monograph Political Participation in Iran: From Khatami to the Green Movementis forthcoming with Palgrave McMillan. She is co-editor of Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and Continuity and change before and after the Arab uprisings: Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt (Routledge, 2015). She also contributed analysis and reports to several international non-academic online and in press outlets, and media (Expresso Portugal, RTE News, News Talk Radio, Ghalamro, Presidential Power, LeftEast, QCode Mag, il Lavoro Culturale, Zapruder, Irish Humanities Association, Effimera, Global Project, Il Manifesto, Dinamo Press, Jadaliyya, Middle East-Asia Project, ProMosaik).

[2019 forth.] Rivetti P, Political Participation in Iran: From Khatami to the Green Movement, Palgrave McMillan.

[2019 forth.] Rivetti P, Race, identity, and the state after the Irish abortion referendum,in Feminist Review.

[2018] Kraetzschmar H, Rivetti P, (eds.) Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention, in Edinburgh University Press.

[2018] Balboa E, Sassi J, Rivetti P (eds.), We’ve Come a Long Way. Reproductive rights of migrants and ethnic minorities in Ireland, Editora Urutau (first edition).

[2017] Rivetti P, ‘Political Activism in Iran: Strategies for Survival, Possibilities for Resistance and Authoritarianism,’ Democratization, 24, 6, pp. 1178-1194.

[2017]  Saeidi S, Rivetti P, Out of Space: Securitization, Intimacy and New Research Challenges in Post-2009 Iran, in International Journal of Middle East Studies, 49, 3, pp. 515-520.

[2017] Rivetti P, Methodology Matters in Iran: Co-Research and Non-Mainstream Methods in Researching Social Movements in Authoritarian Contexts, in Anthropology of the Middle East, 12, 1, pp. 71-82.

[2017] Rivetti P, Labor and Class in Iran. An Interview with Mohammad Maljoo, in Middle East Report online.

[2015] Rivetti P, Continuity and Change before and after the Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco: Regime Reconfiguration and Policymaking in North Africa, in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 42, 1, pp. 1-11.

[2014] Busso S, Rivetti P, What’s Love Got to Do with it? Precarious Academic Labour Forces and the Role of Passion in Italian Universities, in Recherches Sociologiques et Anthropologiques, 45, 2, pp. 15-37.

[2014] Cavatorta F, Rivetti P, EU–MENA Relations from the Barcelona Process to the Arab Uprisings: A New Research Agenda, in Journal of European Integration 36, 6, pp. 619-625.

[2014] Rivetti P, Cavatorta F, Iranian student activism between authoritarianism and democratization: Patterns of conflict and cooperation between the Office for the Strengthening of Unity and the regime, in Democratization, 21, 2, pp. 289-310.

Awards and prizes

2018: Early-Career Researcher of the Year Award by the Irish Research Council (selected among all IRC awardees across all disciplines).

2018: Dublin City University President’s Award for Excellence in Research, Early-Career researcher.

2005/06:MA dissertation awarded by the University of Turin as the best dissertation in Political Science. 

2006: Optime Award 2006 for the MA dissertation, Chamber of Commerce of Turin.

Caterina Roggero

International politics area

Competences: EU-MENA relations, international history

Keywords: Algeria, Current affairs of Algeria and North Africa, Mediterranean

Region: Lombardy


Professor with a temporary appointment for two Laboratories “National and International Cooperation and Development” (24hours + 24 hours/each AY), University of the Studies of Milan-Bicocca, Dep. of Sociologyand Assistant Professor of History and Institutions of Islamic Countries, University of the Studies of Milan, Political Science Faculty, Dep. of International Studies.

Professional career

After a cum laudeDegree in History at the University of Studies of Milan (Italy) in 2005 with a thesis about Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Tunisia, she continues her academic training with a Master on Arab World at the Université Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence, France) and with a PhD (2010) in International History at the University of Studies of Milan (Italy). In this period, she starts a collaboration with Professor Gian Paolo Calchi Novati, a very well-known African Historian. This collaboration will last until his death in 2017. Together they participated to small projects about Italy Foreign Policy and North Africa (Centre for Africa and Orient, CSIAO, 2013-2014 Rome), European Union and Nigeria (Report ISPI, 2014 Milan), European Union and Israel (Special Issue of Il Ponte revue, Florence 2015), also cooperating on editorial projects and academic courses. In 2012 she was Tutor and Lecturer at the course “Greater Middle East: actors, dynamics, challenges” at the “Collegio di Milano”, inter-university Campus of excellence, Milan (Italy). In 2014 she collaboratedwith Enrico Mattei Eni Foundation (FEEM, Milan) in the organization of the Summer School within Economy and Society research program. In 2014-2015 she was Researcher at Oasis Foundation (Venice-Milan, Italy) within the Research Programme “Knowing the hybridisation of civilisations and cultures – Manage with a Changing Society”. Since 2014 she has been professor with a temporary appointment for two Laboratories “National and International Cooperation and Development” where people working in non-profit organizations present their experience to students at the University of the Studies of Milan-Bicocca, Dep. of Sociology. Since 2017 she has been Expert in History and Institutions of Islamic Countries at the University of the Studies of Milan. Before that, she has also been Expert in History and Institution of Africa (2011-2014) and International Relations History (2006-2007) at the same University. 

Scientific results

Since 2009 she has been studying Algerian contemporary history. Her PhD research (archives in Algiers and Paris) is part of the new research trend about internationalization of Algerian war (1954-1962). Her research fields concern: political institutions history in Algeria from Colonial period to nowadays with particular regard to interactions between political Algerian forces and different nationalisms; North African regional history analyzed as an area where the 5 countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) passed through common historical phases characterized by common and transnational ideologies. She worked on the updating in bibliography and contents of the only one Italian book about Algerian History from the Independence of Calchi Novati (new edition of 2018) and she published the first Italian historiographical essay about region North African History (2019). She gives lectures and seminars on history and current affairs of Algeria, North Africa and Euro-Med relations at Universities, Studies Centers and Think Tank, and she is often invited to take part to tv and radio programs. She participates to Academic international meeting as well as dissemination events.  


Editorial work and publications

[2019] Roggero C., Storia del Nord Africa indipendente. Tra imperialismi, nazionalismi e autoritarismi, Bompiani, Milano.


[2019] Roggero C., Il popolo e l’esercito, i due fronti della storia contemporanea algerina, Il Ponte, anno LXXV, n. 3, maggio-giugno 2019.


[2018] Roggero C., Calchi Novati, G.P., Storia dell’Algeria indipendente. Dalla guerra di liberazione a Bouteflika, Bompiani, Milano. 


[2016] Roggero C., Equilibrismi europei tra solidarietà e sicurezza: la sfida delle migrazioni, in Pin A. e Pellegrino C., (eds.), Europa e Islam: attualità di una relazione, Marsilio e-book, Venezia.


[2016] Roggero C., Parabole di conversione. Viaggio insolito attraverso la secolarizzazione, in Salmeri G., (ed.), Troppa religione o troppo poca? Cristiani e musulmani alla prova della secolarizzazione, Marsilio e-book, Venezia 2016.


[2016] Roggero C., Algerian Tightrope: a Balancing Exercise on the Brink of a Crisis, in IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2016, European Institute of the Mediterranean, Barcelona.


[2015] Roggero C., L’Unione europea tra scelte e non scelte, in Calchi Novati, G.Pe Roggero C.(eds.), La questione israeliana, numero speciale de Il Ponte, anno LXXI nn. 11-12, novembre-dicembre 2015.


[2015] Roggero C., Sahara, nucleo del disordine. Dalla Libia alla costa atlantica(Sahara, Heart of the Disorder. From Libya to the Atlantic Coast), in Pilati, A, Sapelli G., (eds.), Il nuovo disordine internazionale. Conflitti politici, cambiamenti tecnologici ed evoluzioni strategiche, Centro Studi Fondazione Magna Carta-Osservatorio Politico.


