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Giulia Cimini

Gerda Henkel Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna

Giulia Cimini is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences – Alma Mater Studiorum Università of Bologna, Italy, with a Gerda Henkel Fellowship. In 2019, she has been awarded a POMEPS TRE Grant for her research on marginalized communities and the challenges of decentralization in Tunisia.

Her main areas of expertise are Maghrebi political parties, security assistance, border communities and dynamics of contention. She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Università L’Orientale (Naples, 2018) with a dissertation on the changing nature and role of political parties in post-2011 Tunisia and Morocco.

Between 2015 and 2019 she was Teaching Assistant of Politics at L’Orientale. She also collaborated as a Research Assistant to “StreetPol: Participatory challenges from Tunisia to Oman,” a research project funded by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and University within a Scientific Independence of young Researcher Grant (2016-2018) and to the “EU-Spring Project: Democracy and Citizenship Rights in North Africa after the Arab Awakening” (2015-2016).

She has been Visiting Fellow at MECACS (Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies) at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and at the Centre Jacques Berque in Rabat.
Giulia is the Book Reviews Editor of Interdisciplinary Political Studies, a peer-reviewed, Open Access, online journal publishing in the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations.

  • (forthcoming 2020) (E. Baldaro &) “Competing orders in cross-border areas of limited statehood: the cases of Southern Tunisia and Northern Mali micro-regions”, in A. Polese and R. Hanau Santini (eds.) Hybrid Governance and Limited Statehood in Middle East and Africa, Routledge.
  • (2019) “Missing Youth in Tunisia? Implications of Regional Disparities and Center-Periphery Divide” POMEPS Studies 36: Youth Politics in the Middle East and North Africa, pp.20-25.
  • (2019) “Parties in an era of change: membership in the (re-)making in post-revolutionary Tunisia,” The Journal of North African Studies. DOI:10.1080/13629387.2019.1644918
  • (2019) (R. Hanau Santini &) “Intended and Unintended Consequences of Security Assistance in Post-2011 Tunisia,” Contemporary Arab Affairs, 12 (1): 91-106. DOI: 10.1525/caa.2019.121006
  • (2019) (R. Hanau Santini &) “The Politics of Security Reform in Post-2011 Tunisia: Assessing the Role of Exogenous Shocks, Domestic Policy Entrepreneurs and External Actors,” Middle Eastern Studies, 55 (2): 225-241. DOI: 10.1080/00263206.2018.1538971
  • (2019) “Politica Europea di Vicinato nel Mediterraneo: Criticità e Prospettive di Rilancio”, in A. Cozzolino, F. Palazzi and F. I. Forte (eds.), Europa in Frantumi? L’Unione Europea tra Crisi, Nuovi Conflitti e Prospettive Federali, Napoli: Guida Editori, pp. 149-164.
  • (2019) “Tunisia’s electoral fatigue and the bumpy road ahead”, Aspenia on line – International analysis and commentary, 16 October 2019.
  • (2019) “Challenging the status quo: Algeria on the move, Morocco on the fence”, ResetDOC Analysis, 23 September 2019.
  • (2019) “The end of Essebsi’s presidency in Tunisia: taking stock of a difficult transition”, Aspenia on line – International analysis and commentary, 3 September 2019.
  • (2018) “Bridging the gap between Tunisian central state and cross-border regions: inclusive strategies to cope with marginalization”, in D. Fakoussa and L. Kabis-Kechrid (eds.) Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy: Decentralization, Institution Building and the Development of Marginalized Regions – Perspectives from the Region and Europe, DGAP Collection, pp. 55-65.
  • (2017) “The Economic Agendas of Islamists in Tunisia and Morocco: between Discourses and Practices,” Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, 11 (3): 48-64. DOI: 10.1080/25765949.2017.12023309

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