Alessandro Orsini is the Director of the Observatory on International Security at Luiss University of Rome where he teaches Sociology of terrorism in the Department of Political Science; Research Affiliate at the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was Visiting Scholar at both the Department of Political Science and the Center for International Studies; Former Member of the Committee for the Study of Jihadism, set up by the Italian Government (2016-2017); Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Studies in Conflict and Terrorism;” Former Member Participant of the Radicalization Awareness Network which was set up by the European Commission as an EU-wide umbrella network of practitioners and local actors involved in countering violent radicalization (2012-2014); Former Director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (2013-2016). His book Anatomy of the Red Brigades (Cornell University Press, 2011) was a 2011 “Foreign Affairs” Best Book of the Year. He is also the author of Sacrifice. My Life in a Fascist Militia (Cornell University Press, 2017). An expert in making direct contact with violent extremists, Orsini gave lectures at Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Boston College, Brookings Institution, Trinity College, European University Institute in Florence, among others. He regularly appears on Rai Uno (Italian State Television) and is a columnist for the Italian Newspaper “il Messaggero.”
- “Radicalization Leading To Terrorism. What Everybody Should Know,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, (forthcoming).
- “Are Terrorists Courageous? Micro-Sociology of Extreme Left Terrorism,” in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 3/2015, pp.179-198.
- “A Day Among The Diehard Terrorists. The Psychological Costs of Doing Ethnographic Research,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 4 (2013) pp. 337-351.
- “Interview With a Terrorist by Vocation. A Day Among the Diehard Terrorists Part II,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 8 (2013) pp. 672-684.
- “Poverty, Ideology and Terrorism: the STAM Bond,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 10 (2012), pp. 665-692.
- “L’attentat de Paris et le renseignement,” Commentaire, Janvier-Mars, 2015.
- Idéologie et terrorisme: le Lien STAM, in “Commentaire”, Janvier-Mars, 2016.
- La radicalisation des terroristes de vocation, in “Commentaire”, Hiver, 2016-2017.
Sofia Cecinini is the coordinator of the LUISS Observatory on International Security. She is also a Teaching assistant in Sociology of Terrorism at the Political Science Department of LUISS. She is the author of: “Le Sanguinarie, storie di donne e di terrore” (LUISS University Press 2018); La guerra civile in Libia e il ruolo dell’Italia (2011-2019) in “Nuova Storia Contemporanea” (May-August 2019); “Il terrorismo in Nord Africa”, in Il terrorismo in Africa, edited by Alessandro Orsini (Luiss University Press 2019). She is working on her second book about the Libyan civil war for Carocci Editore. She graduated with a Master’s degree in International Relations at LUISS (110/110), where she also obtained a Second level Master in Economics and Institutions of Islamic Countries (MISLAM) with 110/110. Her Bachelor’s thesis is on the Islamic terrorism in Chechnya and her Master’s thesis is on the Islamic State. She worked as an intern for the Embassy of the United States in Rome and for the Italian think tank “Istituto Affari Internazionali” (IAI), in the security and defense area. She participated in the London King’s College Summer School “Secrets and Spies – Modern Espionage and Intelligence”. She is an author for Sicurezza Internazionale.
Italo Cosentino is a freelance conference interpreter and translator working with Spanish, French and Russian. He is currently living in both Italy and Spain, where he is obtaining a Ph.D. at the Cadiz University. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Languages for Interpreting and Translation at the LUSPIO University in Rome. He then graduated, cum laude, with a Master’s degree in Interpreting and Translation at the same University, with a thesis on the Sovietisms in the Italian and Spanish languages, published by the Russian Institute of Science and Culture. He cofounded the Arcotrad Agency, offering translation, interpreting and international communication services. He enrolled in a specialization course at the Moscow’s State Linguistic University (MGLU). He is an author for the daily news website Sicurezza Internazionale.
