Experts & Staff

Mattia Toaldo

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, French, Italian
Areas of Expertise: Libya, Middle East Peace process, Israeli and Palestinian politics, Migrations, EU policy in the southern Mediterranean

Mattia is a policy fellow for ECFR's Middle East & North Africa programme where he focuses on Libya, Israel/Palestine and migration issues. His op-eds have been published by The New York Times, Foreign Policy, El Pais, El Mundo, The Hill, Middle East Eye, L’Espresso, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Deutsche Welle, East, Politica Exterior. He has been interviewed or quoted also by Al Jazeera, The Economist, Reuters, BBC World, Sky News, Rainews 24, France 24, Radio France Inter, France Culture, L’Express.

Mattia is a member of the Council of the Society for Libyan Studies and of the scientific board of Limes, the Italian review of Geopolitics.

Mattia has been at ECFR since 2013. From 2011-2013, he was a stipendiary fellow at the Institute for the Americas in London and a postdoctoral fellow for the British School in Rome and the Society for Libyan Studies, where his work focused on Western reactions to the Arab uprisings. Mattia has researched and written on the Middle East Peace Process and on Libya since 2004. In 2013, he published a biography of Benjamin Netanyahu for  Limes. Since 2003, he has worked as a consultant both on foreign policy and domestic issues for several Italian policymakers.

Mattia earned his Ph.D. in History of International Relations at Roma Tre University in 2008, and in 2012, Routledge published his book, “The Origins of the US War on Terror”.

Latest from Mattia Toaldo

  • Al Jazeera

    18th July, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo discusses Italy's maneuvring of the refugee crisis, and emergency measures it might take.

    Middle East Eye

    16th July, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo discussed recent violent clashes in Libya, and possible end scenarios.


    06th July, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo quoted in "L'Express" about the debate around ONG's actions in the migration crisis in the Mediteranean see.


    05th July, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo quoted in "Liberation" about the polemic around NGO's rescue boats presence in the Mediteranean Sea. 


    05th July, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo's publication "Don’t close borders, manage them: how to improve EU policy on migration through Libya" is quoted in the context of the migration influx coming to the EU through Libya. 


    04th July, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is interviewed on Italy's threat to close its ports to NGO vessels carrying refugees.

    Tygodnik Przegląd

    03rd July, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo's "Don’t close borders, manage them: how to improve EU policy on migration through Libya" is quoted in the context of Italy's efforts to control its migration influx.


    28th June, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is quoted on the questionable legality of Italy's threat to block migrant-carrying vessels from entering Italian ports.

    The Guardian

    28th June, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is quoted on Italy's threat to block NGO vessels carrying migrants from entering Italian harbors.

    Le Monde

    21st June, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is quoted by "Le Monde" regarding the nomination of Ghassan Salamé as special envoy for the UN in Libya.


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