MENASource Feb 4, 2020
Absence at Berlin conference highlights Tunisia’s difficult challenges
By Alessia Melcangi
So-called marginalization at the Libya Peace Summit in Berlin aroused strong feelings of resentment among Tunisians, exacerbating the country’s already difficult economic, social, and political challenges.
ReportAug 3, 2023
Libya: Back to the future?
By Karim Mezran and Alessia Melcangi
The current Libyan situation is complex, influenced by numerous factors, including the conditions of the 2011 revolution. The misconception of it being a whole people's revolution led to a focus on elections instead of national reconciliation, hindering the rebuilding of consensus and a new social contract.
ReportJul 27, 2023
The North African complex: Regional players, global challenges
By Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi, Riccardo Fabiani, Sebastian Sons, Hisham Hellyer, Matteo Villa, Alissa Pavia
North Africa is, once again, the theatre of local and global challenges, which makes it a highly unstable regional complex. Unresolved crises like the ones in Libya and Western Sahara create obstacles to regional security, economic integration, and peaceful coexistence.
Alessia Melcangi is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs, associate professor of contemporary history of North Africa and the Middle East at the Department of Social Sciences and Economics at the Sapienza University of Rome, associate research fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan, and member of the scientific committee of the Fondazione Med-Or Leonardo SpA in Rome.
She is also faculty member of the Master in Migration and Development, La Sapienza University of Rome and coordinator of its Socio-Political module and faculty member of the Master in Middle Eastern Studies (MIMES), Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan.
She has been member of several working groups in Track-2 programs sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on the contemporary Libyan political, economic and security dynamics and on the issue of religious freedom and human rights in the Middle East. She has been visiting research fellow at the Centre d’Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales (CEDEJ), Cairo and at the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO), Cairo.
Her research is mainly into conflict and governance in the Middle East and North Africa; geopolitics and international relations in the Euro-Mediterranean area; identity and polarization dynamics in the contemporary Middle East; political and social issues in contemporary Egypt and Libya. Regarding these issues she has published several monographs, peer review articles in Italian and international journals and policy papers for international think tanks.
Statehood, nationalism and minorities in the Middle East: patterns of resistance and integration (Ledizioni, Milano 2018).
The Copts during Nasser’s time. Between politics and religion (1952-1970) (Carocci, Roma 2017) (with Karim Mezran).
Truly a Proxy War? Militias, Institutions and External Actors in Libya between Limited Statehood and Rentier State, The International Spectator, 2022.
“Chaos in the heart of the Mediterranean: the Libyan crisis from the fall of al-Qadhafi’s Jamāhīriyya to the present war (2011-2020)”, in F.M. Corrao, R. Redaelli (eds), States, Actors and Geopolitical Drivers in the Mediterranean, Palgrave Macmillan, London 2021
Strategizing Toward Irrelevance in Libya, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, n. 38, Summer 2020 (with Riccardo Redaelli).
“The Re-Sectarization of the Middle East: Minorities, Communities and Identity Politics within the Current Geopolitical Confrontation”, in Ida Caracciolo, Umberto Montuoro (eds), Protection of Cultural and Religious Minorities Leadership for International Peace and Security, Giappichelli Editore, Torino 2019.