Arturo Varvelli is Senior Research Fellow at ISPI and Co-Head of ISPI’s Middle East and North Africa Centre, in charge of North Africa Studies. He is also a lecturer of History and Institutions of the Middle East at IULM University in Milan and Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) in Brussels. He has served on research projects commissioned by the research office of the Italian Chamber of Representatives and Senate, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as by European Parliament and Commission. In 2015, he was chosen by the US State Department to take part in the “International Visitor Leadership Programme”. Arturo Varvelli is also regularly interviewed on foreign affairs issues by domestic as well as international media.