Matteo Colombo is ISPI Associate Research Fellow in the MENA Programme and Ph.D. Candidate in Political Studies at University of Milan (NASP) with a thesis on the issue of Social Media and Sectarianism in the Arab World. He holds a bachelor degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan, a Master in International Relations from Oxford Brookes and a Master in Middle East Politics from SOAS, University of London. He also holds a Master Degree in journalism at IULM University in Milan.
He is a professional journalist. His articles have appeared in Corriere della Sera, Panorama.it and Rivista Studio. Before joining ISPI he worked as correspondent from Cairo for TgCom24 during the post-revolutionary transition in Egypt. During this period, he studied modern standard Arabic.
His main interests are in social dynamics, political change, jihadism, Sectarian discourse in the Middle East and the Italian Foreign Policy in the area.