Dr. Benedetta Berti is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lecturer. She is currently a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a TED Senior Fellow and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). Her work focuses on human security and civil wars as well as on post-conflict stabilization and peacebuilding. In addition, Benedetta works as a human security and humanitarian consultant for political risk consulting firms, NGOs, international organizations as well as governments, focusing-among other things-on violence prevention and reduction, disarmament, protection of vulnerable groups and delivery of humanitarian assistance. The bulk of her work and research is in the Middle East, but she has been involved in projects all around the world, from Burundi to Mexico. Dr. Berti is the author of three books, including Armed Political Organizations. From Conflict to Integration (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) and her work and research have appeared, among others, in Al-Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is a Young Atlanticist Fellow, a Körber Foundation's Munich Young Leader and and a member of the UN Alliance of Civilizations "Global Experts.” In 2015 the Italian government awarded her the Order of the Star of Italy (order of Knighthood).