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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

  • 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.

    France Culture

    20th June, 2017

    Interview of Mattia Toaldo in "France Culture" regarding the opening of legal channels for migration through Libya.


    12th June, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is quoted on the rumour of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's liberation.

    Al Jazeera

    01st June, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is rejecting the claim that NGOs collude with smugglers in the Mediterranean.


    31st May, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo quoted in "Libération" regarding refugees arriving in Europe.


    27th May, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is quoted by the AFP on renewed fighting in Tripoli.


    25th May, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is quoted on the possibility of the Manchester attacker having received training in Libyan IS camps.

    Le Monde

    23rd May, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo quoted in "Le Monde" regarding the opening of new refugee centres in Africa

    Spiegel Online

    23rd May, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo quoted in Spiegel Online about Libya's role in the refugee crisis.


    23rd May, 2017

    Mattia Toaldo is quoted on the legal situation of irregular migrants in Libya, and how it could be reformed.


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