Arturo Varvelli


Arturo Varvelli is ISPI Senior Research Fellow, Head of the North Africa Program and former head of Terrorism Program. 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.  He is lecturer of History and Institution of the Middle East at IULM University in Milan and Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) in Brussels. 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. He is regularly interviewed on issues of foreign affairs by national and international networks. In 2015 he was chosen by the US State Department to take part in the “International Visitor Leadership Program”.



Tel: +39 02 863313292 





  • Italian-Libyan relations

    Libyan domestic and foreign politics

    Italian foreign policy 

  • Jihadism in North Africa


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