Aemi Desideri MA MSc

Intern - trainee

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  • Main fields of interest: Counter-Terrorism Extremism International Criminal Law International Migration Law


Aemi Desideri holds a Dual Master's Degree in Conflict Analysis, Resolution, and Mediterranean Security, jointly managed by the University of Malta and George Mason University (Virginia, USA) in Valletta, Malta. Her thesis focused on host-state consent in counter-terrorism operations, with a case study on French Operation Barkhane in Mali. While she was writing her thesis, Aemi embarked on a four-month internship at the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law to delve deeper into the intersection of counter-terrorism, the rule of law, and human rights. Currently, Aemi is a part-time remote researcher for the Better Evidence Project at George Mason University. In this role, she evaluates conflict resolution programs in North and West Africa. She also provides geopolitical analyses on security and defense topics to Istituto Analisi Relazioni Internazionali.

Her primary interests revolve around international security threats, particularly in the realm of counter-terrorism strategies. She also has a keen interest in criminal justice, forensic sciences, migration, and violent extremism.

 At the Asser Institute, Aemi works as a research assistant in public international law and counter-terrorism on projects such as Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism, Counter-terrorism Watchlisting, and Border Security Management.