Matteo Colombo is a Junior Researcher at Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit. His work focuses on current local and international political dynamics in the Levant, Turkey, Egypt, and Libya. In 2020, he completed a PhD in Political Studies at the University of Milan (NASP Consortium). His dissertation offered an in-depth analysis of IS’s Twitter discourse in Arabic using machine-learning techniques. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan and master degrees in International Relations from Oxford Brookes, Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and journalism from IULM University (Milan).
Matteo’s work analyses a range of topics related to politics in the MENA region, including but not limited to diplomatic relations, conflict dynamics, and political communication. Methodologically, his research combines qualitative methods with data analysis and visualisation. Previously, Matteo has worked as a researcher for the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
Matteo has contributed to various reports and produced infographics for the Italian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission on politics in the MENA region. He is working on a book on the Arabic Twitter discourse on IS that will be published with Palgrave Macmillan.