Chiara is a PhD Candidate at the University of Bologna. Her academic research explores the Soviet Union’s role and impact on the state-building processes in postcolonial Arab countries, with a focus on Egypt, Iraq and Syria. She collaborates with a number of institutes and Think Tanks by researching Russia’s foreign policy in the MENA and associated political and security issues. These include Russia’s diplomatic strategy, military power and soft power projection, questions of terrorism, energy, and arms trade. Chiara is also an Associate Fellow for the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). She has recently co-edited a Routledge book entitled “Russia in the Middle East and North Africa. Continuity and Change”.