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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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ANALYSIS: Is immigration taking Italy on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

If one had to judge the situation in Italy just by following political talk shows, politicians’ speeches and newspapers headlines, immigration ...

ANALYSIS: The ‘victim vs. criminal’ debate affecting African migrants in Italy

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Recent events in the Italian city of Macerata are dividing public opinion and politicians just less a month before national elections. Two dramatic ...

ANALYSIS: Stronger, stable Middle East states the most effective answer to ISIS

Thursday, 18 January 2018

ISIS weakness is now tangible. The terrorist group used to control an area as big as the United Kingdom. Now it has lost control even over its ...

10,000 foreign fighters returning to Europe: What can be done to stop them?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

When it comes to terrorism, five digits are scary. In the coming months, 10,000 foreign fighters will come back to Europe. This is what the Italian ...

Billion-euro Ottoman smuggling route to Europe still an operating business

Friday, 8 December 2017

It does sound anachronistic, but the routes of smuggling during the Ottoman period still persist today, as European Union’s law enforcement ...

Will the Hague convictions bring peace to the Balkans?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Over 20 years after the crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian war, two commanders were sentenced by the United Nations-backed ...

Making ‘a million dollars per day,’ welcome to ISIS’s oil smuggling empire

Monday, 30 October 2017

Oil smuggled from ISIS-held territories in Libya reaches Italy where it is refined and then resold into European energy markets for three times the ...

EXCLUSIVE: How extremists smuggled $1 billion in cigarettes to finance terror

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Smuggling cigarettes has become such a profitable business for extremist groups, so much that former Algerian military commander of al-Qaeda in ...

ANALYSIS: Is the West benefiting from chaos in the Arab world?

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Among many Arab and Western circles, there is a subtle conviction that Western countries and other major players are benefitting from the current ...

Arab League Secretary General says no to a Kurdish state

Friday, 6 October 2017

The Arab League has taken a clear position on the Kurdish call for independence. “Today the Kurds are calling for a State of their own… ...

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