Dr. John Apuruot Akec was appointed Vice Chancellor for the University of Juba, the oldest and largest public university in South Sudan in March 2014. From May 2010 to March 2014, Dr. Akec was the Vice Chancellor of the newly established University of Northern Bahr-El-Ghazel in Sudan. From 2000, Dr. Akec was Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department and Deputy Director of the Centre for Computer Studies, University of Juba. He graduated with BSc. (Honours) in Applied Physics and Electronics from the University of Gezira in 1985. He obtained Master of Science in Systems Engineering from University of Wales College of Cardiff (UK) in1992. Akec was awarded a Doctorate of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2000. In 2005, he was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Innovation by the University of Manchester, UK.  Dr. Akec’s work experience include employment at Khartoum Radiation and Isotopes Centre, Ministry of Health, Khartoum (1986-87), University of Juba (1987-90), University of Central England in Birmingham, University of Warwick, (1999-2000), University of Salford  (2000-2002). He was visiting Lecturer at School of Engineering University of Birmingham (2002-2003). He also worked as freelance analyst for mobile phone market in Africa for Juniper Research limited (2006). Akec held memberships in a number of international professional bodies that include Institute of Electrical Engineers (UK), Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Computer Society, and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).   Dr. Akec outside the academic community writes about social and political environment pertaining to Sudan in general and South Sudan in particular. He is a regular contributor to Sudan Tribune online, and Citizen Newspaper.  Since 2006, Dr. Akec has been writing in a popular blog bearing his name ( John Akec is also the founding chairperson of Academics and Researchers Forum for Development, an academic-led think-tank and advocacy forum registered as non-governmental organization in South Sudan. JohnAkec was recipient of World CSR Day Africa Education Leadership Award for 2012. Akec’s research interests include fuzzy logic control, robotics, e-governance, usable design, image processing, environmental innovation and sustainable development, and higher education planning.


Dr. Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness. In addition, Mr. Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and co-author of the recent CFR Working Paper Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States. The former Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, his work focuses on immigration and visa policy, and on U.S. trade and international economic policy


Prof. Alaa Alghamdi is an associate professor of English literature al Taibah University, Medinah, Saudi Arabia. Educated in Saudi and England, Alghamdi has been a profilic witer publishing academic papers and articles in magazines and journals worldwide. He is a columnist for Arab News and Arabian Post.
Dr. Khaled Almaeena is a veteran Saudi journalist, commentator, businessman and the editor-at-large of the Saudi Gazette, Almaeena has held a broad range of positions in Saudi media for over thirty years, including CEO of a PR firm, Saudi Television news anchor, talk show host, radio announcer, lecturer and journalist. As a journalist, Alamaeena has represented Saudi media at Arab summits in Baghdad, Morocco and elsewhere. In 1990, he was one of four journalists to cover the historic resumption of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Russia. He also traveled to China as part of this diplomatic mission. Almaeena’s political and social columns appear regularly in Gulf News, Asharq al-Aswat, al-Eglisadiah, Arab News, Times of Oman, Asian Age and The China Post

Prof. Idrahim Al – Marashi is Assistant Professor of Middle East History at California State University San Marcos, and teaches courses on Italy and the Middle East at John Cabot University in Rome during the summer. His research primarily deals with the history of Iraq, and violent conflict in the Middle East. His current book project in progress is a history of the 1991 Gulf War from the perspective of the Iraqi military and the security and intelligence forces, focusing on the projection of violence against Iranian forces and Iraq’s Kurds. He is the co-author of “Iraq’s Armed Forces: An Analytical History” (Routledge, 2008). He obtained his D.Phil. in 2004 in Modern History at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait


Mr. Carmine America is a security manager and senior analyst who specializes in counterterrorism and geopolitical risk mitigation. Currently he works in the Security Department of an European leading Aerospace & Defense industry. He held positions in US companies based in Washington DC and Italy. He is junior associate at the Center for American Studies in Rome and member of the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He was intern at the Italian Navy General Staff, Ministry of Defense in Rome.


