Riccardo Redaelli is Professor of “History and Institutions of Asia” at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of the S. Heart, Milano. He teaches also “Post Conflict and Emergency Management” and “Geopolitics” at the same University. He is also: Director of the Master in Middle Eastern Studies (MIMES), Graduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI), Catholic University of the S. Heart, Milano and Director of the Center for Research on the South System and the Wider Mediterranean System (CRiSSMA) at the same university; President of the Italian Association of International History (SISI); Coordinator of a multi-years program of Social Responsibility on Education in Zubayr district (Basra Province – Iraq) for the Italian Company ENI; Member of the Steering Committee of the Foundation MedOr – Leonardo Spa, Rome; Member of the Steering Committee of the International Foundation Oasis – Christians and Muslims in the Global World, Venice; member of several others Steering Committee; Columnist (Foreign Policy issues) of the Italian Newspaper 'Avvenire' and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Storia Urbana (Urban History). During the last decades he has carried out intensive field-work researches in the wider Middle East (in particular in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya) and he has coordinated several different programs of national reconciliation, post conflict institution building and international cooperation in Iraq and Libya and joined Track-2 programs for enhancing confidence-building measures with Iran and between India and Pakistan. He published more than 100 monographs, edited books, essays and articles on the history and contemporary politics of the Middle East.