Dr Maria Luisa  Fantappie

Dr Maria Luisa Fantappie

Visiting Fellow

Middle East Centre

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Arabic, English, French, Italian, Kurdish
Key Expertise
Middle East

About me

Maria Luisa Fantappie is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Center. She holds an MPhil with distinction from Sciences Po Paris (2009) and a PhD from King’s College, London (Department of War Studies). Her research explores informal power in post-conflict and post-authoritarian settings. Her recent publications include “Politicians, officers and political transition: the case of post-2003 Iraq”, Third World Quarterly, building a conceptual understanding of politician-officers person relations and their role in defining political order in post-invasion Iraq.   

Maria has served as Senior Adviser at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and International Crisis Group conducting fieldwork across Iraq and the Middle East for over a decade. In 2018, she was seconded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Strategic Adviser to the EU Mission security sector reform in Baghdad. She is currently Head of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa Program at the Instituto Affari Internazionali in Rome.   

Expertise Details

new-institutionalism; informal connections; political transitions; historical sociology