Who we are

Claudio Bertolotti, Phd
Executive Director, Head of Research  

Rome, Turin (Italy)

Claudio holds a PhD in Sociology and Political Science and a BA in Contemporary History. He also specialized in Sociology of Islam. His current research focuses on terrorism, jihadist radicalisation, contemporary small wars and asymmetric conflicts in the MENA area.
As of April 17th, 2019, Executive Director of ReaCT – Observatory on Radicalisation and Counter-Terrorism.  

As Military Officer, he served as NATO Counter-intelligence analyst and Section Chief in Afghanistan. Since 2008, he has lectured Italian staff personnel in ‘History, Societies, Cultures and Conflicts of Contemporary Afghanistan’. Since 2015, he is Senior Researcher at the Centre Euromaghrébin de Recherches et d’Etudes Stratégiques (CEMRES) and Italian Representative within the ‘5+5 Defense Initiative’ research working group. Currently, he is Head of Research at START InSight, Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator at the Italian Military Centre for Strategic Studies (CeMiSS), researcher and lecturer at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and the Italian Society for International Organisation (SIOI), Subject Matter Expert at NATO, and a member of ITSTIME (Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies).


Chiara Sulmoni, BA, MA
President, Head of Editorial production 
Lugano (Switzerland)

Chiara holds a BA and an MA in Italian Studies from UCL (University College London) and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, London). She currently works as a journalist and (desk) producer with specific experience in  realising and supervising longer reports/documentaries on subjects pertaining to current and foreign affairs, Arab and Islamic worlds, Afghanistan, Pakistan, conflicts. As a researcher and analyst, she is focussing on issues linked to radicalisation and terrorism.
As of April 17th, 2019 Co-Director of ReaCT -Observatory of Radicalisation and Counter-Terrorism.  

Her work mainly features on RSI – Swiss Italian Radio and TV.


Andrea Molle, PhD, FRAS                                               
Senior Research Fellow 
Orange (California, US)

Andrea is a quantitative and computational social scientist. Since 2012, he is Assistant Professor in Political Science and Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society at Chapman University. From 2006 to 2008, he was JSPS Fellow in Anthropology at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (Nagoya, Japan). His current research agenda focuses on religion and politics, international relations, religious violence, disaster studies, and martial arts and warfare studies. He has published several books and articles in journals in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science.


Francesco Rossi, PhD                                                                                                                                                                   
Member of the Research Pool


Francesco Rossi is post-doctoral researcher in Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg and member of MacroCrimes (Centre for European Legal Studies on Macro-Crime). He is a member of the research projects “Fight Against International Terrorism. Discovering European Models of Rewarding Measures to Prevent Terrorism” and “La ejecución de las penas por delitos de terrorismo”. He has been visiting scholar at the Universities of Luxembourg, Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and Saint-Louis, Brussels.