[2015] Roggero C., Lo Stato islamico tra realtà e utopia. Nord Africa e modelli globali,in Plebani, A., Diez, M., (eds.), La galassia fondamentalista. Tra jihad armato e partecipazione politica, e-book Marsilio, Venezia.


[2015] Roggero C., Riconoscersi cittadini. Per una nuova indipendenza algerina, in Massimo Zaccaria, Airò B. (eds.), I confini della cittadinanza nel nuovo Medio Oriente, Quaderni di Asia, Major n. 2, Viella, Roma.


[2014] Roggero C., Le organizzazioni regionali: incroci, contraddizioni, debolezze, in Aliboni R., e Calchi Novati, G.P. (eds.), Il Nord Africa nel nuovo contesto mediterraneo e la politica dell’Italia, Rapporto Csiao-Centro studi italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, marzo 2014.


[2014] Roggero C., Un accordo particolare con l’Unione europea, in Calchi Novati, G.P. e Montanini, M., (eds.), La Nigeria in Africa e la politica dell’Italia, Rapporto Ispi per il Ministero degli Affari esteri e della cooperazione internazionale, Oct. 2014.

Federica Saini Fasanotti

International politics area

Competences: counterinsurgency, foreign and security policy, History of Libia, militari history

Keywords: Afghanistan, defense, Horn of Africa, irregular conflicts, Italian colonies in Africa, Libya, military operations, safety

Region: Lombardy


Non-resident Senior Fellow and military historian at the Brookings Institution (Washington); Senior Associate Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

Professional career

In 2004, she gained a PhD degree at the University of Milan, with a study on controversial relationship between Fascism and the Italian Red Cross.

She has collaborated with the Pentagon and with Secretary of Defense James Mattis as a consultant on Libya. She has worked as an advisor on the Maghreb for Terna Group, the first grid operator for electricity transmission in Europe. 

In September 2016 she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs about terrorism in Libya.

She is currently Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.

Scientific results

She is a specialist of counterinsurgency. She is a military historian expert in African colonies: her studies have covered Libya and the Horn of Africa, but also Afghanistan. She is a frequent lecturer at military history conferences and congresses, and is a guest lecturer for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

She developed for Rai-National Italian Television the series "The History of Fascism" (2006) and "The Second World War" (2009), distributed by "Il Corriere della Sera". She has published five historical books and she is publishing the last one with the Naval Institute of Annapolis on the Italian Counterinsurgency Operations in Libya and Ethiopia (1922-1940). 

Editorial work and publications


[2019] Saini Fasanotti F, VINCERE! The Italian way of COIN: Libya and Ethiopia. 1922-1941, USNI, Annapolis.

[2015] Saini Fasanotti F, The Army at the maquis. The Italian Counterinsurgency from the Brigandage to the Balcans in IIWW (L'Esercito alla macchia. La controguerriglia italiana dal Brigantaggio alla Seconda Guerra Mondiale - 1860-1943), Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore della Difesa, Roma.

 [2014] Saini Fasanotti F, Afghanistan. From the Durrani Empire to the Resolute Support Mission(Afghanistan. Dall'Impero dei Durrani alla Resolute Support Mission)MursiaEditore, Milano.

[2012] Saini Fasanotti F, Libya 1922-1931. The Italian Counterinsurgency (Libia 1922-1931. Le operazioni militari italiane), Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito, Roma.

[2010] Saini Fasanotti F,  Ethiopia 1936-1940. Colonial Counterinsurgency through the sources of the ItalianArmy(Etiopia 1936-1940. Le operazioni di polizia coloniale attraverso le fonti dell'Esercito italiano),Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito, Roma.

[2006] Saini Fasanotti F, The Violated Joy. Crimes against Italians 1940-1946 (La gioia violata. Crimini contro gli italiani 1940-1946),EdizioniAres,Milano.


She writes for several Think Tanks, reviews and magazines. Her many published essays and articles have also appeared in historical and geopolitical journals.

[2019] Saini Fasanotti F,  Libya and the Franco-Italian rivalry,in Geopolitical Intelligence Services

[2019] Saini Fasanotti F,  The Rise of Populacracy, in The National Interest 

[2019] Saini Fasanotti F,  Between false myths and real threats, in Formiche (Agosto-Settembre).

[2017] Saini Fasanotti F, Libya, a nation suspended between past and future, in Studia Diplomatica LXVIII-4, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations.

[2016] Saini Fasanotti F, The Italian war industry on the threshold of the Great War: between mobilization and innovation, pp. 332-345, in "Neutral Italy 1914-1915", Roma, Rodorigo Editore. 

[2014] Saini Fasanotti F, Libyan Troops (1922-1931).The Trainingduring the Reconquest, inRivista Militare, a quarterlymagazine.

Awards and prizes

Finalist and Special Award in the historical-scientific section of the 44th"Acqui-Storia" award.

Ruth Hanau Santini

International politics area

Competences: central Sahel, EU’s foreign policy, Italian foreign polic, Middle East and North African (MENA) politics and geopolitics, Tunisia

Keywords: crisis of democracy, democracy, European Union, Middle East and North Africa, mobilizations, safety, state, terrorism

Region: Lazio


Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Università L’Orientale, Naples.

Professional career

She graduated cum laude in 2001 at the University of Bologna in International and Diplomatic Sciences and in 2003 gains a Master's degree in Neighbor and Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. in Analysis and interpretation of European society at the Federico II University, Naples.

She gained several fellowships and collaborations with various research institutes and universities. During her PhD she worked for the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Stiftung fur Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). In 2008, she is desk officer at the European Research Area of University of Bologna, in 2011/12 she collaborated with the Brookings Institution, in 2010 with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies - ISPI and in 2013 she joined the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund (GMF US).

Her experience leads her to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a consultant to the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister on the Mediterranean and the Middle East. In 2015-2016 she worked at the Johns Hopkins University -SAIS Europe- in Bologna as an associate fellow.

In 2012 she becomes a researcher, first junior and subsequently senior, at the Oriental University of Naples, where she is now an Associate professor in Political science and International relations.  She is also associate fellow of the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) of the University of St. Andrews and consultant at the World Food Program in Rome in the Analysis and Early Warning Unit.

Scientific results

From February 2013 until July 2016, she led an international research consortium within the project EUSPRING(budget: EUR 500,000): Democracy and Citizenship rights in North Africa since the Arab Awakening: challenges for EU and US foreign policies, funded by Compagnia di San Paolo. The project revolved around post-revolutionary political trajectories in North Africa. 

Since May 2015 she has been coordinating a research project, STREETPOL: “From Tunisia to Oman: post-revolutionary participatory challenges”, within the Italian Ministry of Higher Education program SIR (Scientific Independence of Young Researchers).

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Santini R.H, Polese A, (eds.), Rethinking statehood in the Middle East and North Africa. Security, sovereignty and new political orders, Routledge, pp. 234.

[2019] Santini R.H, Cimini, G, The politics of security reform in post-2011 Tunisia: assessing the role of exogenous shocks, domestic policy entrepreneurs and external actors, “Middle Eastern Studies”, vol. 55, n.1, pp. 225-241.

[2019] Santini R.H, Cimini G, Intended and unintended consequences of security assistance in post-2011 Tunisia, in Contemporary Arab Affairs, vol. 12, n.1, 2019, pp. 91-106. 

[2019] Santini R.H, Costantini I, ‘Saudi Arabia’s space shaping: making or unmaking a region’, in Giusti S, Mirkova I (eds.), The EU in a Trans-European space. External relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Springer pp. 113-131.

