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Francesca Astorri
Francesca Astorri

Francesca Astorri is an Italian journalist graduated in Political Science with a Master in International Relations having studied between Italy, Argentina and the United States. She worked as ANSA News Agency correspondent in the Middle East and for different media outlets in Europe and in the Gulf. She also worked as Assistant Professor at LUISS University (Rome, Italy) “International organizations and human rights” Master course, Political Science faculty, and as policy advisor for governmental institutions. She is now based in Rome, Italy.

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Francesca Astorri
Francesca Astorri

Francesca Astorri is an Italian journalist graduated in Political Science with a Master in International Relations having studied between Italy, Argentina and the United States. She worked as ANSA News Agency correspondent in the Middle East and for different media outlets in Europe and in the Gulf. She also worked as Assistant Professor at LUISS University (Rome, Italy) “International organizations and human rights” Master course, Political Science faculty, and as policy advisor for governmental institutions. She is now based in Rome, Italy.

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