Dr. Tarun Basu is President, Society for Policy Studies (SPS – in New Delhi. He is a widely travelled media veteran of four decades and is a commentator on India’s foreign policy, international relations and its engagement with key powers. Under him, SPS curates two key digital interfaces – South Asia Monitor (, a strategic resource on India and South Asia and its perspective on the world and The Indian Diaspora (,  an information and  communication channel between India and its  over 30 million diaspora, one of the world’s largest.


Dr. Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based Turkish political columnist who wrote for Hurriyet Daily News [formerly Turkish Daily News] for 29 years. He has covered Turkey for the U.S. weekly Defense News since 1997. Previously, Bekdil worked as Ankara Bureau Chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He contributes to annual national defense sector reviews for anti-corruption institutions like Transparency International and Global Integrity. Bekdil is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute. He also contributes to Perspectives, a journal of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. James Cuno, art historian and President of the J. Paul Getty Trust, describes Bekdil as “a frequent critic of Prime Minister [now president] Recep Tayyip Erdogan.” In 2001, a Heavy Crimes Court in Ankara sentenced Bekdil to a suspended, 20-month prison sentence for his column in which he satirized corruption in the judiciary. Bekdil’s comments, quotes and articles have been published in international media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, BBC, The Guardian, Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, The Commentator, New York Times, Kathimerini, National Review Online, Algemeiner, NPR, Washington Times, Die Presse, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Toronto Star, Financial Times, Al-Monitor, Le Figaro, ABC, El Pais, Stern, Al-Arabiya, Helsingin Sanomat, Racjonalista, Defence Greece, Moyen-Orient, Courier International, ISN Security Watch and Coloquio (of Congreso Judio Latinoamerico).  (Born: Ankara, 1966; Undergraduate: Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara; Post-graduate: Department of Economics, University of Surrey, United Kingdom)


Dr. Cinzia Bianco is an analyst at Gulf State Analytics. Based in London, UK, Bianco is a regular contributor to GSA’s monthly monitor report, in addition to numerous publications such as the NATO Defense College Foundation, the Middle East Institute, Limes and the Institute for International Affairs (Italy). Throughout her career, Bianco has served as a research fellow for the European Commission’s “Sharaka” project, researching European-GCC relations while based in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE. Previously, she worked as a Junior Analyst for the South Asia and Middle East Forum, a London-based think tank, where she worked on the Gulf Unit. She recently has been appointed a Non-Resident Scholar of TRENDS Research & Advisory Abu Dhabi. Bianco received her M.A. in Middle East and Mediterranean studies from King’s College London and is currently undertaking a PhD program in Gulf security at the University of Exeter, UK. She published “The European Union in the Gulf: New Opportunities for Cooperation” a paper presented at the Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge and published by Gerlach Press in The United States and the Gulf. Shifting Pressures, Strategies and Alignments” (2015).

Dr. Giuliano Bifolchi is a PhD student at University of Rome Tor Vergata and a geopolitical analyst specialised in security, terrorism and Open Source Intelligence. He is also co-founder and OSINT Unit Director of ASRIE – Association of Studies, Research and Internationalization in Eurasia and Africa. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Humanities and a Master Degree in History. In 2012 he earned a MA in Peacebuilding Management & Conflict Resolution

