Expertise: transnational jihadist movements, political violence, terrorism, counter-terrorism, counter violent extremism.
Sofia Zavagli worked until 2016 as Research Assistant in the Security and Terrorism division of the Clingendael Institute with special emphasis on the MENA region. Her research focused on the analysis of the root causes of instability that might lead to the birth and development of extremism and radical militant groups in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to joining Clingendael, Sofia interned in the Security and Defence Programme of the International Affairs Institute (IAI) in Rome and in the al-Qaida and Taliban Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Sofia holds a BA in Oriental Studies from La Sapienza University in Rome and a MA in International Relations from Ca' Foscari University in Venice. During her studies, she attended Arabic classes at the University of Damascus in Syria and spent a semester at al-Quds University in Palestine and a year at the Université de Liège in Belgium.