Maria Grazia Rutigliano graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s at the University of Florence, with a thesis on the History of Modern Middle East. She then graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree in International Relations at LUISS, with a thesis on the protection of the Palestinian children in Israeli prisons. During her studies, she repeatedly lived abroad, for both studying and researching purposes. She studied for a semester at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris, for a term at the Al-Quds University, in the West Bank, and for another one at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie in Rabat, Morocco. She also participated in a summer school of the Italian Ministry of Defense, with a study trip in Kosovo, at the NATO Multinational Battle Group West. She studied Arabic at the Hussein College of Jerusalem, where she collaborated with the Laylac Organization, working on youth protection. She is an author for Sicurezza Internazionale.
Chiara Gentili graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree at LUISS, with a thesis on terrorism in Morocco, where, she worked as an intern for the Italian Embassy in Rabat, from September to December 2018. Previously, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s at LUISS, with a thesis on the relationship between the Red Brigades and the other Italian extreme left terrorist organizations during the so-called “Years of Lead”. In October 2014, she participated in the Model United Nations in New York, where she roleplayed as a delegate for the Human Rights Committee. From September 2017 to February 2018 she has been an exchange student in Netherlands, at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. She participated in a Centro Astalli project on refugees. She currently is an author for Sicurezza Internazionale.
Jasmine Ceremigna graduated cum laude at LUISS with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, with a thesis on NATO – Russia relations in the peacekeeping operations that involved on-field researches. She participated in a Summer School of the Italian Ministry of Defense, with a study trip in Kosovo, at the NATO Multinational Battle Group West. She studied in Russia for a year, at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the University run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. While in Moscow, she worked for the PIR Center, a think tank on international security. From May to October 2014, she interned for the Department of Justice of the Embassy of the United States in Rome. In 2011, she participated in the Lehigh University summer school “Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship”, in the United States. In October 2015, she participated in the specialization course of the Carabinieri National School on “International Humanitarian Law and Modern Warfare”. From November 2017 to May 2019 she worked at FPA – Forum PA srl, a company specialized in public-private partnership. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian. She is an author for Sicurezza Internazionale.
Piera Laurenza is a conference interpreter and translator working with Arabic, English and French. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, with a thesis in applied linguistic, on learner corpora. She then graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Interpreting and Translation at the Rome International Studies University (UNINT), with a thesis on the marine engineering terminology in the Arabic, English and Italian languages. During her studies, she completed several internships, one of which at the Italian Ministry of Education, and she worked as an English Teacher for pre-school age children. From January to April 2019, she enrolled in a specialization course on the Arabic Language at the Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies in Rabat, Morocco, where she also worked as a translation and communication assistant. She is an author for Sicurezza Internazionale.
Camilla Canestri is a freelance conference interpreter and translator from and into Chinese and English. She graduated in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation at the Università per Stranieri di Siena, with a thesis in Chinese History, on the impact of modernity on the environmental conscience in China. She then graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Languages for Interpreting and Translation at UNINT, with a thesis in Chinese Linguistics on History, trade and words of wine in China. During her Bachelor’s, she enrolled for a semester at the KU Leuven University, in Brussels, with the Erasmus project, and, during her Master’s, she spent a semester at the Beijing Information Science and Technology University. She is an author for Sicurezza Internazionale.
Valeria Rosato graduated with a PhD at the Political Science Department of the Roma Tre University, where she is adjunct professor in Theories of conflicts and peace processes. She previously graduated in Sociology at La Sapienza University in Rome. She participated in on-field research projects in conflict areas such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Lebanon and Columbia. She is the author of the book “Conflitti camaleontici. Il conflitto colombiano tra XX e XXI secolo”, published by Franco Angeli in 2010. Her last article appeared in an international journal is “Hybrid Orders between Terrorism and Organized Crime. The Case of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (African Security, vol. 9. Issue 2). Her researches on Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have appeared on the Italian government website. She is an author for Sicurezza Internazionale.
Tehseen Nisar, native speaker of Urdu, graduated with a PhD at LUISS Guido Carli and with a Master’s degree at the Karachi University. Her researches have been presented in international conferences in Morocco, Pakistan, Denmark, and Italy. She is the author of the book “The Post- Colonial Society in Pakistan: Re-conceptualizing the Debate on the Politics of the Governed”, published by Scholars Press in 2015. She is a Teaching Assistant in Sociology of Terrorism at LUISS. She repeatedly collaborated with Pakistani media.