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Luigi Narbone is Director of the Middle East Directions Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies as well as professor and coordinator of the Peace and Security cluster at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute. 

Previously, he was Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Saudi Arabia, and non-resident Ambassador to Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, the UAE and Kuwait and has held several positions in foreign affairs in the EU and the UN. 

His main research interests are MENA geopolitics, security and political economy, Gulf studies and peace-building.