Prof. Asit K. Biswas is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on water and environmental management. He is cofounder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore. Formerly Professor in UK, Canada and Sweden, he was member of the World Commission on Water, and a founder of the International Water Resources Association and World Water Council. He has been senior advisor to 20 governments, six Heads of United Nations Agencies, two Secretary-Generals of OECD, and many other major international and national organizations. He is Past President of the International Water Resources Association and is founder and co-chair of the Club of Tokyo. Among his numerous awards are Crystal Drop and Millennium Prizes of the International Water Resources Association; Walter Huber Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineering. He received the Stockholm Water Prize, considered to be the Nobel Prize for area of water, for ‘his outstanding and multi-faceted contributions to global water resource issues;’ Person of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada; Aragon Environment Prize of Spain; ‘Excellence Award for Achievements’ from New Global Indian Foundation; ‘Hind Rattan Award’ (Jewel of India). Reuters named him as one of the top 10 water trailblazers of the world. He was selected by the Impeller magazine as a ‘true global water hero’, and was named the world’s second most influential water industry leader by Water and Wastewater International of UK. Prof. Biswas was a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and is currently member of the International Advisory Board, Pictet Investments, Geneva; member of the Advisory Board, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; and Strategic Advisor, Singapore International Water Week. He advises Chairman of the Board or CEOs of three major multinational companies which are listed within the first 50 of the Global 500 companies, on corporate strategies, technological issues and social responsibilities. Prof. Biswas is the founder of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and was its Editor-in-Chief for its first 29 years. He has authored or edited 84 books and has published well over 650 scientific and technical papers. His work has now been translated into 38 languages. He is regular contributor to many national and international newspapers on resource and development related issues and also is a television commentator in three continents.


Dr. Alessandro Boncio is Carabinieri OR9 and currently a counter-terrorism lecturer and analyst for the Carabinieri Corps. He was deployed in several international mission in the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa as an intelligence analyst and CT consultant. Mr. Boncio is a member of the EENeT (European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues) as analyst of the foreign terrorist fighters phenomenon. He is currently an MA student in International Relation at Rome University “La Sapienza”. Guest contributor for several think thank and academic journals he also attended specialization courses related to WMD defence and counter terrorism with the Italian Army and various foreign universities.


Prof. Massimo Cacciari is one of the most important Italian philosophers, former mayor of Venice


Prof. Alan W. Cafruny is Professor of International Affairs on the faculty of Government, Hamilton College (USA).  He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles, including The European Union and Global Capitalism:  Origins, Development, Crisis (co-authored with Magnus Ryner, Palgrave, 2017) and Europe at Bay: In the Shadow of US Hegemony (co-authored with Magnus Ryner, Lynne Rienner, 2007). His articles have appeared in a variety of journals in the United States and Europe, including the New Left Review, International Organization, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, Russia in Global Affairs, and the International Spectator.  He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Studies Association (EUSA). He was Visiting Professor (1993-4) and External Professor (1994-2000) in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy)


Dr. Marco Calamai. Electronic Engineer, has been active member of the Trade Unions (FIOM and CGIL). Special adviser of International Organizations (UNDP, ILO, Latin Union) in Latin America, Middle East, Algeria, Kosovo. Journalist and writer has published articles and books on democratic transition in Spain, Portugal, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Iraq, Lebanon. Founder and President of the Association “Convivenze”


Dr. Miriam L. Campanella  is Senior Fellow at ECIPE in Brussels, and holds a Jean Monnet permanent course on Euro monetary and financial policies at the University of Turin. As a Fulbright Professor she taught at the University of Pittsburg, and spent several sabbatical  leaves  at the Center of International Studies ( MIT).   After her  appointment  at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (2001-2008), she switched to emerging Asia covering EM foreign exchange reserves and the creation of  SWFs, RMB, and China’s rebalancing and  financial projection.  Spanning to  central banking, EMU, East Asian financial integration,  the internationalization of the RMB and the emergence of a multi-currency monetary system, she has published in several international think-tanks ECIPE, China Policy Institute, ISPI, and media outlets East Asia Forum, Caixin, EUBulletin. Recent publications include China and Asian Financial Regionalism. Is There a Regional Bloc in the Making? (; The Internationalization of the Renminbi and the rise of a multipolar currency system ( ); Turning China’s money reserves into capital  (…/Policy-Brief-Campanella_v3.pdf). Ups and Downs of Forex Reserves : Prospects for China Playing the ‘US Debt’ Card (…)


