Giuseppe Acconcia is an award-winning journalist (Il Manifesto) and researcher focusing on the Middle East. Teaching assistant at Bocconi University, PhD at the University of London (Goldsmiths), he is involved in an international research project (EU-FP7) on youth movements (Pavia University). His research interests focus on youth and social movements, Iranian domestic politics, state and transformation in the Middle East. He contributed to Le monde diplomatique, The Independent, Al-Ahram weekly, Xinhua News Agency and openDemocracy. He has interviewed the former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby, philosopher Samir Amin and Noam Chomsky, historian Roger Edward Owen. He has published reportages during the 2011 uprisings in Egypt, from Mahalla al-Kubra, Aswan, Suez, Sinai, from Iranian, Turkish and Syrian Kurdistan (2014-2015) and Iran (2005-2015). He graduated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London writing a dissertation on the role of the military in politics in Egypt, Syria and Iraq. He taught at the American University in Cairo, he worked as a researcher on North Africa and the Middle East (IAI), for the Sakharov Prize (European Parliament) and the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. He is the author of Egypt. Military Democracy (Exorma, 2014), Pictures from Gihan (Muta Imago, 2013) and The Egyptian Spring (Infinito, 2012). He published in Il Mulino, The International Spectator, Limes and Palgrave.