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Elisa Sguaitamatti

Elisa Sguaitamatti is an Italian analyst and specialist on current geopolitical dynamics and security issues involving the Balkans, and with expertise in the Middle East and Africa.

Her research interests include Geopolitics, the contemporary history of the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as sub-Saharan Africa, mainly focusing on South Africa, Mozambique and Angola. She also covers a variety of foreign, defense and security issues concerning the Euro/Mediterranean region, such as migration and terrorism.

Elisa received her Master’s Degree with honors in Foreign Languages applied to International Relations from Milan’s Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where she delivered a speech on “The African perspective of the Resource Curse in post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa. The Case of Angola.” Elisa also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the same university, where she graduated with honors as a Linguistic Expert in International Relations; her Geopolitics thesis there was “The Iranian perspective in post-Soviet Central Asia: the Caspian Sea Case.”

Recently, Elisa also completed an English-taught Summer School program to further deepen her cultural knowledge in some of her fields of specialization. The program “Managing International Relations” was offered by ASERI (Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations), and dealt with different methodologies of analysis in international relations, open source intelligence, major geopolitical issues (such as the Syrian conflict, the Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry for the hegemony in the Middle East, Brexit, etc.) and international negotiation processes.

In addition to contributions for, Elisa writes analytical reports, research papers and in-depth articles for other Italian think tanks such as Centro Studi Internazionali (Ce.S.I), Notizie Geopolitiche and The Alpha Institute for Geopolitics and Intelligence.

Elisa is currently serving as International Admissions Officer at the International University of Languages and Media (IULM) in Milan. Besides her native Italian, Elisa has an advanced level of English and Spanish as well as a basic knowledge of Portuguese.

All previous Articles, Interviews and Briefings by Elisa Sguaitamatti

NATO’s New Strategic Direction South Hub in Naples: Strategy and Balkan Activities (January 8, 2018)

Between Eidomeni and the Brenner Pass, Part 2: More Details on Italian Activists and Anarchists in spring 2016 (April 10, 2017)

Between Eidomeni and the Brenner Pass: Italian Activists and Anarchists in spring 2016 (March 11, 2017)

New Information Surfaces on Killed Terrorist Anis Amri, as Italian Investigation Continues (December 23, 2016)

EU External Border Management and the Current Situation in Italy and Greece: an Overview (November 19, 2016)

Italian Migration Security Update: Anarchist Plots, Weapons Smuggling and a Controversial Extradition (May 12, 2016)

With Closure of Balkan Route, Italy Focuses on Potential for a Renewed Adriatic Migrant Route (March 21, 2016)

Italy Takes the Lead in a European Anti-terrorism Operation (November 18, 2015)

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