Fiamma Nirenstein was born in Florence where she completed her university studies in Modern History. On April 2008's national elections, she was elected Member of the Italian Parliament within Berlusconi's PDL coalition and she serves as Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies. Until her election, she was columnist and correspondent from Israel for "Il Giornale", a daily newspaper she still contributes to as analyst, as well as for "Panorama" weekly. From 1991 until December 2006, she worked as correspondent and columnist for "La Stampa" daily. She is an expert of the Middle East conflict, terrorism, anti-Semitism, and her activities deals with the great changes that are taking place within the Middle East democratization process.
She became a specialist in these fields after having traveled all over the world as a specialist in foreign affairs. She has started her carrier in 1977, and has been a columnist and a correspondent for all the major magazines (Panorama; l'Espresso; Epoca). She wrote nine books. The latest, “Israel is us” was issued on March 2007 and has been translated into english ("Israel is us - a personal odissey to a journalist's understanding of the Middle East", JCPA ed., 2009). These books are best sellers and prizes winners; Nirenstein has been awarded 16 journalistic and literary prizes. A mix of two books of hers "L'abbandono", ("The abandonment, how the west betrayed the Jews", and "The liberal anti-Semite" (both Rizzoli editor) has been translated into English under the title "Terror, the new anti-Semitism and the war against the West" (Smith and Kraus, Hannover, USA, 2005).
Nirenstein contributes to the New York Sun, to Commentary Magazine, has written for Moment Magazine. Her writing are collected in four American anthologies, her work as a journalist is at length quoted in "Bias" by Bernard Goldberg (Regnery Publishing, 2002, pp. 200-206) as an example of good journalism in explaining the terrorist phenomena. The Wall Street Journal one day after 9-11 quoted at length her article on Commentary Magazine to explain the disaster. Nirenstein has introduced and prefaced in Italy Bernard Lewis, Nathan Sharansky and Ruthie Bloom.
Fiamma has directed the Cultural Institute of the Italian Embassy in Tel Aviv in '93 and '94. She teaches Middle East History at Luiss University in Rome. She is a member of the board of the Italian Foundation Magna Carta and a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affair and of the Hudson Institute, Washington. She is one of the 6 members of the steering committee of the Interparliamentary Coalition on Combating Antisemitism (ICCA), inaugurated on February 2009 with the London Conference. Following the UK model, Nirenstein promoted in september 2009 the contitution of an Inquiry on Antisemitism in Italy and Europe to be led by the Foreign Affairs and Contitutional Affairs Committees of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. The Inquiry will started its works on January 27, 2010, on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On December 16, 2009, Nirenstein, together with the other members of the ICCA steering committee, has been awarded by the Israeli Knesset for the her commitment in the fight against antisemitism.
Fiamma Nirenstein has done a lot of documentaries for the Italian TV, the last by the title of "Settlers", about the disengagement seen through the lives of the people involved in it. She is daily interviewed by the Italian TV and radio and on 2006 she conceived and conducted a program on foreign affairs, "Ore diciotto/Mondo", on channel RAI 2. She is weekly interviewed on Radio Radicale, for a program named "Mediorientale". Her experience of journalism includes an enormous group on interviewed leaders, from Rajiv Ghandi to Deng Tziao Ping, from the protagonists of the anticommunist revolution of the eighties to all the most important figures of the Israeli and Palestinian worlds, from Arafat to Sharon. She has opened in Italy a harsh discussion about anti-Semitism, ant- israelianism and the left. She has been official speaker in a variety of conferences on Anti-Semitism, among them, the world forum of OCSE in Berlin about Anti-Semitism, the Boston Conference on "anti-Semitism, the press and Europe" (2004), "Multiculturalism, the left and anti-Semitism" during the 2006 international symposium of the Vidal Sassoon Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The pivotal focus and underlying idea that runs through all Fiamma Nirenstein's work is the fight against totalitarianism and terrorism as connected to anti-Semitism and hate for Israel.