Gaia Taffoni was a research trainee at ISPI and a PhD. student in Political Studies at the University of Milan, NASP. She holds a BA in International Studies at University of Bologna and an MA in International Relations, European Institutions curriculum, at the University of Bologna. Her research interests focus on the European external action, European foreign policy toward the MENA region and democratisation processes. She is currently working on a research project that analyses the European democratisation model promoted in Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan. She is also editing the 2017 edition of ISPI/Treccani’s Atlante Geopolitico.