[2019] Santini R.H, Pontiggia S, Informality and state-society relations in post-2011 Tunisia, in Polese A, Russo A, Strazzari F, (eds.), Governance beyond the law. The immoral, the illegal, the criminal,Palgrave.

[2018] Santini R.H, Limited statehood in post-revolutionary Tunisia. Citizenship, economy, security,Palgrave.

[2018] Santini R.H, Tholens S, Security Assistance in a Post-Interventionist Era: the impact on hybrid political orders in Tunisia and Lebanon, in Small Wars and Insurgencies.

[2018] Santini R.H, Polese A,Limited statehood and its security implications on the fragmentation of political orders in the Middle East and North Africa, in Small Wars and Insurgencies.

[2018] Santini R.H, The EU and post-Arab Uprisings’ citizenship: a fuzzy model or contrasting ideologies, in

Mejier R, Butenschon N (eds.), The Middle East in transition: the centrality of citizenship, Edward Elgar.

[2018] Santini R.H, Il 2011 e il re-balancing del Golfo arabo: trasformazioni geopolitiche della regione del Medio

Oriente e Nord Africa, in Civiltà del Mediterraneo (numero monografico).

[2017] Santini R.H, A New Regional Cold War in the Middle East and North Africa: Regional Security Complex Theory Revisited, in The International Spectator, November 

[2017] Santini R.H, Moro FN, Between hierarchy and heterarchy: Post Arab uprisings’ civil-military relations and the Arab state, in Mediterranean Politics.

Giulia Sciorati

International politics area

Competences: Central Asia, China’s foreign and security policy, China’s international relations with Central Asia, East Asia, international relations, Russia-China relations

Keywords: Central Asia, China, East Asia, safety

Region: Lombardy


Assistant Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for Political Research (ISPI)

Professional career

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree (BA) at the Faculty of Foreign Languages (International Relations Track) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. She continued her studies at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Pavia, where she obtained a Master’s Degree (MA) in African and Asian Studies. During both degrees, she carried out linguistic specialization classes and research periods abroad at the Beijing Language and Culture University. She currently is a PhD student at the School of International Studies of the University of Trento where she specializes in China’s counterterrorism policy and its connection with international security organizations in Central Asia. During her doctorate, she was a visiting scholar at the School of Politics and International Relations of the University of Nottingham and a visiting fellow at the European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels. In addition to the PhD, she contributes to the activities of the Asia Observatory for the Italian Institute for Political Research (ISPI). She is a member of the Italian Association of Chinese Studies (AISC) and the China Soccer Observatory (CSO) of the University of Nottingham.

Scientific results

She deals with security issues with particular reference to counterterrorism policies and the factors that influence decision-making processes in China at the level of the country’s political elite. Her second line of research focuses on the regional projection of Chinese foreign policy with particular attention to the New Silk Road and its impact on China’s relations with the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Sciorati, G., Berkofky, A. Giappone: abdica Akihito, “Imperatore del popolo”, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Parola, F., Gili, A., Le parole dell’Europa: infrastrutture, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Friends or Foes? China and Japan’s Southeast Asian Battleground, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Mediating Between the EU and China: Will Italy Take Up the Task?, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Amighini A., Gili, A. Cina e Italia: sfide e opportunità di una partnership discussa, ISPI Focus.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Political Implications of Digital Technologies: the Huawei Case, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Perteghella A., “Go West”? I rischi dell'equilibrismo cinese tra Iran e Arabia Saudita, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Guo:Per Pechino tre lezioni dai rapporti con i partner BRI, ISPI Commentary.

[2018] Sciorati, G., Note of Comment on President Nazarbayev’s Article “The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe”, EIAS Commentary.

[2018] Sciorati, G., Note of Comment on President Putin’s Visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan, EIAS Commentary.

[2018] Sciorati, G., China’s Quest. The History of the Foreign Relations of the People’s Republic of China, Europe-Asia Studies 70:2, 307-309.

Marcella Simoni

International politics area

Competences: History of Israel and of Palestine, Israeli cinema, Jewish history in 20th century, peace-building

Keywords: civil society, Israel, Jews in Asia, nonviolence, Palestine, violence

Region: Veneto


Senior Researcher in History and Institutions of Asia, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.

Professional career

Marcella Simoni graduated in Italian Literature at the University of Florence, specializing in contemporary history. She then continued her studies in London, where she obtained her Ph.D in 2004 at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. Upon her return to Italy, she started to cooperate with the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University, as a contract professor first, as a junior researcher, and since 2011 in a permanent position as a Senior Researcher. As a post-doc and/or visiting scholar she has been hosted in various universities and research centres, in the US (Brown University, American Jewish University), in the UK (Oxford), in France (INALCO), Israel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Centre de Recherche Francais à Jérusalem), China (University of Nanjing). Since 2004 she has been teaching at the Florence campus of New York University. 

Scientific results

She has worked on various themes and research topics in the social history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and maintains a very active research agenda. Her interests include the history of medicine and public health in Palestine of the British Mandate, Israeli cinema, non-violence and civil resistance in Israel and Palestine and military conscientious objection in Israel.

Editorial work and publications

Among her works published during the last 10 years:


[2018] Simoni M, Miccoli D, Foscarini G, Homelands and Diasporas: Perspectives on Jewish Culture in the Mediterranean and Beyond, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne.

[2010] Simoni M, A Healthy Nation. Zionist Health Policies in British Palestine (1930-1939), Cafoscarina, Venezia.

[2010] Simoni M, At the Margins of Conflict. Social Perspectives on Arabs and Jews in British Palestine (1922-1948), Cafoscarina, Venezia.

Edited books and special issues

[2013] Simoni M, Israelis and Palestinians Seeking, Building and Representing Peace, “Quest. Issues inContemporary Jewish History, 5. 

Chapters in books

[2018] Simoni M, Young Italian Jews in Israel, and back. Voices from a generation (1945-1953), pp. 173-200, in “Italian Jewish Networks between Europe and the Mediterranean”, Schwarz G, Ferrara C, Bregoli F (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed scientific journals

[2017] Simoni M, (ed.) Narcotics and global history (Narcotici e storia globale), in Simoni, M, “Passato e Presente”, vol. 101, pp. 167-90. 

[2016] Simoni M, A history of missed relations. Giorgio La Pira and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Una storia di relazioni mancate. Giorgio La Pira e il conflitto israelo-palestinese), in Humanitas, vol. 71/5, pp. 724-32. 

[2013] Simoni M, «Hello Pacifist». War resisters in Israel’s first decade, in Simoni M (ed.), “Israelis and Palestinians Seeking, Building and Representing Peace” “Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History” 5, pp. 73-100.

[2013] Simoni M, «Shoot and Pray!» Israeli cinema thirty years after the Lebanon War («Spara e Prega!» Il cinema israeliano a trenta anni dalla guerra del Libano), in, Passato e Presente, vol. 31/88, pp. 111-30. 

[2013] Simoni M, Youth, education and democracy in Israel. The perspective from “New Outlook” in the 1960s [Imparare a separarsi. L’educazione di arabi e ebrei nella Palestina britannica (1922-1948)], in “Qualestoria”, 40/2: 61-84.

[2012] Simoni M, Giovani, educazione e democrazia in Israele. La prospettiva di «New Outlook» negli anni Sessanta, in SMP Società Mutamento Politica, vol. 3/5, pp. 121-33. 

[2012] Simoni M, Legrenzi M, Di Peri R, Mazzuccotelli F, Meier D, Lebanon before and after 1982 (Il Libano prima e dopo il 1982), in Passato e Presente, vol. 87, pp. 19-37 e 249-62. 