Dr. Silvia Carenzi holds a M.A. in Foreign Languages and International Relations; she carried out a dissertation on the doctrinal evolution of jihadism and its development in Western Europe. She is a contributor at “OPI – Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale”.
Her research interests include:
– the evolution of jihadism in Europe;
– jihadist ideology;
– the mechanisms of adaptation characterizing the jihadi galaxy;
– the terrorist threat in the MENA region


Prof. Sabino Cassese. Justice Emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court and Emeritus professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He teaches at the Luiss University – School of Government, Rome. Justice Cassese graduated summa cum laude in law from the University of Pisa in October 1956. He was assistant professor at the Universities of Pisa and Rome and, since 1961, has served as professor at the Universities of Urbino, Naples, and Rome. In 1993-94 he was a member of the Italian Government and from 2005 to 2014 Justice at the Italian Constitutional Court. Sabino Cassese has received a doctor honoris causa degree from seven universities: Aix-en-Provence (1987), Cordoba (1995), Paris II (1998), Castilla-La Mancha (2002), Athens (2002), Macerata (2002), European University Institut (2010),and University of Rome La Sapienza (2016). Among his recent publications: When legal orders collide: the Role of Courts (2010, Global Law Press); L’Italia una società senza Stato (2011, Il Mulino); The Global Polity – Global Dimensions of Democracy and the Rule of Law (2012, Global Law Press, Editorial Derecho Global); Tre maestri del diritto (Editoriale Scientifica, 2012); New Trends in Italian Public Law (with Luisa Torchia, 2012, Esperia Publications, editor); Lo Stato e il suo diritto, (with P. Schiera and A. von Bogdandy, 2013, Il Mulino); Chi governa il mondo? (2013, Il Mulino); Governare gli italiani. Storia dello Stato (2014, Il Mulino); Diritto amministrativo, una conversazione (with Luisa Torchia, 2014, Il Mulino); Dentro la Corte. Diario di un giudice costituzionale, Bologna (2015, Il Mulino); Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law (2016, Elgar, editor); Lezioni sul meridionalismo (2016, Il Mulino, editor); Territori e Potere, (2016, il Mulino)


Dr. Andrea Cellino is the Head of the North Africa desk at DCAF’s Middle East and North Africa Division. As such, he coordinates DCAF’s operations focused on improving security sector governance in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. Before joining DCAF, he worked with the OSCE missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as director of policy planning, and in Ukraine, leading a monitoring team in the conflict zone in the East of the country in 2014-15. Prior to that, he was Deputy Secretary General for Policy at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, heading for 8 years the PA’s outreach programs with parliaments in the MENA region as well as in Eastern Europe. Earlier in his career, he worked in media and communication. Andrea Cellino has a degree and MA in Political Science from the University of Torino in Italy, and a Master in History from the University of California, San Diego.


Prof. Mauro Ceruti is an Italian philosopher. He is one of the pioneers and developers of Complex Systems Theories, Methods and Epistemologies, and of the trans-disciplinary research line usually called “Complex Thinking”, which aims at the innovation of the paradigms of (scientific) rationality. After studying Philosophy at the University of Milan (Italy) with Ludovico Geymonat, Ceruti worked at the University of Geneva, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, and at the Genetic Epistemology International Centre founded by Jean Piaget. Between 1986 and 1993, Ceruti started to work with Edgar Morin at the CETSAP (Research Center in Transdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics) in Paris, developing and expanding his Evolutionary Epistemology project to create a new trans-disciplinary research program, dedicated to structure an Anthropology and Epistemology of Complex Systems, as well as a Complex Anthropology and Epistemology. Between the 80s and the 90s Ceruti founded and directed three scientific journals dedicated to the development of “Complex Thinking”: La Casa di Dedalo, Oikos and Pluriverso. Since 1994 Ceruti has been Professor in the domain of Epistemology and Philosophy of Science in different Italian universities: the University of Parma, the Polytechnic of Milan, the University of Palermo, the Bicocca University of Milan, the University of Bergamo (where he founded the Research Center on Complex Systems CERCO, as well as a Doctoral School in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complex Systems), and the IULM University of Milan. Currently he is member of the following Scientific Committees and Advisory Boards:  European Association for the Modelization of Complexity, MCX, Paris; Edgar Morin Chair of Complexity, ESSEC Business School – École Supérieur des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, Paris; Multiversidad Mundo Real Edgar Morin, Hermosillo; Italian Association for Medicine and Systemic Health, ASSIMSS, Rome; Italian National Centre of Social Prevention and Defense, Milan; Italian Gruppoanalitica Society, SGAI, Milan; Milan Center for Family Therapy, CMTF, Milan; IULM Research Center in Advances Studies in Human Sciences (IULM, Milan); WWF Italy; “Diogène”, journal of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies; “World Futures. The Journal of General Evolution”, Gordon and Beach Science Publishers, New York. Ceruti authored more than 300 writings, which have been published in Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish.


