Speakers 2020

Chiara Lovotti

Associate Research Felllow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy

Chiara Lovotti is an Associate Research Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Centre at ISPI. She previously was a Research Assistant at ISPI and a Research Assistant at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve. Chiara’s research interests include socio-political transformations in the Middle East, with a focus on Iraq and Syria, relations between Russia and Middle-Eastern countries, and Russian foreign policy towards the area. Chiara is also a PhD candidate at the faculty of History at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. Her academic research focuses on the impact of Soviet influence on state-building processes in the Arab Levant. She holds a Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages and International Relations from the Catholic University of Milan, a Master’s in Development Studies from the University of Louvain, Belgium, another Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies at the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations, Milan, and a has been a visiting student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Ahlan School of Arabic in Amman.