Dr. Federico Donelli is tenure-track Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Trieste, Italy. His research fields have covered international politics and security of the Middle East and Africa, focusing on the foreign policy of the different regional and extra-regional players. Currently, he is working on the militarization of the Red Sea, and the increasing global competition in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of multiple articles appearing in International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Small Wars & Insurgencies, and The International Spectator. He is also author of Turkey in Africa. Turkey’s strategic involvement in sub-Saharan Africa published in 2021 by Bloomsbury.