Experts & Staff

Stefano M. Torelli

ECFR Alumni · Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

North Africa, Tunisia, Jihadism, Migrations, Kurdish issue


English, Italian, Arabic, French


Stefano M. Torelli joined ECFR in September 2017 as a Visiting Research Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme, for which he covers the issue of migration through the Mediterranean corridor. His research topics include International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (with an expertise on Tunisia), Jihadist movements and the Kurdish question. He occasionally is also a political analyst for the consultancy Oxford Analytica and for the Italian Parliament and is Associate Research Fellow at the Italian think tank ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies).

Stefano has appeared on Italian and international media, such as Newsweek, El Paìs, Hürriyet, RSI, RAI, Sky, LA7, as an expert of Islamic and Middle Eastern issues. As a scholar, Stefano published several articles and book chapters on international academic reviews, such as The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Policy, Insight Turkey, The Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor, Open Democracy and Jadaliyya. Stefano’s work has been focused on the Tunisian transition and its security aspects and on the emergence of radical Islamism in Tunisia and North Africa. He earned his PhD in History of International Relations from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2013.



In the media

Stefano M. Torelli is quoted on the state of migration in Italy with the arrival of the new government.

Stefano Torelli on migration from Tunisia to Italy

Stefano Torelli on migration flows to Italy in the new La Mappa della Crisi

Stefano Torelli is quoted on the battle of attrition that Italy waged against NGOs in the Mediterranean.

Stefano M. Torelli is quoted on the migration in the Mediterranean and the EU policies.