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Arturo Varvelli is Senior Research Fellow and Head of Terrorism Program at ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) and Scientific Advisor of ITSTIME – Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies. He has extensively published (articles and volumes) on Italian-Libyan relations; Libyan domestic and foreign politics; Italian foreign policy in the Middle East and Mediterranean region; jihadist groups in North Africa. In 2006, he earned a PhD in International History at the University of Milan, where he worked as lecturer in History of International Relations. In 2007, he was post-doctoral fellow at CRT Foundation in Turin. He takes part to research projects commissioned by research office of the Italian Chamber of Representatives and Senate, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as European Parliament and Commission. In 2015 he was chosen by the US State Department to take part in the “International Visitor Leadership Program”.