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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.

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

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Rome, Italy: The war against terror has been a past political and strategic construct that has at ...

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

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

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The question “Who is Elena Ferrante?” is what publishing houses, readers and book lovers ...

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

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

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

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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

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Recent events in the Italian city of Macerata are dividing public opinion and politicians just less ...

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

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ISIS weakness is now tangible. The terrorist group used to control an area as big as the United ...

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

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When it comes to terrorism, five digits are scary. In the coming months, 10,000 foreign fighters ...

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It does sound anachronistic, but the routes of smuggling during the Ottoman period still persist ...

Will the Hague convictions bring peace to the Balkans?

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Over 20 years after the crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian war, two commanders ...

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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 ...

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

Saturday, 07 October 2017

Among many Arab and Western circles, there is a subtle conviction that Western countries and other ...

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