Massimiliano Trentin works on the International History of the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on the interplay between diplomacy, economics and development. His monographs, Engineers of Modern Development: East German Experts in Ba’thist Syria, 1965-1972, La Guerra fredda tedesca in Siria. Diplomazia, politica ed economia, 1963-1970 (Cleup 2010 and 2015) and edited volumes like The Middle East and the Cold War (CSP, 2012), Linee di conflitto. Il mondo arabo in trasformazione (Afriche e Orienti, 2013) focus on the critical conjuncture between foreign interventions and patterns of development in the postcolonial Middle East. He published articles on academic journals (Diplomatic History, Cold War History, Foro Internacional, Phoenix in Domo Foscari, Afriche e Orienti) and several essays in volumes for Italian and foreign editors (IB Tauris, Lynne Rienner, Peter Lang, Cahiers Irice, Bruno Mondadori, Marsilio, Franco Angeli). He currently works on the history of economic development in the Middle East and North Africa during the "long" Seventies and the influence of international economic organizations (WB, IMF and UN Agencies).
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