Awards and prizes

2009-10 Accademia dei Lincei (Rome, Italy) Prize “Alessandro Vaciago” for the political and social sciences

Lucia Sorbera

International politics area

Competences: cultural productions in the Arab world and its diasporas, gender studies, history of social and political movements in the Middle East and North Africa, political and cultural history of North Africa and the Middle East

Keywords: arab world, gender, Islam, Middle East, North Africa, women

Region: ABROAD


Chair, Department of Arabic Language and Cultures, the University of Sydney.

Professional career

Graduated in Arabic Language and Cultures at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice (2000). She has a Master in Migration Studies (Venice, 2001) and a Master in Intercultural Studies (Padova University, 2001). She was awarded a PhD in Arabic, Islamic and Middle East Studies in2006 (Venice), with a thesis on Egyptian Feminism. Between 2000 and 2011 she paralleled her academic studies with her professional activity in the field of intercultural education and she has been teaching as an adjunct professor in the Universities of Milan, Macerata and Verona. She moved to Sydney in 2011, where she is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures and where she teaches in the programs of Arabic Language and Cultures, International and Global Studies, European Studies and International and Comparative Literary and Translation Studies. Since 2016 she curates with Paola Caridi the program Arab Souls, a focus on Arabic Literature and Arab Cultures at the Torino Book Fair. 

Scientific results

Her research in the field of women's history focuses on the study of Egyptian feminism. She has also published on Arab women's autobiography, Arab women's political leadership, and contemporary Iraqi cinema.

Editorial work and publications


[2013] Sorbera L (con Lorenzo Casini and Maria Elena Paniconi), Modernità arabe. Nazione, narrazione e nuovi soggetti nel romanzo egiziano, Mesogea, Messina

Edited Books


[2018] Sorbera L (con Bronwyn Winter),Contending Legitimacy in World Politics, Taylor and Francis, London


Special issues of scholarly journals


[2016] Sorbera L (con Bronwyn Winter),LegitimacySpecial issue ofGlobal Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 6/3 


[2014] Sorbera L (con Maurizio Marinelli), Imagining Revolution. Special issue ofPost-Colonial Studies, 17, 1,


[2013] Sorbera L (con Leila El Houssi), Femminismi nel Mediterraneo. Special Issue of Genesis.The Journal of the Italian Society of Women Historians, XII/1


Peer reviewed journal articles 


[2017] Sorbera L, The Debate about Veiling and Unveiling. A transnational History?,Contemporanea, XX,(4), pp 681-699


[2016] Sorbera L, Body Politics and Legitimacy: Towards a feminist epistemology of the Egyptian revolution,Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, Published online 6 June 


[2014] Sorbera L, Challenges of thinking feminism and revolution in Egypt between 2011 and 2014, in Postcolonial Studies, 17,1,  pp 74-86


[2014] Sorbera L,  Writing Revolution: New Inspirations, new questions, in Postcolonial Studies, 17,1, pp 104-108


[2013] Sorbera L, Femminismo e rivoluzione in Egitto e Tunisia, in Linee di Conflitto. Il mondo arabo in trasformazione. Dossier in  Afriche e Orientied. by Massimiliano Trentin XV, 1-2/2013, pp 38-52


[2013] Sorbera L.(with Leila El Houssi), Femminismi nel Mediterraneoin Genesis. The Journal of the Italian Society of Women’s Historians, XII/1,2013, pp 5-12


[2013] Sorbera L, Early Reflections of an Historian on Feminism in Egypt in Times of Revolution, in Genesis. The Journal of the Italian Society of Women’s Historians, XII/1,2013, pp 13-42



Franca Pieroni Bortolotti Award for the best PhD thesis on women and gender history, awarded by the italian Society of Women Historians (2007).

Awards and prizes

Franca Pieroni Bortolotti Award for the best PhD thesis on women and gender history, awarded by the italian Society of Women Historians (2007).


Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti

International politics area

Competences: EU neighbourhood policies, EU_Russia relations, Russian foreign policy, Russi-Turkey relations

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: geopolitics of vaccines, European Union, foreign policy, post-soviet area, Russia, soft power, Sputnik V, vaccines

Region: Lombardy


Research Fellow at ISPI

Professional career

Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti is a Research Fellow at the Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Centre at ISPI. Prior to that, she was a Marie Curie Fellow based at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, where she has also pursued her PhD in International Relations. She has worked as a junior researcher at the Brussels office of the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE) and as a research assistant at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Salento, an MA in European Studies from the University of Roma Tre, and an MRes in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She is a member of WIIS (Women in International Security), an international network dedicated to increasing the influence of women in the field of foreign and defence policy.

Scientific results

Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti  is an expert of Regional powers (Russia and Turkey and their relations with the EU) e non-Western readings of international relations and soft power.


Editorial work and publications

[Forthcoming] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “The Turkish framing of Democracy and Human Rights” in R. Marchetti & N. Levrat (ed.) Framing Power Europe? EU External Action On Democracy and Human Rights in a Competitive World, Routledge

[Forthcoming] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Power and Politics in the Field: Young, Female, European Researchers’ Experiences East of the EU” (with A.M. Lantukh), PRIMO Working Paper 

[2019] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: Ukraine's Elections: A Crucial Test for Regional Stability, ISPI Dossier, 29 marzo 2019,

[2019] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “How Does The European Union Perceive Russia’s Role In The Mena Region?” (with C.Lovotti), in The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?, aprile 2019, European Institute of the Mediterranean,

[2018] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “The Western Balkans: Still Living the EU Dream?”, ISPI Dossier, 14 maggio 2018,

[2018] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Russia’s Diplomatic Agenda: a Real Global Strategy?”, ISPI Dossier, 12 marzo 2018

[2017] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Linking Status with Soft Power: Call for a joint research agenda”, All Azimuth V0, N0, 1-9  6 luglio 2017 


[2017] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Building a Sphere of Influence in Their Neighbourhood. The Soft Power of Turkey and Russia”. PRIMO Working Paper No. 5, gennaio2017                             

[2014] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.* “Fatal Attraction? Russia’s soft power in its neighbourhood”, FRIDE Policy Brief, maggio 2014

[2014] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Russia: the limits of assertiveness” (with M. Laruelle), in G. Grevi and D. Keohane (ed.), Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2014: The EU’s extended neighbourhood, Madrid/Brussels: FRIDE, gennaio 2014

[2013] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.:“The Eastern Partnership after Vilnius: stay the course and engage the people” (co-authored), FRIDE Policy Brief, dicembre 2013

[2013] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.:“Can the EU help foster democracy in Russia?”, FRIDE Policy Brief, ottobre 2013

[2012] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Rusia está cambiando. Elecciones presidenciales 2012” (with C. Claudín), CIDOB Dossiers, marzo 2012

Awards and prizes

Turkey-EU Future Fellow 2018, Stiftung Mercator

Young Leader, Meeting Russia fellowship 2018, Picreadi Moscow

Marie Curie fellow, 2014-2017, European Commission

Lucia Tajoli

International politics area

Competences: economic growth, economic network, international trade, political economy

Keywords: economic integration, economy, international competition, international trade networks, trade policy

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of Economic Policy at Politecnico di Milano

Professional career

She graduated in Economics at Bocconi University in 1988, received her Diploma in Advanced International Economic Policy Research at the Institute of World Economics in Kiel (Germany) in 1991, and received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1994.

She is Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Management Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. She is also a member of the Board of the same Department, with responsibility for international accreditations, and she is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Digital Export Observatory of Politecnico. She teaches courses in Economics, International Economics and International Markets and European Institutions at Politecnico di Milano in undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate courses (MBA, EMBA and PhD). She has held teaching positions in International Economics at Bocconi University and at Sant'Anna School in Pisa, and she has been visiting scholar and visiting professor a number of times at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, Ann Arbor (USA ).

Until July 2019 shi was member of the scientific committee of the Italian Trade Study Group. She is a senior research fellow at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan, she is a member of the scientific committee of the Italian Trade Agency (ex-ICE), of the scientific committee of the Masi Foundation, and the European Trade Study Group. He is a member of the Regency Committee of the Milan branch of the Bank of Italy. 

