Ardemagni Eleonora

Eleonora Ardemagni is an Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI, Milan) and a Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University of Milan (“History of Islamic Asia”; “New Conflicts”). She is also Gulf Analyst for the NATO Defense College Foundation.

Since 2012, her research analysis focuses on IR of the Middle East and security issues (expertise: Yemen, Gulf monarchies and Arab military forces). Regular contributor for Aspenia online and  AffarInternazionali, she is also commentator for the Italian newspaper Avvenire (Middle Eastern politics) and consultant for the Italian Parliament (Osservatorio Parlamentare, ISPI).

Her publications appeared, among the others, on Afriche e Orienti, Carnegie Sada, Carnegie Middle East Center, Middle East Institute, The Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), LSE Middle East Centre Blog, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Gulf Affairs-OxGAPS, ORIENT-German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, Future Centre (Faras, UAE), EMPN-University of Nicosia and NATO Defense College.
Latest publications: “Yemen’s Defense Structure: Hybridity and Patronage after the State”, Journal of Arabian Studies, 2020 (forthcoming); “Arab Gulf States: Expanding Roles for the Military”, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford University Press, October 2020; “Beyond Yemen’s Militiadoms. Restarting from local agency”, The European Union Institute for Security Studies, EUISS Conflict Brief Series 8, April 2020; “The Huthis: Adaptable Players in Yemen’s Multiple Geographies”, CRiSSMA-Catholic University, Educatt, WP 25, 2019.

Master of Science (MSc) in International Relations, Catholic University, Milan; Diploma in European Affairs, ISPI; Specializing Master in Middle Eastern Studies, ASERI (2015).



Yemen: Drivers of Conflict and Security Implications
This seminar aims to provide students with a comprehensive analysis of current Yemen’s politics, stressing the role and evolution of the security-military structures. The lecture tackles the causes of the 2011 uprising, with the purpose to address the genealogy of the 2015 Yemeni civil war and to present the main tribal, political and military actors who act at the interplay between the domestic and the regional fora. Finally, the lecture outlines the most pressing implications for regional security triggered by the Yemeni crisis. During the seminar, students will receive analytical tools to demystify and overcome mainstream, short-sighted narratives of the 2015 Yemeni conflict (“a sectarian and proxy war between Saudis and Iranians”), identifying original drivers and domestic actors of the crisis.


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