Our People

SpecialEurasia has a team of analysts and consultants based in different parts of the world with different skills whose purpose is to provide risk assessment, geopolitical forecasting and consult private and public companies about current challenges and future opportunities in Eurasia.

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Silvia Boltuc – Founder & Managing Director. She is an International affairs specialist, business consultant and political analyst who has supported private and public institutions in the decision-making process by providing reports, risk assessments, and consultancy. Due to her work and reporting activities,  she has travelled in Europe, the Middle East, South-East Asia and the post-Soviet space assessing the domestic dynamic and situations and creating a network of local contacts. She is also the Director of the Energy & Engineering Department of CeSEM – Centro Studi Eurasia Mediterraneo, and an editor/analyst at the Italian media agencies Notizie Geopolitiche and European Affairs Magazine. Previously, she worked as an Associate Director at ASRIE Analytica. She speaks Italian, English, German, Russian and Arabic.
 
Giuliano Bifolchi – Research Manager. He has vast experience in Intelligence analysis, geopolitics, security, conflict management, and ethnic minorities. He holds a PhD in Islamic history from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, a master’s degree in Peacebuilding Management and International Relations from Pontifical University San Bonaventura. As an Intelligence analyst and political risk advisor he has organised working visits and official missions in the Middle East, North Africa, and the post-Soviet space and has supported the decision-making process of private and public institutions writing reports and risk assessments. Previously, he founded and directed ASRIE Analytica. He has written several academic papers on geopolitics, conflicts, and jihadist propaganda. He is the author of the books Geopolitical del Caucaso russo. Gli interessi del Cremlino e degli attori stranieri nelle dinamiche locali nordcaucasiche (2020) and Storia del Caucaso del Nord tra presenza russa, Islam e terrorismo (2022). He speaks Italian, English, Russian, Spanish and Arabic.
 
Daniele Garofalo – Project Manager “Monitoring Jihadist Propaganda & Terrorism. He is a researcher and analyst who focuses his attention and work on terrorist groups and jihadist propaganda. He wrote several articles and reports for Babilon News & Magazine, Caffè Geopolitico, the Robert Lasing Institute for Global Threats and Democracies Studies”. Currently, he works also as a Senior Analyst at the Italian thin tanks Analytica for Intelligence and Security Studies and CISINT. He is also an external contributor for European Eye on Radicalization, Jihadica and The Jamestown Foundation. He is the author of the book Medio Oriente Insanguinato (2020).
 
Riccardo Valle – Project Manager “Monitoring Jihadist Propaganda & Terrorism”. Riccardo Valle holds a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Cooperation Studies from the University of Trieste, Italy. He is an independent researcher focused on militancy and jihadism in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region. He has written for several outlets including Militant Wire, Jihadica, and The Jamestown Foundation. At the same time, he collaborates with the Italian think tank Analytica for Intelligence and Security Studies. He speaks Urdu.
 
Uran Botobekov – Researcher & Political Analyst. He is a researcher focusing on Central Asian Sunni Jihadi groups, whose activities seriously threaten the security and stability of the Eurasia region. His scientific works on the religious and political aspects of the Salafi-Jihadi movement in Central Asia and the Middle East have been published in Germany, France, Britain, Japan, the USA, Iran, China, and the post-Soviet countries. He regularly advised governments of Central Asia on matters relating to Militant Salafism and religious extremism. Uran Botobekov is currently writing a new book, “Transformation of Central Asian Jihad: From Local to Global.”. Uran holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institute of Philosophy and Political and Legal Studies of the National Academy Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek and an M.A. and B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from the Kyrgyz State University. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the platform Modern Diplomacy.
 
Riccardo Rossi – Project Manager “Geopolitics of Asia Pacific”. Researcher & Political Analyst, he holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Milan, a master’s degree in Geopolitics and Global Security from La Sapienza University in Rome and a Diploma in European Affairs from the Institute of International Politics in Milan. He studies geopolitics and writes geo-strategic reports on the Asia-Pacific region.