Scientific results

She has been research coordinator of research projects of relevant national interest (PRIN) on European integration and the Italian competitive position, on international trade and on multilateral trade policies. Her research activity focuses on theoretical and empirical issues related to international trade and economic integration between countries, in particular through the fragmentation of international production and participation in global value chains.

Recent research projects carried out or underway include: "The use of trade data to understand the market penetration of climate technologies", research project funded by EBRD; “Non-tariff measures, standards and certifications in international trade of the 21st century,  project funded by Accredia; "Digital exports of Italian companies", report of the Digital Export Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano with the cooperation of Italian Trade Agency; "The role of international fragmentation of production in global imbalances during the international financial crisis", a basic research project funded by the Politecnico di Milano; "International trade and network analysis", a research project of national interest funded by MIUR.

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Tajoli, L., De Lombaerde P., Iapadre P., McCranie A.,  Using Network Analysis to Study Globalization, Regionalization and Multi-Polarity, in Introduction to Special Section, Network Science, Vol. 6, issue 4, December.


[2018] Tajoli, L., Piccardi C., Complexity, centralization, and fragility in economic networksin PLoS ONE n. 13 (11): e0208265. 


[2018] Tajoli, L., Felice, G., Global value chains participation and knowledge spillovers in developed and developing countries: An empirical investigation, in European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 30, Issue 3, pp. 505-532.       


[2018] Tajoli, L., Cingolani, I., Iapadre, L., International production networks and the world trade structure, in International Economics, vol. 153.  


[2018] Tajoli, L., De Benedictis L., Global and local centrality of emerging countries in the world trade network, in Networks of International Trade and Investment. Understanding globalisation through the lens of network analysis, S. Gorgoni, A. Amighini, M. Smith (Eds.), Vernon Press.     


[2018] Tajoli, L., Abbate, A., De Benedictis, L., Fagiolo, G., Distance-varying assortativity and clustering of the international trade network, in Network Science, 1-28. 


[2018] Tajoli, L., Piccardi C., Riccaboni, M., Z. ZhuRandom walks on the world input–output network, in Journal of Complex Networks.


[2017] Tajoli, L., Cingolani I., Panzarasa, P., Countries’ positions in the international global value networks: Centrality and economic performance, in Applied Network Science, vol. 2, pp. 2-21.


[2017] Tajoli, L., Iapadre P., Assessing Globalization and Regionalization Through Network Indices, in Indicator-based Monitoring of Regional Economic Integration, P. De Lombaerde e Edgar Saucedo, eds., UNU/Springer.

[2017] Tajoli, L., Internazionalizzazione delle imprese, crescita economica e accordi commerciali, in Stato e Mercato.


[2016] Tajoli, L., De Benedictis L., Comparative advantage and centrality in the world network of trade and vale added: an analysis of the Italian position, in Rivista di Politica Economica, VII-IX.


[2016] Tajoli, L., Giusti S., The pros and cons of de facto Polish opting out of EMU, in Europe in Crisis. A structural analysis, L.S. Talani ed., Palgrave Macmillan. 

Valeria Talbot

International politics area

Competences: Gulf monarchie, International Relations of the Middle East, Turkey’s domestic and foreign politics, UE Mediterranean countries relations

Keywords: Middle East, Turkey

Region: Lombardy


Senior Research Fellow, Co-head Middle East and North Africa Centre, ISPI (the Italian Istitute of International Political Studies)

Professional career

Valeria Talbot is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of the Middle East and North Africa Centre of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). She is also a lecturer at the Master in Middle Eastern Studies (MIMES) of the Alta Scuola of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart where she teaches Euro-Mediterranean Relations. From 2015 to 2017 she was Lecturer of History and Institutions of the Middle East at the IULM University of Milan. For several years she has been coordinating ISPI’s short courses on "Europe and the Mediterranean" and "The Gulf countries: crises, challenges and economic diversification", where she also teaches. Furthermore, she has lectured at the Doing Business Master in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East of the New Institute of International Business (NIBI) of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan and in other training courses.

She is invited to conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad on the issues of her competence, on which she is also interviewed by Italian and foreign media.

After graduating in Political Science at the University of Catania, she earned a Master of Philosophy in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.


Scientific results

Her main researches areas focus on political and security dynamics in the enlarged Mediterranean area, with a particular focus on the role of external actors, on socio-political transformations triggered by the so-called Arab Spring of 2011, on Turkey's policy in the Middle East and towards Asia, on the monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and on the intra-Gulf crisis.

Since 2015, she has worked on the organization the Rome MED Dialogues annual conference that ISPI organizes in collaboration with the Italian Foreign Ministry. Among other things, she is scientific coordination of the MED Report, which collects the analyses of Italian and international experts on the issues of the Mediterranean area and the Middle East.

Since 2016, Valeria Talbot has been responsible for the quarterly report "Focus Mediterranean in a broader context" created by the ISPI for the International Political Observatory of the Italian Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, for which over the years it has also contributed with ad hoc work on Turkey and on Euro-Mediterranean relations.

From 2013 to 2016, she was scientific coordinator for ISPI’s Arab Trans project, a three-year project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Program. The project, which involved a consortium of twelve members between European and Arab universities and research centers, analyzed socio-political transformations in seven Arab countries based on survey data conducted in such countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia). Since 2013, she has collaborated in the realization of the Treccani-ISPI geopolitical Atlas. From 2010 to 2016, she was the scientific coordinator of the Med & Gulf Executive Briefings project, carried out in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo and Promos Chamber of Commerce of Milan, for Italian companies and organizations interested in business opportunities in the enlarged Mediterranean area.


Editorial work and publications

Valeria Talbot has coordinated and edited various research projects. She writes commentary and articles in Italian and English for ISPI and online and printed magazines.

From 2007 to 2011, she was editorial coordinator of the ISPI’s review "Quaderni di Relazioni Internazionali".


Among its main publications:


Abbot P., Maggiolini P., Talbot V., Teti A., The EU’s Southern Neighbourhood Policy after the Arab Uprisings - A Failure Foretold, Palgrave, Forthcoming.

[2019] Talbot, V., Lovotti, C. (eds), The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?, EuroMeSCo Joint Policy Study n. 12 

[2018] Talbot, V., Torelli, S. M. (eds), Building Trust: the Challenge of Peace and Stability in the Mediterranean, ISPI MED Report.

[2018] Talbot, V. (ed.), Turkey: Towards a Eurasian Shift?, ISPI Report.

[2017] Talbot, V., Torelli S. M. (eds), Looking Ahead: Charting New Path for the Mediterranean, ISPI MED Report.

[2017] Talbot, V., Fasulo F., ‘The MENA Region: Where the Belt Joins the Road’, in Amighini A. (ed.), China’s Belt and Road: a Game Changer?,  ISPI Report.

[2017] Talbot, V., Frappi C., La politica estera della Turchia, Report for the Italian Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

[2017] Teti, A., Maggiolini, P., Talbot, V. and Abbot, P., MENA Populations' Perceptions of Key Challenges, International context, and the Role of the European Union, Arab Transformations Working Paper n. 9.

[2016] Talbot, V., Torelli, S. M. (eds), Leaving the Storm Behind: Ideas for a New Mediterranean.

[2015] Talbot, V., Lovotti, C., Il rilancio della cooperazione euro-mediterranea, Report for the Italian Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, October.

[2015] Talbot, V.  (ed.), The Rising Gulf. The New Ambitions of the Gulf Monarchies, ISPI Report.

[2015] Talbot, V.  (ed.), The Uncertain Path of the New Turkey, ISPI Report. 

