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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.

‘Terrorist’ as job title: The professionalization of ISIS

ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once controlled. It has lost its operational basis and its Utopia too. But there are still few thousands well-trained ISIS fighters that are now looking...

ANALYSIS: Italy and four warning signs of a democratic breakdown

With populism on the rise in Italy, the fine line between democracy and the dictatorship of the majority is getting blurry. Authoritarian measures are applauded while intolerance towards migrants and...

Q&A with Alessandro Politi: How much have counterterrorism efforts accomplished?

Rome, Italy: The war against terror has been a past political and strategic construct that has at the same time reduced the forces under the banner of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, but also complicated the...

Terror in Central Asia: Is ISIS safe haven moving from Syria to Afghanistan?

There are nearly 3,000 Central Asian militants that have been trained to fight in Syria and Iraq, according to the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research. These militants...

Who is Italy’s Elena Ferrante? And are we sure we want to know?

The question “Who is Elena Ferrante?” is what publishing houses, readers and book lovers are obsessed with recently. There is a mystery around the identity of the author of the Neapolitan...

How chaos in Libya is turning Italy’s fault line into a frontline

Immigration policies in Europe will face new challenges now that the state of emergency has been declared in Libya. In this crisis Italy is on a fault line that is now turning into a front line. Italy...

Is Italy’s exit from the European Union a possibility?

Almost three months after the national elections, Italy still has no government, nor a Minister of Foreign Affairs, but many are already voicing fears of Italy’s exit from the European Union - a...

Is Sub-Saharan Africa ready for business?

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy has been booming over the last 20 years, jumping from $300 billion to $1.6 trillion in 2017 and it is expected to surpass $2 trillion over the next two years,...