Nathalie Tocci

Born in Rome (Italy), on March 7, 1977.

1995-98: University College, Oxford - BA (Hons) PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics). Overall result: First Class. Preliminary examinations: First Class.

1998-99: London School of Economics - MSc Development Studies. Dissertation on Turkey’s political economy. Overall result: Distinction.

2000-03: LSE - PhD in International Relations. Title: EU Accession Dynamics and Conflict Resolution: The Case of Cyprus 1988-2002. Defence June 2003.


Professional Experience

• 1999-2003 Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels: research fellow in the Wider Europe Programme working on EU relations with Turkey, Cyprus, the South Caucasus and the Middle East.

• 2003-2004, Mediterranean Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute: Jean Monnet Fellow. Working on the role of the EU in conflict resolution. Organisation of events under the EU-Turkey Observatory.

• 2005-2007, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Marie Curie Fellow. Research on the EU’s role in conflict resolution in the Caucasus, Balkans, Middle East, Turkey and Cyprus.

• 2006, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Senior fellow (2006-2010) and Head of Department (2010) working on European foreign policy and Associate Editor of The International Spectator.

• 2007-2009, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Associate fellow working on European foreign policy.

• 2009-2010, Transatlantic Academy, Washington, Senior Fellow working on Turkey’s relations with the US, the European Union and the Middle East.

• 2011, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Deputy Director and Editor of The International Spectator.

• May-November 2014: Advisor for International Strategies of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rome.

• December 2014: Special Adviser of the High Representative for European Foreign Policy/Deputy Chairman of the European Commission.

• Since 2004 she is Member of the Advisory Board of Mediterranean Politics.

• Since 2007 she is Member of the Editorial Board of The International Spectator.

• Since 2011 she is Member of the Advisory Board, Open Security/Open Democracy.

• From 2012 to 2014 it was Member of the Board of the University of Trento.

• Since 2012 she is Rapporteur, Independent Commission on Turkey; Chaired by Nobel Peace Laureate Maarti Ahtisaari.

  • Since 2017/04 she is Head of Istituto Affari Internazionali.

Prizes and awards

• 2004-7: Marie Curie Fellowship, European Commission.

• 2008: Anna Lindh Award on European Foreign Policy.



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