Riccardo Fabiani

Riccardo Fabiani

Project Director, North Africa

Crisis Group Role

As North Africa Project Director, Riccardo oversees Crisis Group’s work on Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.

Professional Background

Riccardo has more than ten years of professional experience as a political analyst and economist on North Africa, having worked for Eurasia Group, Energy Aspects and other consultancies. He has published articles for the Carnegie Endowment’s Sada Journal, Jadaliyya, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Financial Times.

Areas of Expertise

  • Political economy of North Africa 
  • Algeria and Libya's energy politics 
  • Economic development and conflict 
  • Islamist politics in Algeria and Tunisia


  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic (professional proficiency)


  • "Transnational Organized Crime and Political Actors in the Maghreb and Sahel", Mediterranean Dialogue Series 17, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, January 2019
  • "Tunisia and the International Community since 2011: Rentierism, Patronage and Moral Hazard", Jadaliyya, January 2018

In The News

17 ဇန္နဝါရီလ 2024
[Egypt] cannot live with the permanent displacement of Palestinians into the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza war’s crippling economic effects and risks of regional war. Bloomberg

Riccardo Fabiani

Project Director, North Africa
19 အောက်တိုဘာလ 2023
Israel’s lack of clarity regarding its intentions in Gaza and the evacuation of the population is in itself problematic ... This confusion fuels fears in the neighborhood... AP

Riccardo Fabiani

Project Director, North Africa
18 စက်တင်ဘာလ 2023
Selling weapons and equipment is a way for Israel to get new ‘friends’ [in North Africa] and expand its influence, regardless of the impact it has on local tensions. Al Jazeera

Riccardo Fabiani

Project Director, North Africa
19 မေလ 2023
The Europeans feel that they are on the front line of instability in North Africa and in the Mediterranean. Euronews

Riccardo Fabiani

Project Director, North Africa
12 ဇန္နဝါရီလ 2023
There is a need for the UN envoy to play a more proactive role in coordinating international positions and putting pressure on Libyan actors to move the situation forward... Atalayar

Riccardo Fabiani

Project Director, North Africa
6 စက်တင်ဘာလ 2022
We're seeing a diplomatic war [over Western Sahara], where both sides [Algeria and Morocco] are resorting to anything short of open conflict. AFP

Riccardo Fabiani

Project Director, North Africa

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / Middle East & North Africa

To Deal or Not to Deal: How to Support Tunisia out of Its Predicament

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Tunisia’s Leap into the Unknown

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