Dr. Marco Cochi is a long-term journalist and researcher with experience in crisis areas, human rights, peace and security issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, is coordinator for Master’s Degree in “Trade, Investment and Cooperation in Africa (African Studies)” at Link Campus University. Experienced for long standing research
projects at European Centre of Excellence Altiero Spinelli – Jean Monnet Chair (University Roma Tre), The Military Centre for Strategic Studies (CeMiSS), Africa Research and Development Forum (Ardf). He is writing for various Italian and English Geopolitics magazine and published many essays Africa-related-topics in international specialist journals


Dr. Giulio Coppi is in charge of the Humanitarian Innovation Department at Fordham IIHA in New York, Founder of High Tech Humanitarians, and CEO of Open Focus, Inc. Giulio has more than 9 years of humanitarian professional experience managing operations in South America, West and Central Africa, South and Central Asia. Giulio earned his BA, MA and MAS in International Law with a specialization on Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in conflict. In his career, Giulio has cooperated with NGOs, Universities, the UN, the OECD and the ICRC. At the IIHA, Giulio oversees the Humanitarian Innovation program of the Institute, with a special focus on Open Source technology, data and evidence based innovaiton and community-based approaches. For this purpose, Giulio fosters relationships with all relevant interlocutors from the non-profit, private, and public sector alike in order to create broad partnerships and to promote a meaningful public debate on the global right of access to life-saving technology. Giulio is also the founder and administrator of the platform High Tech Humanitarians (HTH), of which IIHA is an official partner. HTH is a web based initiative dedicated to the gathering and improvement of open source humanitarian tools, to allow universal access to life-changing technology and to mark the beginning of a continuous bottom-up innovation process


Prof. Anna Maria Cossiga is an anthropologist and a cultural geographer. She currently teaches at the Link Campus University in Rome. Her main topics of research are the links between cultural identity and territory, the simbolic organization of space, diasporas, and religious foundamentalism, with a particular focus on North Africa and the Middle East


The lure of post truth. Or is it lies ? (Anna Maria Cossiga)


Dr. Amit Cowshish retired as Additional Controller General of defence Accounts from the Indian Defence Accounts Service in 2012 after serving for thirty five years. He has wide experience in the field of financial management in defence. During his career he also served on deputation with the Central Vigilance Commission and the Ministry of Defence in various capacities. He is a former Financial Advisor (Acquisition) & Additional Secretary.  While serving on deputation with the Ministry of Defence, he handled Defence Planning, budget and procurements. He was associated with drafting of the Defence Procurement Manual 2009 and its 2010 supplement. He was member secretary of the Defence Expenditure Review Committee (2009) and is presently member of a committee set up by the Ministry of Defence to explore the possibility of setting up a Defence Procurement Organisation. He attended the Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration and the National Security and Strategic Course at the National Defence College, New Delhi. He did is M.A. and M. Phil in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and LL B (Bachelor of Laws) from Delhi University, a Post-graduate diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, pre-degree diplomas in Russian and Persian Languages from Jawaharlal Nehru University. and a diploma in Urdu Language from National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language. He is presently a Distinguished Fellow with the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, Senior Visiting Fellow with the Delhi Policy Group, and a partner with Dua Associates, Advocates and Solicitors. He has been writing on issues related to defence finance and has contributed more than 200 articles to various websites, journals and newspapers. He is on the editorial board of two defence journals


