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”.
Mattia Toaldo - 02 October 2014
A critique of Libya's "war on terror" and its inevitable complications.
08th August, 2014
As the situation in Libya continues to deteriorate, Mattia Toalda explains what's happening, how Libya could become a failed state on Europe's southern border, and what can be done to prevent things getting far worse.
Mattia Toaldo - 06 August 2014
This Q&A is based on a discussion between the author and over 400 experts and interested stakeholders in the Reuter Thompson Global Oil Forum
Recent terror attacks in Berlin, Baghdad and Istanbul demonstrate that defeating ISIS militarily is only half the battle.
by Mattia Toaldo - 13th May, 2016
The unity government offers the best chance of stabilising Libya, stemming refugee flows and pushing back ISIS, and Europe should focus on strengthening it.
by Mattia Toaldo - 10th November, 2015
How the lessons of Libya can help European policymakers respond to the wider migration crisis
Podcast du Black Coffee Morning "Quelle stratégie pour l’après-Daech en Irak et en Libye ?" du 10/02, animé par Florence Gaub, Analyste senior à l'Institut des Etudes de Sécurité de l'Union européenne (EUISS), Mattia Toaldo, Senior Policy Fellow à l’ECFR, et Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de Paris de l’ECFR.Listen online
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses with ECFR's Research Director Jeremy Shapiro and ECFR Policy Fellows Anthony Dworkin & Mattia Toaldo how the EU should respond to Trump's decision to restrict access to citizens from 7 predominantly Muslim countries.
The podcast was recorded on 31 January 2017.
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Even while conducting terrorist attacks in Berlin, Istanbul and Baghdad recently, Isis has suffered severe setbacks with the elimination of its territorial presence in Libya and the offensive in Mosul. But without a clear political strategy to guide post-ISIS efforts, both countries could again become breeding grounds for conflict and extremism, exacerbating European security and migration challenges. In light also of the new Trump administration, European states must step up their own efforts. The panellists outlined a series of recommendations for Iraq and Libya and some lessons learned for Syria.
This discussion marked the launch of the publication "After ISIS: How to Win the Peace in Iraq and Libya", available here.Listen online
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR policy fellows Ellie Geranmayeh, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Mattia Toaldo, about the recent talks in Vienna where foreign minister met up to discuss Libya and the growing threat of ISIS in the country, and new developments in Syria. The podcast was recorded on 23 May 2016.
In the light of what we know by Zia Haidar Rahman
Trilogy by Elena Ferrante
Dateline Baghdad by Luke Baker
Forces for good by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant
Five films that will help you understand the modern Arab world by Shohini Chaudhuri
Intervening better: Europe’s second chance in Libya by Mattia Toaldo
The seventh sense: Power, fortune and survival in the age of networks by Joshua Cooper RamoListen online
After more than a year of efforts, some Libyan factions have signed a UN-backed political agreement. The newly created Government of National Accord, which moved to Tripoli on 30 March, will face enormous challenges on several fronts: the stabilisation of the country, the reconciliation between different factions and the humanitarian crisis. Is a long term solution to Libya’s civil war in sight? Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee in the House of Commons, and Mattia Toaldo, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow in the Middle East and North Africa programme, discuss.Listen online
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR Visiting Fellow Asli Aydintasbas, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow Mattia Toaldo, and ECFR Board Member and German politician Norbert Röttgen, about the EU-Turkey ‘one-in one-out’ deal over the Syrian refugee crisis.
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BCM du mercredi 17 février portant sur le rôle pour l'Europe dans le règlement de la crise poliique libyenne. Avec Mattia Toaldo, Policy Fellow à l'ECFR et Florence Gaub, Senior Analyst à l'Institut des études de sécurité de l'UE (EUISS).Listen online
Mattia Toaldo, ECFR Policy Fellow, Adam Baron, Visiting Fellow at ECFR, Iona Craig, a British-Irish freelance journalist, and Nawal al-Maghafi, award-winning Yemeni-British journalist and filmmaker, discuss the potential trajectories of the crisis.Listen online