Emanuele Mainetti is an MA student of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. He has written his MA thesis on Lebanon, titled “Democracy in Lebanon After Ta’if: A Comparative Analysis of Lebanon’s Democratic Features Before and After 2005.” For the purpose of the dissertation, he conducted fieldwork in Lebanon in July 2018, interviewing civil society members, activists, academics, journalists and politicians. He holds a BA in Languages and International Relations from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy. After studying Arabic for three years as part of his bachelor’s, he attended an intensive course in Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Colloquial Arabic in a language center in Amman, Jordan. He is also planning to continue his academic career by undertaking a Ph.D. He is currently an intern at the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS).