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Matteo Albertini

Matteo Albertini is a Milan-based correspondent, covering the Western Balkans and its relations with Italy. His varied research interests run from sociology, anthropology and semiotics to international relations, ethnicity and organized crime. Along with Director Chris Deliso, he is also co-author of the important new study, The Vatican’s Challenges in the Balkans: Bolstering the Catholic Church in 2015 and Beyond.

Matteo Albertini2- Balkanalysis Editors and ContributorsMatteo’s specializations include the semiotics of nationalism in the former Yugoslavia, politics, religion and security in post-independence Kosovo, trans-Adriatic economic relations, and organized crime trends affecting Italy and the Balkans. He has spent extended periods of time in the Balkans, including six months in Serbia in 2010 and extended periods cooperating with Italian NGOs in Kosovo.

At present, Matteo lectures on Semiotics, Politics and Culture at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, where he recently supervised thesis research on Italian-Libyan relations. Aside from writing for, Matteo has contributed to various academic publications in his native Italy, including a series for PECOB (Portal on Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe, in Bologna), Inchiesta Magazine (Bari), and Versus Magazine (Milan). He has presented his research at congresses of the International Association for Semiotic Studies and the Global Studies Association.

Along with his native Italian, Matteo is fluent in English, and also knows intermediate French and basic Serbo-Croatian. He holds a Ph.D in Semiotics from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (2011), as well as an MA in Semiotics (2007) and a BA in Communication Sciences (2003) from the same university.

Status: Matteo Albertini is currently available for speaking engagements and event participation.

All previous Articles, Interviews and Briefings by Matteo Albertini

Italian Security in the MENA and Balkans, Part 7: Montenegro (September 25, 2016)

Italian Security in the MENA and Balkans, Part 6: Relations with Serbia (September 24, 2016)

Italian Security in the MENA and Balkans, Part 5: Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (September 4, 2016)

Italian Security in the MENA and Balkans, Part 4: Albania and Kosovo (July 29, 2016)

Italian Security in the MENA and Balkans, Part 3: Misadventures in Macedonia (July 23, 2016)

Italian Security in the MENA and Balkans, Part 2: Intelligence Structures and Capacities (July 18, 2016)

Italian Security in the MENA and Balkans, Part 1: Military and Energy Aspects (July 4, 2016)

The Adriatic Chessboard: Migration Policies and Regional Security (February 22, 2016)

Italy and Kosovo Intensify Actions against another ISIS-linked Group (December 6, 2015)

Italy Targets Kosovo-linked ISIS Network- But Laws Lag behind the Online Jihad Era (November 23, 2015) Special Report: The ISIS Expansion in Libya and Threats to the Mediterranean and North Africa (March 9, 2015)

Pope Francis To Visit Albania, with Future Vatican Balkan Events in Preparation (August 30, 2014)

Serbia’s Upcoming Elections: Candidates, Platforms and Implications (April 30, 2012)

Italy’s New Government and the Western Balkans (November 25, 2011)

Italian Investment in the Balkans: High-Profile Deals in the Financial, Automotive, Distribution and Energy Sectors (October 25, 2011)

The Adriatic Connection: Mafia Links from Italy to the Western Balkans (June 1, 2011)

The Vatican’s Growing Prominence in Kosovo (April 14, 2011)

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