Dr Groppi is a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya holds a BA from Stanford University in International Relations (Honors Program). During his college years (2005-2009), he focused on international security, historical and political comparative analysis, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
As a researcher in Israel and the Palestinian Territories (2008), Michele explored how international trade might affect the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Back at Stanford, following his meeting with Dr. Boaz Ganor, Michele became passionate about counter-terrorism and joined ICT as an intern and then as a MA student (2011-12).
Delving into all aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism (with a summa cum laude certificate), Michele has been applying his energies to the understanding of European and Italian perspectives, narratives, and counter-terrorist measures.
After a number of presentations at the Italian Parliament and a joint report with the Italian Ministry of the Defense based on his previous ICT project, Michele joined King’s College London as a PhD student in the Defence Studies Programme (2013).
Through extensive field-work, Michele has carried out one of the largest quantitative and qualitative analyses of the drivers of Islamist radicalization in Italy by scrutinizing Italian Muslims’ attitudes and testing renowned theories of radicalization and terrorism.
During and after his PhD (2018), Michele has published articles and has taught short courses at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in Shrivenham, UK. His classes included military ethics, concepts of international relations and international security, and the role and the future of air power.
In addition to being an Research Fellow at ICT, Michele is also a Teaching Fellow at the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom, where he teaches challenges to the international order. Further, Michele is involved in multiple projects with a number of Italian academic institutions including Università Nicolò Cusano and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where Michele is a member of ITSTIME –Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies.