Languages: English, Italian, Arabic, French
Areas of Expertise: North Africa, Tunisia, Jihadism, Migrations, Kurdish issue
Stefano M. Torelli joined ECFR in September 2017 as a Visiting Research Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme, for which he covers the issue of migration through the Mediterranean corridor. His research topics include International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (with an expertise on Tunisia), Jihadist movements and the Kurdish question. He occasionally is also a political analyst for the consultancy Oxford Analytica and for the Italian Parliament and is Associate Research Fellow at the Italian think tank ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies).
Stefano has appeared on Italian and international media, such as Newsweek, El Paìs, Hürriyet, RSI, RAI, Sky, LA7, as an expert of Islamic and Middle Eastern issues. As a scholar, Stefano published several articles and book chapters on international academic reviews, such as The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Policy, Insight Turkey, The Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor, Open Democracy and Jadaliyya. Stefano’s work has been focused on the Tunisian transition and its security aspects and on the emergence of radical Islamism in Tunisia and North Africa. He earned his PhD in History of International Relations from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2013.
Stefano M. Torelli - 11 October 2017
The facts provide a compelling counter-narrative to wild claims of an 'invasion' of migrants. But Rome has taken the easier route and bowed to public pressure to restrict migration.