Silvia  Colombo Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Silvia Colombo

Senior Fellow and Head of Mediterranean and Middle East Programme
Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

I am an expert on Middle Eastern politics and currently work on Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, transatlantic relations in the Mediterranean, and domestic and regional politics in the Middle East and North Africa. Among my research interests there are also the relations between the European Union and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and energy dynamics in the Euro-Mediterranean region. I speak Arabic fluently and have travelled extensively in the MENA region.


Throughout my academic and professional career I have always focused on the Middle East and North Africa trying to develop my expertise in the field of comparative politics of the region, Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, democratization and conflict studies.

I also have a strong interest in regionalism within the region and have studied it from the bottom up and non-European perspective.

I hold a PhD in comparative politics from the Università Normale of Pisa (Florence branch) with a thesis on comparative institutional and political transition in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco between 2011 and 2014. I also got a Masters' Degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)-University of London in 2008.


    PhD Comparative Politics, Università Normale of Pisa, 2014
    MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, 2008

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Democratization in the MENA
    Comparative Politics of the MENA region
    Regionalism in the Arab world
    North Africa
    EU-GCC Relations
    Euro-Mediterranean Energy Dynamics
    Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in the MENA

Personal Interests

    Music and travels


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