Valeria Talbot is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI’s Middle East and North Africa Centre, in charge of Middle East Studies. She also is a lecturer at the Master in Middle Eastern Studies in ASERI, Catholic University of Milan. Furthermore, she is a member of the Med Think 5+5 scientific committee and EuroMeSCo liason officer. Her main research areas focus on Euro-Mediterranean relations, Turkey’s foreign policy, the Gulf States. She is active as a scholar, contributing to research projects and publishing a number of papers, articles and books.