Loredana Teodorescu

International politics area

Competences: EU neighbourhood policies, EU policies on migration and asylum, European governance, European Union, EU’s foreign policy, international relations

Keywords: boundaries, European Union, foreign policy, immigration, international cooperation, link between domestic and foreign policy, Mediterranean, security, women

Region: Lazio


Head of European and International Affairs, Istituto Luigi Sturzo; Research Associate, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Professional career

After graduating in International Relations - European Union Policies and Institutions, she obtained a PhD in Political Science-European and International Studies at the University of Roma Tre, focusing her research on the link between internal politics and external action of the European Union in the migration field.

She has been working at Luigi Sturzo Institute since 2011 first as research project manager and then, from 2018, as Head of European and International affairs, developing, coordinating and managing numerous research projects and starting and consolidating external relations and partnerships.

After a visiting  fellowship of almost two years in Brussels at the Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies, she was appointed Research Associate, developing research and analysis mainly on EU immigration policies. She collaborates with the chair of EU law and institutions and the Altiero Spinelli Center of excellence (CeAS) of Roma Tre University. She participates in the activities of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the Consultative Forum of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), as CeAS delegate. She worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Italian EU Presidency, mainly dealing with diplomatic relations between Italy and Romania.

Specialized in European policies and migration policies, with many years of experience in the development, management and coordination of research initiatives and projects, in policy analysis and in external and institutional relations, she collaborates with numerous think tanks and public and private institutions.

In Febrary 2020 she was appointed segretary of Women in International Security Italy.

Scientific results

She mainly deals with European affairs and international relations, and has a specific expertise in the European Union's migration policy (internal to the EU and external cooperation with third countries).

Her areas of interest include EU's foreign, neighbourhood and cooperation policy; EU governance and integration; EU politics and policies; security and borders; human rights; gender issues.

On these issues she develops and coordinates research projects, holds university lectures and participate in working groups and debates within institutions, universities, think tanks and non-governmental organizations, and writes articles and analysis.

Editorial work and publications

Author of numerous analyses and briefings produced as part of research projects promoted by Luigi Sturzo Institute, Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies and Altiero Spinelli Center of Excellence of Roma Tre University.

Her publications include:

Women as key players for mediation, peace and security, in Quaderns de la Mediterrània 28/29, Civil Society in the Mediterranean Mirror, IEMED, 2019

Culture della Repubblica per l’Europa (ed. with Luigi Giorgi), Quaderni di Civitas, Editoriale Scientifica, 2019

Politica esterna di immigrazione dell’Unione europea e suoi legami con la dimensione interna,inLa Cittadinanza europea, Franco Angeli, anno XVI, n.2, 2018

Beyond emergency measures: the need for a holistic and truly European approach to migration, in European View, Vol. 2, Sage, October 2018

Ambition versus reality: partnering on migration with the neighbours, in European View, Vol. 1, Springer, June 2017

The external dimension of EU migration policy: framing the issue, inMigrants and Refugees across Europe, European Studies, European University Press, Vol. 2, 2017

Security and Migration: Balancing the Security of External Borders and the Responsibility to Protect (con Vít Novotný), in Tungul L. (ed.), in Solutions to the Political Challenges of 2017, WMCES-KAS-TOPAZ, 2016

L'Unione europea e la sfida dell'immigrazione, in Libertà Civili, Ministero dell'Interno, Rodorigo Editore, n. 4, 2013

Un' Europa più attraente per i migranti altamente qualificati: considerazioni sulla Carta Blu UE, in La Cittadinanza europea, Franco Angeli, Anno X, n.2, 2013

Lo sviluppo di una politica di immigrazione dell'Unione europea, Working paper, Centro Altiero Spinelli-Polo di eccellenza Jean Monnet, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, 2011

Awards and prizes

From 2019: member of WIIS Italy (Women in international security) Committee and member of the European network Brussels Binder Beyond, aiming at encouraging the participation of women in public debates.

Appointed member of the Network of European Policy Experts promoted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation - Berlin office (2017) and of the Network of immigration experts promoted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Tunis, Regional Program of Political Dialogue in the Southern Mediterranean (2018).

2017: selected to participate in the Brussel Forum's Young Professional Summit sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

2015: appointed as a member of the Italian-German group of Young Leaders promoted by the Adenauer Foundation, offices in Rome and Berlin.

Awarded three research grants by the Altiero Spinelli Center of Excellence at Roma Tre University for projects on immigration, security policy and EU cooperation policy (2011, 2013, 2015).

Teaching Assistant (Cultrice della materia) in Law and Politics of the European Union at Roma Tre University, Faculty of Political Science.

Laura Zanfrini

International politics area

Competences: governance of migration and integration processes, immigration, interethnic cohabitation and citizenship, international migrations, migration policies, relationships between organizations and social contexts, social differences in society and in the labour market

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact of on immigrants, interethnic relations, labor market, social differences and social inequalities, social innovation

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor for the Scientific-Disciplinary Sector of Sociology of Economic Processes at the Catholic University of Milan; Director of the WWELL Research Center (Work, Welfare, Enterprise, Lifelong Learning).

Professional career

After graduating in Political Science at the Catholic University of Milan (best graduate of the year), Laura Zanfrini obtained (1995) a PhD in “Sociology and Methodology of social sciences”, with a thesis on local development in the French experience, evaluated with a judgment of “excellence”.

In 1998 she was hired as Assistant Professor in Sociology of economic processes. She entered the role of Associate Professor in 2005 and then, in 2010, she became Full Professor. She currently teaches “Sociology of Migration and Inter-ethnic Coexistence” and “Organizations, Environment and Social Innovation” at the School of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University. She is also coordinator of the Master degree in “Labour and business management” (a course that aims to prepare “enlightened” managers, who combine professional skills with a particular sensitivity to the social and ethical implications of economic action). She is also Director of the Summer School “Human Mobility and Global Justice”.

In addition to a rich scientific research activity (see next point), she has accumulated an extensive teaching experience, both in the academic context (as a professor of economic sociology, sociology of labour, sociology of migration, sociology of differences and inequalities), and in the extra-academic context (as an expert involved in initiatives promoted by public administrations, local authorities, school districts, trade unions, cultural associations, religious institutions, NGO).

Since its foundation in 1991, she has been involved in the activities of the ISMU Foundation as a member of the technical-scientific committee, Head of the Economics and Labour Department and Director of the Documentation Center.

Since its establishment (2010), she has been the Director of the WWELL Research Center (Work, Welfare, Enterprise, Lifelong Learning), at the Department of Sociology of the Catholic University, where a series of applied research, consultancy, and training initiatives are developed in continuity with a long tradition sensitive to the business ethic, sustainability, and inclusiveness.

In these contexts, she has participated and directed many national and international research projects, joined qualified networks of experts, and worked as advisor of many Italian and international organizations.

Scientific results

The scientific activity of Laura Zanfrini has developed around some main thematic areas and then concentrated, in recent years, mainly on the theme of international migration. Thanks to a particular predisposition for the systematization of literature (also according to an interdisciplinary approach) and for the analysis of empirical evidence, she authored many articles and books and collected a long list of participations in conferences and scientific seminars.

A first area of interest is the theme of development, captured in particular in its local declination, the subject of her doctoral thesis (published in the book Una promessa disattesa..., 1996) and of numerous other publications, among which the volume Lo sviluppo condiviso…(2001). In this same area, there are other works dedicated to entrepreneurship (artisans, women, immigrants ...) and the involvement in important projects on co-development, that is the enhancement of the link between international migration and development of the communities of origin (cf., in particular, the project Migrants’ Associations and Philippine Institutions for Development, funded by EU Aeneas program).

