Federico Donelli is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Orion Policy Institute (OPI) and Assistant Professor at the University of Trieste. He has been a postdoc researcher in International Relations at the University of Genoa, where he teaches the History and Politics of the Middle East. His research fields have covered international politics and security studies of the MENA region, focusing on the foreign policy of the different players. Currently, he is working on the process of militarization in the Horn of Africa and the growing engagement of the Middle Eastern states in the region. Among his latest works “The Ankara Consensus: the significance of Turkey’s engagement in sub-Saharan Africa” in Global Change, Peace & Security, “Fluctuating Saudi and Emirati Alignment Behaviours in the Horn of Africa” in International Spectator, and Le due sponde del Mar Rosso: la politica estera degli Stati mediorientali nel Corno d’Africa (Mondadori Università, 2019).