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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. She is currently serving as an off-site Junior Researcher for The Alpha Institute of Geopolitics and Intelligence, an independent Rome-based research institute.

Elisa Sguaitamatti- Balkanalysis Editors and ContributersHer research interests include Middle Eastern affairs (mainly regarding Iran and Iraq) and the history of contemporary Africa (with a focus on Sub-Saharan African countries, like South Africa and Angola). She also covers a variety of foreign, defence, security and counterterrorism policy issues concerning the Euro/Mediterranean region, such as migration.

Elisa received her Master’s Degree with honours in Foreign Languages and 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 holds a Bachelor’s degree from the same university, where she graduated with honours as a linguistic expert in International Relations; her Geopolitics thesis there was “The Iranian perspective in post-Soviet Central Asia: the Caspian Sea Case.”

Elisa also completed some online post-graduate courses to further deepen her cultural knowledge in some of her fields of specialisation. The first, offered by Universiteit Leiden, concerned Safety and Security Challenges in a Globalized World. The second course, from the United States Institute of Peace, concerned Strategic Peacebuilding and Mediating Violent Conflict. A third course Elisa undertook was with the University of Cape Town, and about Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries.

In addition to contributions for, Elisa writes analytical reports, research papers and in-depth articles for other Italian geopolitics websites and think tanks such as Centro Studi Internazionali (Ce.S.I), Notizie Geopolitiche, Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale and Geopolitical Review.

Besides her native Italian, Elisa is fluent and 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

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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