A second area is represented by the processes of labour market’s functioning and regulation, analyzed in their relationship with cultural patterns, development models, and social change’s dynamics. Based on several empirical researches, the analyzes dedicated to these issues have resulted in various publications characterized by a specific attention to the system of differences–of gender, ethnicity and age– caught in its intertwining with family patters, cultural contexts and the institutional and informal networks of protection from social risks (see, among others, Disoccupate per forza e per amore..., 2003; Una rivoluzione incompiuta..., 2005; Riconciliare lavoro e cittadinanzaLeggere la disoccupazione..., 2012, as well as contributions dedicated to the work of immigrants, regularly published on the yearly ISMU Report on migration). Among the results achieved, the co-optation in the Scientific Committee of the reviews “Sociologia del lavoro” and “Professionalità”.

A third area of interest is that of human resource management. Initially focused in the degree thesis, dedicated to the negotiation of working time, this issue was subsequently developed in the context of two important interdisciplinary projects on the business-history and, especially, through the co-editorship of some monographic issues of the journal “Sociologia del lavoro “.The interest in the issue of social differences has then developed into a specific focus on Diversity Management: as well as through the publication of various articles and essays, this issue has found expression in the scientific conception and direction of the DIVERSE international project. Diversity Improvement as a Viable Enrichment Resource for Society and Economy,and, more recently, of the project DimiCome - Diversity Management and Integration. The skills of migrants in the labour market, started in 2019. Going beyond the scope of organizational studies, the theme of social differences, caught in their interweaving with social inequalities, has been the subject of numerous works and, especially, of the handbook Sociologia delle differenze e delle disuguaglianze(2011).

The scientific activity of Laura Zanfrini is today mainly focused on international migration, the integration of migrants in the host society and the inter-ethnic relations. Started in the early 1990s, through the involvement in some “pioneering” researches, the study of these issues has been oriented along different lines: the systematization of international literature, the basis of many works and, in particular, of the 2 handbooks Sociologia delle migrazioniand Sociologia della convivenza interetnica (the first edition date back to 2004) and of the numerous “entries” that appeared in prestigious dictionaries and encyclopaedias; thegovernance of human mobility, analyzed by capturing the intertwining of the economic, political and ethical dimensions in multiple publications and, in particular, in the recent volume The Challenge of Migration in a Janus-Faced Europe(2019); the social and institutional construction of ethnic differencesand of the figure of the migrant, also addressed with specific regard to the issue of the ethnicization of employment relationships and also caught in its gender and generational declination; the feedback processes that migrations produce in the communities of originof migrants, with particular regard to the issue of development and of individual and family emancipation strategies, also in an intergenerational perspective; the citizenship and citizenship rights, presented as emblematic of the need to overcome the limits of methodological nationalism and rethink the theories of belonging and justice (see, among others, the volume Cittadinanze..., 2007); the ethical dimension of migration practices and policiesand the role of religion in migratory processes, through the scientific direction of a large multi-disciplinary study –Migrations and religious belongings.From the periphery to the core, for a new humanism–, funded with a special grant by the Catholic University, as a project of “high currently magnitude”.

The notoriety achieved as an expert on these topics is also attested by the frequent speeches at conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad; the participation in the scientific/editorial committee of the journals “Studi Emigrazione/International Journal of Migration Studies”, “Mondi Migranti”, “Revista Internacional de Estudios Migratorios”, “People on Move”, “Asian and Pacific Migration Journal”, “Rivista Internazionale di Scienze sociali” and of CIRMIB, “Centro di Iniziative e ricerche sulle Migrazioni – Brescia”; the involvement in the working group set up at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on irregular immigration policies; co-optation in the Independent Network of Labour Migration and Integration Experts; the appointment, in 2011, as Consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants.

Editorial work and publications

She authored almost 400 publications, including books, essays and articles in Italian and foreign reviews.

The complete list can be consulted through the repertoire.

Among them we highlight:

University textbooks:

[2004 first edition] Zanfrini L, Sociologia delle migrazioni, Laterza. Più volte riedito, ultima versione del 2016: Introduzione alla sociologia delle migrazioni.

[2004 first edition] Zanfrini L, Sociologia della convivenza interetnica, Laterza, then acquired and translated by Alianza Editorial, La convivencia interétnica). 

Edited books:

[2011] Zanfrini L (ed.),Sociologia delle differenze e disuguaglianze, Zanichelli.

[2005] Zanfrini L (ed.),La rivoluzione incompiuta. Il lavoro delle donne tra retorica della femminilità e nuove disuguaglianze, Edizioni Lavoro.

Monographic books:

[2019] Zanfrini L, The Challenge of Migration in a Janus-Faced Europe, Palgrave Pivot.

[2007] Zanfrini L, Cittadinanze. Appartenenza e diritti nella società dell’immigrazione, Laterza.

International research projects’ volumes:

[2015] Zanfrini L, The Diversity Value. How to Reinvent the European Approach to Immigration, McGraw-Hill.

[2008] Zanfrini L, Policies on irregular migrants. Volume I: Italy and Germany, Council of Europe Publishing.

[2006] Zanfrini L,Orgoglio e pregiudizio. Una ricerca tra Filippine e Italia sulla transizione all’età attiva dei figli di emigrati e dei figli di immigrati, Angeli.

Selected articles:

[2017] Zanfrini L, Between Ambitions and Ambivalences: Cross-cultural Diversity Management and Immigrant Integration, in Business and Management Studies.

[2016] Zanfrini L, How Europe can Benefit from Immigration-Related “Diversity” – A Policy Paper, in Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy.

[2012] Zanfrini L, Family Migration: Fulfilling the Gap between Law and Social Processes, in Societies.

Awards and prizes

Premio “Agostino Gemelli” quale migliore laureata della Facoltà nell’anno 1989.

“Paul Harris Fellow”, rilasciato dalla Fondazione Rotary del Rotary International, “in segno di apprezzamento e riconoscenza per il suo tangibile e significativo apporto nel promuovere una migliore comprensione reciproca e amichevoli relazioni fra popoli di tutto il mondo”.

Francesca Zilio

International politics area

Competences: Cold War history, German History, history of international relations, institutional promotion of Country image

Keywords: Berlin, cultural tourism, German history, German reunification, Germany, historical tourism, Italy_Germany relations, Italy's image abroad, national stereotypes, nation branding

Region: Lombardy


Researcher at Villa Vigoni – German-Italian Centre for the European Dialogue-

Professional career

Francesca Zilio graduated in International and Diplomatic Relations at the University of Trieste. She then obtained a binational PhD in History of International Relations from Sapienza University of Rome and Freie Universität Berlin.

Before coming to Villa Vigoni she was postdoctoral DAAD Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, research assistant at the University of Bern, visiting researcher at the Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel, and a research fellow at Istituto di Studi politici S. Pio V in Rome.

She is a research affiliate at Dodis (Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland). She founded a project on Italy’s Nation Branding (

In the field of Public History she is the author of a book that explains the history of divided Berlin (and Germany) through its buildings, the creator and author of an Instagram profile and a Facebook page about German Division and Reunification, and she creates historical itineraries in Germany for cultural tourism institutions. 

Scientific results

Her main areas of interest concern the history of Germany and Berlin during the Cold War, the foreign policy of Italy and Federal Germany after the Second World War, German-Italian political and cultural relations, the role of Christian Democratic parties in the process of European integration, and the institutional promotion of the national image of states (from cultural diplomacy to nation branding).

