Ardemagni Eleonora

Eleonora Ardemagni is an expert of Yemen, Gulf monarchies (political and security issues), and Arab military forces.

Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), MENA Centre.

Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University of Milan (MSc courses “Regional Studies Middle East”/ “History of Islamic Asia”; “New Conflicts: History, Strategy and Narrative”) and of Brescia (BA “History and Institutions of Asian and African Countries”).

Adjunct Professor at ASERI (Graduate School of Economics and International Relations, Milan), Master in Middle Eastern Studies-MIMES (seminar “Yemen: Drivers of Conflict and Security Implications”).

Yemen contributor for The Armed Conflict Survey of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Former Gulf Analyst for the NATO Defense College Foundation (2015-2020), she is regular contributor to Aspenia online (Aspen Institute Italy) and AffarInternazionali, and contributes as Middle Eastern politics commentator for the Italian newspaper Avvenire.

Her analysis appeared on Afriche e Orienti, International Studies Journal, NATO Defense College, Carnegie Sada, Carnegie Middle East Center, LSE Middle East Centre Blog, Middle East Institute, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, ECFR Rome, Gulf Affairs, PeaceLab Blog-Global Public Policy Institute, Tawazun-Index of Arab Civil-Military Relations, Future for Advanced Research and Studies (FARAS, UAE), University of Nicosia (EMPN), POMEPS-The Project on Middle East Political Science, World Energy, Italianieuropei and Fondazione Oasis.

Latest publications: “Yemen’s Defense Structure: Hybridity and Patronage after the State”, Journal of Arabian Studies, 10.1, 2020; “Arab Gulf States: Expanding Roles for the Military”, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of the Military in Politics, 2020; “A Network Approach to Yemen’s SSR: From Army-Centric to Community-Oriented” in “Conflicts, Pandemics and Peacebuilding: New Perspectives on Security Sector Reform in the MENA Region”, ISPI-DCAF joint Report, 2020, pp. 83-102; “War fighters, not health defenders: Yemen’s Houthis differ from Shia militias on COVID-19”, ORIENT-German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, 3, 2020; “Beyond Yemen’s Militiadoms. Restarting from local agency”, The European Union Institute for Security Studies, EUISS Conflict Brief Series 8, 2020; “Yemen’s nested conflict(s): Layers, geographies and feuds”, ORIENT-German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, 2, 2019; “The Huthis: Adaptable Players in Yemen’s Multiple Geographies”, CRiSSMA-Catholic University, 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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