Peter Ryan is full Professor of Applied Security at the University of Luxembourg since Feb 2009. Since joining the University of Luxembourg he has grown the APSIA (Applied Security and Information Assurance) group that is now more than 25 strong. He has around 25 years of experience in cryptography, information assurance and formal verification. He pioneered the application of process calculi to modelling and analysis of secure systems, in particular presenting the first process algebraic characterization of non-interference taking account of non-determinism (CSFW 1990).
Nicolò Rossetto is a PhD. student in Law and Economics at the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS) in Pavia (Italy). His main research field is energy markets and their regulation, with a special emphasis on electricity and distributed generation. He also has a vested interest in European energy policy since he wrote his master's thesis about policy developments occurred under Prodi’s and Barroso’s terms in office (2010). At the moment, he is a teaching assistant of microeconomics and energy economics at the University of Pavia.
Fabio Petito is Senior Associate Research Fellow in ISPI and Head of the "Religions and International Relations" Programme promoted by ISPI and the Freedom of Religion or Belief & Foreign Policy Initiative (FoRB&FPI), University of Sussex - UK. He is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. He has taught at SOAS in London, the ESCP-EAP in Paris and at ‘L’Orientale’ in Naples.
Researcher at the Department of Asian and North African Studies of Venice “Ca' Foscari” University, Carlo Frappi is Associate Research Fellow for the Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Centre at ISPI. Frappi, who holds a Ph.D. in European History, is also Adjunct Professor in Regional Studies at Catholic University of Milan and, since 2013, is a Member of the Board of Directors at the "Association for the Italian Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus" (ASIAC).
Laureate of the MIT Elevate Prize 2020 for Global change-makers, Fadi Daou, born in Lebanon, is co-founder of Adyan Foundation, senior policy advisor and professor. He holds a PhD in theology and an MA in political philosophy, accompanied by an extensive research activity about pluralism, citizenship, and geopolitics of religions, published in French, Arabic, English and German. His academic work nourishes his entrepreneurial and policymaking engagement, leading policy dialogues and reforms in the MENA region and beyond.
Some of Iraq’s most powerful Iran-backed paramilitary groups running the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have shown strong interest over the course of 2020 and 2021 in re-modulating their relationship with Iran as more autonomous actors.
When it comes to Iran, the European approach has always been characterized by a degree of pragmatism. Contrary to the US policy of isolation and containment, the European Union has been advocating for engagement since the beginning of Iran’s reconstruction era in 1989. Even with ups and downs, the EU has tried to maintain dialogue, either in the form of “critical dialogue” or “comprehensive dialogue”.
With about two weeks to go before Iran's presidential election, many observers believe that the outcome is already evident. Of the seven qualified candidates running in the election, five belong to the hardline or conservative camps opposed to incumbent President Hassan Rouhani.
The coming Iranian June 18th presidential election that is expected to herald a conservative victory will have implications not only for Iranian domestic politics and internal consolidation but also for the Saudi Iranian rivalry that has played out in the wider Middle East. Recent revelations about clandestine security-led Saudi-Iranian meetings orchestrated and held in Baghdad, point to a tactical recalibration away from the period of heightened regional tensions and acrimony experienced under the turbulent Trump years.