Editorial work and publications


[2020] Zilio F. Divisione e riunificazione: itinerari storici nella Berlino della Guerra fredda. Villa Vigoni Editore | Verlag 

[2020] Zilio F. “Unirsi e non restare spettatori immobili di ciò che accade nel mondo”: Mariano Rumor, l’integrazione europea e la distensione. Editrice Apes

[2014] Zilio F. Roma e Bonn fra Ostpolitik e CSCE, 1969-1975. Aracne 

[2007]Zilio F. Bonn e Bruxelles unite per la riunificazione? Le dimensioni bilaterale e comunitaria della cooperazione allo sviluppo tedesca per impedire il riconoscimento della DDR (1955-1972). ISIG


[2015] Zilio F. The conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe and NATO Southern Flank: Mediterranean security as a source of intra-bloc tension, in Lemke B. (a cura di). Periphery or Contact Zone? The NATO-Flanks 1961 to 2013. Rombach: 69-85 

[2014] Zilio F. Aldo Moro e la CSCE: dalle parole ai fatti della politica distensiva italiana, in Moro R, Mezzana D (a cura di). Una vita, un paese: Aldo Moro e l’Italia del Novecento. Rubbettino: 643-661 

[2012] Le relazioni fra Roma e Bonn durante il primo Governo Brandt fra Ostpolitik e CSCE. Mondo contemporaneo, 2012 [2]: 5-34


[2020] Zilio F. Un insegnamento per l’Europa nel trentennale della riunificazione tedesca:

Awards and prizes

Prize of the Italian Society of International History for the best doctoral dissertation of 2012.

Ida Zilio Grandi

International politics area

Competences: Arabic language and cuture, classical and contemporary Islamic thought, History of Islamic Religion, islamic ethics, Muslims in Italy

Keywords: Corano, Islam, Italian Islam

Region: Veneto


Associate Professor with national qualification as Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Professional career

After graduating in Oriental Languages ​​and Literatures (Arabic) at the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice, she obtained a Ph. doctorate in "Studies on the Middle East and Maghreb from the foundation of Islam to the present" at the University of Naples "L'Orientale".

Since 2002, she started several academic collaborations: she had been resident researcher at the University of Genoa until 2008, she lectured Arabic literature and culture at the University of Urbino and Islamic law, inter culturalism and social citizenship at Ca 'Foscari. In 2013 and 2014 he teaches Arab and Islamic culture at the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences (ISSR) Santa Maria di Monte Berico and teaches Arabic languages ​​and cultures also at the University of Padua and the Master of the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome.

She is currently Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the Department of Studies on Asia and Mediterranean Africa (DSAAM) of the "Ca 'Foscari" University, where she teaches also Islamic thought and theology as well as Islamic philosophy.

She regularly holds seminars and courses at various universities and research institutes

Scientific results

Her scholarly activity has followed a number of distinct lines of research.

The main line has concerned the Koran as viewed, both lexically and with regard to differing interpretations of content, in the subsequent Arab Islamic literature. To this area belong especially her studies on evil (2002), on such individuals as Mary (1990 & 1997), Cain (1999), Pharaoh (2204), Jonah (2006), and on the question of religious freedom, how the female is perceived (2209), the Night Journey and the Prophet's Ascension (2010). These studies are based on the most representative, mainly Sunnite, works of exegesis in the Arabic language, from the beginning until the present day, noting the authors’ affiliations to the principal schools of thought. In the same direction and working from the same sources, the encyclopaedia entry al-Fātiḥa (2013). Still in the same area but for a more general readership, a complete and partially annotated translation of the Koran (2010), essays on the angels (2012) and on the concept of “the chosen people” (2015), editing the Italian editions of the Dictionary of the Koran (2007) and of J. Van Ess’s Flowering of Muslim Theology (2008), and an essay on kalām (2005).

In a different but rather similar vein are a series of recent studies on religious ethics, part of an ongoing research project, particularly and thus far, on the obligatory nature of employment (2012), on gratitude or šukr (2012), redirection or tawba (2013), judiciousness or ḥilm, peace or salām, and mercy (all 2015); silence and speech etiquette (2016); tenderness or rifq, welcoming and hospitality, moderation or wasaṭiyya, and beauty as an Islamic value (all 2017). In these cases the enquiry is based on the canonical texts and the principal exegesis, on the religious adab literature, focusing on the classical period (e.g. Ibn Abī al-Dunyā), but also following it through to the modern and contemporary periods. From the same sources also the encyclopedia entry Gratitude and Ingratitude (2014).

Another direction of study takes in elements of convergence and divergence between Islamic, Christian and Jewish religious thinking as reflected in Arabic mediaeval literature. To this area belong studies on Job for the Guida dei Perplessi (1997), on “the Golden Rule” (2004), on the correspondence between Ibn al-Munağğim e Qusṭā ibn Lūqā (2004), on the ethical theory of Yaḥyā ibn ‘Adī in the Tahdhīb al- akhlāq (2009 and currently printing, in PCAC, Rome), and a number of general academic works on, for example, Christian elements in the formation of Arabic philosophical thought (2005).

A more recent line of interest focuses on some symptomatic figures, especially women, in cultural relations between the Islamic world and the West. To this line belong the studies on Mayy Ziyāda

(1886-1941) and Maria Nallino (1908-1974), both forthcoming.

Another strand concerns adab literature on jewels and precious stones; in this context an essay on the writings of al-Tifāšī (1999), and a general academic work on that author (1999).

Finally, on cultural and social changes relating to the present-day Muslim population of Italy (2006, 2010, 2017).

Editorial work and publications

Besides the above-mentioned publications, below are some of her most recent works:


[2019 forth.] Zilio Grandi I, L’affinamento dei caratteri di Yaḥyā ibn ‘Adī (363/974) , Bologna, PCAC, pp. 1-257.

Selected articles

[2018] Zilio Grandi I, La pazienza dell’Islam: la virtú detta ‘ṣabr’, in Studia Graeco-Arabica, vol. 8, pp. 105-118. 

[2018] Zilio Grandi I, Povertà e Islam, in Via Borgogna 3, vol. 9, pp. 105-117.

[2018] Zilio Grandi I, The virtue of Tolerance. Notes on the root s-m-h in the Islamic tradition, in Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. Special Issue (Reset DOC Seminars), pp. 1-10.

[2018] Zilio Grandi I, Maria Nallino (1908-1974) and the Birth of Arabic and Islamic studies at Ca’ Foscari,150 Years of Oriental Studies at Ca' Foscari, Venezia, ECF, pp. 85-93.

[2018] Zilio Grandi I, Fuga ed esilio di Mayy Ziyāda (Nazareth 1886 – Il Cairo 1941), Donne in fuga./ Mujeres en fuga. / Femmes en fuite. Atti del Convegno Venezia, Ca’ Foscari 29-30 novembre 2017, Venezia, ECF, pp. 59-74.

[2017] Zilio Grandi I, Dalla tenda di Abramo alle dimore dei credenti. La sacralità dell’ospite nella tradizione islamica, in Politica e Religione, vol. 2016, pp. 131-142.

[2017] Zilio Grandi I, Islamica moralia: appunti sulla gentilezza o rifq (Islamica moralia: notes on kindness or rifq), in Studi Magrebini, vol. II, pp. 649-663.

[2017] Zilio Grandi I, Modestia, pudicizia e riserbo: la virtù islamica detta haya, inPhilologia Hispalensis, vol. 31, pp. 169-183.

[2017] Zilio Grandi I, Medietà e facilitazione. Note a margine di alcune fonti arabe islamiche contemporanee (Some comments on the Golden Mean and Enabling from selected Arabic and Islamic contemporary sources) in Annali di Ca Foscari Serie Orientale, vol. 53, pp. 5-24.

[2017] Zilio Grandi I, Campanini M, Islam religione d'Occidente, Sesto San Giovanni: Mimesis, 2016 (Passato Prossimo). 153 p. in Quaderni di Studi Arabi, vol. 11, pp. 258-259 (ISSN 1121-2306) (Recensione in rivista).

[2017] Zilio Grandi I, Le virtù del musulmano, in L'Islam non è terrorismo, Bologna, Il Mulino, pp. 137-152 (Articolo su libro).

The full list can be consulted at the repertoire webpage.

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