IAI

The Istituto Affari Internazionali, founded in 1965 by Altiero Spinelli as a non-profit organisation, is Italy’s major international affairs research centre, as well as being the Italian research institute with the most developed international network capabilities. The Institute’s mission is to promote the understanding of international relations through inter-disciplinary and policy-oriented research and meetings. Its main areas of interest are: Italian foreign policy, European integration and external relations, transatlantic relations, the Mediterranean and Middle East, international security and international political economy. IAI participates in or coordinates numerous research projects, several of which have been financed by the Commission (MICROCON, EU4SEAS, MERCURY, MEDPRO, CORE, EU-US, TRNSWORLD, POWER2YOUTH). IAI regularly organises dissemination events, including conferences, workshops and guest lectures, and disseminates research results through regular publication outlets including its peer-reviewed English-language journal (The International Spectator, Routledge), its on-line magazine (AffarInternazionali.it), its yearbook (L’Italia e la Politica Internazionale, il Mulino), its monographs (IAI Quaderni) and its working paper series (DocIAI). IAI’s research activities are supported by the library containing over 24,000 volumes/periodicals, with approximately 1,000 new acquisitions per year catalogued on-line.

The Research Team

Daniela Huber
Daniela Huber
Daniela Huber is senior fellow at the IAI in the Mediterranean and Middle East programme and Gerda Henkel Guest Researcher at LUISS University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the Free University of Berlin. Her research interests include EU and US foreign policies in the Middle East, the regional and international dimension of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and contemporary politics in the Middle East. She has worked for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tel Aviv and Berlin and as a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the United Nations in Copenhagen.
Maria Cristina Paciello
Maria Cristina Paciello
Maria Cristina Paciello is senior fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme of the International Affairs Institute (IAI) and adjunct professor at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice (Political Economy of Islamic Countries and Economic Policies of Arab countries). As a political economist with knowledge of Arabic, she has conducted extensive research on the Middle East and North Africa for several international institutions. She received her MSc in Development Studies from SOAS in London and her PhD in Political Economy of Developing Countries from the University of Florence. Her recent publications have focused on analysis of socio-economic policies in the post 2011 uprising phase in Egypt and Tunisia.
Nicolò Sartori
Nicolò Sartori
Nicolò Sartori is Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Energy Programme at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). His research focuses on the external dimension of Italy’s and EU’s energy policies – with specific attention to Turkey and the Caspian basin region, the Mediterranean, and Russia, and on the governance of the energy policies in the EU framework. He is Professional Fellow at the World Energy Council (WEC) Italy, and editor of the column “Centers of Gravity” in the international review Oil Magazine. He served as faculty advisor at the NATO Defense College in Rome, where he also conducted research on NATO’s role as energy security provider in the Caspian region. He holds a BA in International and Diplomatic Studies from the School Roberto Ruffilli in Forlì and an MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna. Nicolò is guest lecturer on “The Development of the Southern Gas Corridor” at the Science Po’s Master in International Energy, and lecturer at the SAFE Master in Management of Energy Resources on the topic “Geopolitics and energy markets”. He’s one of the Editors of the book “The Future of Natural Gas. Markets and Geopolitics” published by Lenthe/European Energy Review in 2016.
Silvia Colombo
Silvia Colombo
Silvia Colombo is Senior Research Fellow in the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme at the International Affairs Institute (IAI) in Rome. An expert on Middle Eastern politics, she works on Euro-Mediterranean relations, and domestic and regional dynamics in the Arab World. Among her research interests there are also the relations between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and energy dynamics in the Euro-Mediterranean region. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Florence Branch) and a Master’s Degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. She completed a traineeship at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London where she worked mainly on Syria and Iraq and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre between October and December 2013. She speaks Arabic fluently and has travelled extensively in the Middle Eastern region.
Lorenzo Kamel
Lorenzo Kamel
Lorenzo Kamel is senior fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and a 4-years research fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), where, under the sponsorship of Sara Roy and Roger Owen, is completing a research project on ISIS’s historical roots. He is also affiliated with the History Department of Bologna University, where he lectures on the history of the modern Middle East. He held seminars and courses in Italian and international universities and spent extensive periods as a visiting fellow at Birzeit U. (Ramallah), ‘Ain Shams U. (Cairo), the Hebrew U. (Jerusalem) and Bilkent U. (Ankara). He published 6 books – including Imperial Perceptions of Palestine: British Influence and Power in Late Ottoman Times (I.B. Tauris 2015) and Arab Spring and Peripheries. A Decentring Research Agenda (Routledge 2016) – and over thirty academic articles on journals such as the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Peace and Change, Eurasian Studies, New Middle Eastern Studies, Passato e Presente, Oriente Moderno, Mediterranean Politics, The International Spectator. He was awarded with the Marie Curie Experienced Researcher fellowship by the European Commission at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), and the 2010 International “Giuseppe Sciacca” Award. He earned a two-years MA in Israeli Society and Politics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in History at Bologna University.