Matteo Legrenzi holds a D.Phil. in International Relations and a M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony's College, Oxford University where he remains Visiting Academic. In Oxford he is also Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies of the Department of Politics and International Relations.
He is President of the Italian Association for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO). He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.
He published numerous articles and book chapters on the Arab monarchies and the international relations of the Gulf as well as writing a column on Middle East politics for the Italian journal "Il Mulino". He wrote two monographs The GCC and the International Relations of the Gulf: Diplomacy, Security and Economic Coordination in a Changing Middle East for I.B. Tauris and Cognitive Analysis of Decisionmaking: The Case of Israel in October 1973 Conflict for Vita e Pensiero (Milan Catholic University Press). He also edited three volumes Beyond Regionalism? Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalisation in the Middle East and Shifting Geo-Economic Power of the Gulf: Oil, Finance and Institutions for Ashgate Publishers and Gulf Security: Legacies of the Past, Prospects for the future for Routledge. Before returning to Venice, his hometown, he taught in Oxford, Ottawa and Seoul winning the Capital Educators' Award in 2009 in Canada.
He deals with international relations and comparative government of the Middle East, in particular the political economy, regionalism and security of the Arab monarchies of the Gulf.
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