Valeria Giannotta is an Italian scholar expert on Turkish politics and International Relations. She is currently the Scientific Director of CeSPI Observatory Turkey. She studied in Milano at Catholic University where she obtained her Ph.D. Since 2009 she has been active in Turkey where she has served as academic in Istanbul, Gaziantep and Ankara. She has authored and presented several articles during national and international conferences and as expert of Turkey she contributes to think tanks, national and international media and she engages in high-level strategic meetings. For her analytical objectivity and effort in support to the Italian diplomacy in Turkey, in 2017 she was awarded as Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the Presidency of the Republic of Italy. Her last book “Erdoğan e il suo partito. AKP tra conservatorismo e riformismo” (Castelvecchi, 2018) has been listed among the best current politics essays of the year 2018 and got a special prize in the Italian award Cerruglio 2019.