Alessandro Accorsi

Alessandro Accorsi

Senior Analyst, Social Media and Conflict

Crisis Group Role

Alessandro joined Crisis Group in September 2022. As Senior Analyst for Social Media and Conflict, he is responsible for conducting research on the use of social media by state and non-state actors to recruit, organise and publicise — as well as to prevent and mitigate — deadly violence, political and security instability. He works with country analysts or independently provides quantitative and qualitative research on disinformation, foreign interference and manipulation.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group, Alessandro led the European Union External Action Service's work on foreign interference and manipulation of information and strategic communications in the Middle East as Head of the Task Force South for five years. In that role, he worked closely with civil society organisations, independent media and policymakers to promote healthier information environments, prevent, mitigate and expose the new security and political threats posed by the use of social media by state and non-state actors. 

Alessandro worked as a field researcher and foreign correspondent in the Middle East from 2010 to 2015, covering mostly post-revolutionary Egypt, Israel and Palestine. From 2015 to 2017 he worked as an investigative journalist using mainly open source intelligence (OSINT) tools. 

Alessandro holds a MA in International and Diplomatic Studies from Bologna University and a MA in Investigative Journalism from City University of London.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Media and Conflict
  • Foreign Interference and Manipulation
  • OSINT Techniques
  • Middle East

Languages

  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic

In The News

10 Eki 2023
The sheer amount of doctored, fake, old videos and images of attacks circulating [online] is making it harder to understand what is going on [in Israel and Gaza]. France24

Alessandro Accorsi

Senior Analyst, Social Media and Conflict

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