Dr. Lorenzo Kamel
Junior Fellow (Marie S. Curie FCFP)
September 2016 - August 2017
Lorenzo Kamel is Marie Curie researcher at FRIAS and a Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). He is also a nonresident fellow at Harvard’s CMES - where he served as a postdoc fellow for two years - and the scientific coordinator of “New-Med, The Future of Cooperation in the Mediterranean”.
He obtained a Laurea Magistrale in Philosophy from La Sapienza University of Rome, a two-year’s M.A. in Israeli Society and Politics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. in History at Bologna University. He held seminars, lessons and courses in several Italian and international universities, received the 2010 'International Giuseppe Sciacca award’, and spent extensive periods as a visiting fellow in Egypt ('Ain Shams University), the Palestinian Territories (Birzeit University), Israel (Hebrew University), and Turkey (Bilkent University).
He published six books on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean affairs, including “Imperial Perceptions of Palestine”, winner of the 2016 "Palestine Book Award" (academic section). Other publications include over thirty articles on international academic journals (such as The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Peace and Change, Eurasian Studies, New Middle Eastern Studies, Passato e Presente, Oriente Moderno, The International Spectator) and about 150 articles on journals such as Ha'aretz, Al-Monitor, The National (Abu Dhabi), and others. Lorenzo is 35 years old and a proud father of Niccolò and Valerie.
- Imperial Perceptions of Palestine: British Influence and Power in Late Ottoman Times, 1854-1923, I.B. Tauris, London and New York 2015, 336 pp.
- Arab Spring and Peripheries: A Decentring Research Agenda, Routledge, London 2016, 170 pp.
- Changing Migration Patterns in the Mediterranean, EDC, Rome 2015, 214 pp.
- Dalle Profezie all’Impero: L’espansione dell’Occidente nel Mediterraneo orientale, 1798-1878 [From Prophecies to Empire: The Western penetration in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1798-1878], Carocci, Rome 2015, 170 pp.
- Whose land? Land tenure in late 19th and early 20th century Palestine, «British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies», 41(2), 2014, pp. 230-242.
The transformation of political Islam in a fragmented region: a Middle Eastern perspective
Governance failures combined with 21st century social, economic, environmental and demographic conditions paved the way for the rise of a number of new non-State and quasi-State actors in the Middle East. Are States irremediably undermined or will the current transition lead to the emergence of new State entities? How to reconcile the crumbling of States and the redrawing of borders with the exacerbation of traditional inter-state competition, including through proxy wars? My research project at FRIAS aims to provide academic answers to these and a number of related questions. I will analyse developments in the region focusing on the interplay between disintegration and polarization, paying a particular attention to new Islamic and Islamist movements that are flourishing in the Palestinian context and the broader region. Taking advantage of the years that I spent in the Middle East and the primary sources collected in various countries of the MENA, I will provide an historical context for understanding and evaluating the ongoing process of radicalization in the Eastern Mediterranean.