Benedetta Berti

Writer, Consultant, and Lecturer in Italy

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Originally from Italy, Benedetta Berti is currently a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a TED Senior Fellow, a Robert A. Fox Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), a Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, and a contributor to SADA (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace).

In addition, Benedetta works as a human security and foreign policy consultant for political risk consulting firms, NGOs, international organizations as well as governments.

In the past decade, Benedetta has worked in NGOs and research institutes in Latin America, the Middle East, and the US, focusing on human rights, internal conflict, and political violence. Her areas of expertise include human security, internal conflict, integration of armed groups, post-conflict stabilization and peace-building, as well as violence prevention and reduction and crisis management and prevention.

Her work has appeared, among others, on Al-Arabiya, the Daily Beast, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, and Open Democracyas well as in academic journals including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the Middle East Journal, ORBIS, Democratization, Civil Wars and Mediterranean Politics. Recently, Dr. Berti authored Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) and edited with Kristina Mikulová and Nicu Popescu of Democratization in EU Foreign Policy: New Member States as Drivers of Democracy Promotion (Routledge, 2015).

Benedetta is a frequent news commentator on international security, foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Her comments and interviews have been featured in a number of prominent news outlets, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg, Reuters and al-Jazeera. She is also a frequent guest lecturer and public speaker.

She is a a Young Atlanticist Fellow, a Körber Foundation’s Munich Young Leader, a German Marshall Fund of the United States Young Strategist, as well as a member of the Asian Forum on Global Governance and the UN Alliance of Civilizations "Global Experts.” In 2015 the Italian government awarded her the Order of the Star of Italy (order of Knighthood)

Benedetta holds a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Bologna, and an MA and PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School (Tufts University)

  • Work
    • TED, FPRI, INSS & Myself
  • Education
    • MA and PhD, The Fletcher School (Tufts University)