Giovanni Giacalone, raised in the United States, graduated in Sociology from the University of Bologna, MA in Islamic Studies from Trinity Saint David University of Wales and a further specialization in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism-ICT, Israel. He is currently senior analyst at the Europe desk for the UK-based think-tank Islamic Theology of Counter-Terrorism (a Sec-Ter partner), for the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies-Itstime (Catholic University of Milan), and for Kedisa-Center for International Strategic Analysis based in Athens, Greece. From 2014 to 2016 he was an associate researcher for “Istituto Studi Politica Internazionale-Ispi‘s “Observatory on Terrorism”, and he is now a researcher for Rome’s Centro Studi Machiavelli.
Giacalone was country-coordinator for the Globsec European project “From criminals to terrorists and back”, with the objective of analyzing the crime-terror nexus among jihadist foreign fighters. He currently collaborates with the media and he is the author of several books and chapters on jihadism in Italy, the Balkans, and Russia. He has lectured security managers, and law enforcers on Italian soil, and has testified in audition on security to the Italian parliament.
Gabriele Mori achieved his bachelor degree in Sociology and Criminological Sciences for Security at the University of Bologna. He then graduated, as master degree, in Security Policies from Milan’s Catholic University, with a final thesis on the False Flag Operation phenomenon. He has an experience of three years as a private investigator and he is an active investigative photo-reporter. Mori is currently a PhD student focusing his research on the effects of terrorism on civilians and he is also an analyst for the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies-Itstime.