Professor Emeritus Michael Cox, The London School  of Economics and Political Science. Department of International Relations – Professor of International Relations, Head of Programme for Transatlantic Relations. LSE IDEAS – Co-Director. Chatham House – Associate Research Fellow. European Consortium for Political Research – Executive Committee. Royal Institute of International Affairs – Chair of United States Discussion Group


Prof. Bob de Graaff is professor for intelligence and security studies, working in the Department for History of International Relations at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He was trained as a historian and held positions at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Institute for Netherlands History in The Hague, The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam, the University Leiden, and the Netherlands Defense Academy in Breda. He was professor for societal reconstruction after conflict at the University of Utrecht (2005-2010), professor for terrorism and counterterrorism at the Campus The Hague of the University of Leiden (2007-2009) and professor for intelligence and security at the Netherlands Defense Academy (2010-2017). In 1991 he was one of the founders of the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA), of which he is still a board member. He is also board member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE). In 2015 he was co-founder of IAFIE’s European chapter, of which he is currently the chairman. Bob de Graaff has written extensively on intelligence, security, terrorism, radicalization and apocalyptic violence.


Prof. Adriano De Maio. Full Professor of Complex Project Management at Politecnico di Milano from 2006 to 2011. Rector of Politecnico di Milano from 1994 to 2002. Rector of Luiss Guido Carli University (Rome) from 2002 to 2005. Government commissioner of CNR (Italian National Council of Research) in 2003 and 2004. President of IRER (Lombardy Institute of Research) from 1996 to 2010. Delegated by the President of Regione Lombardia for Higher Education, Research and Innovation from 2005 to 2008. At present, Prof. Adriano De Maio is member of the board of many private companies. He has been member of the Scientific Board of Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Fondazione Politecnico, Fondazione Snaidero. Former President of the CEN Foundation (European Centre for Nanomedicine). Former Vicepresident of SEMM (European School of Molecular Medicine). Former President of Alumni Association of the Pavia Ghislieri College. Author of several publications about Operative Research, General Management, Project Management, Innovation Management and Strategies. President of AREA Science Park, Trieste, from 2012 to 2016. Rector of Link Campus University, Rome, from 2014


Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title, Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and a forthcoming book, Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa


Prof. Emmanuel Dupuy est Président de l’Institut Prospective et Sécurité en Europe (IPSE), Professeur associé à l’Université Paris-Sud (Géopolitique, questions de sécurité et défense), ancien conseiller ministériel (au sein du Secrétariat d’Etat à la Défense et aux Anciens Combattants  – SEDAC). Il fut, également, chargé  de mission auprès de l’Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes Stratégiques de l’Ecole militaire (IRSEM). Il est, par ailleurs, membre du Conseil scientifique du FITS. Il préside le Centre pour le Développement de l’amitié franco-iranienne (CDAFI). Sur le plan politique, il est Secretaire national de l’UDI charge des questions de Defense et vice-président chargé des questions internationales du parti Les Centristes


Prof. Antonio Ereditato. I got my PhD in 1987 at the University of Napoli with a thesis on experimental neutrino physics. I had positions in Strasbourg, CERN, Nagoya and INFN Napoli, before moving to Bern in 2006 as Full Professor of Experimental Particle Physics and Director of LHEP. My research activity included so far particle physics experiments on hadronic dimuon production, neutrino electron scattering, neutrino oscillation physics, high-energy proton-proton collisions and low energy antimatter, conducted at CERN, LNGS, Fermilab and J-PARC. I have been Spokesperson of the OPERA experiment at LNGS. I worked in the development of novel particle detectors: wire chambers, fiber calorimeter, capillary detectors, emulsion detectors, liquid Argon TPCs. I am author of more than 900 scientific publications out of which several review articles, and presented over 30 invited papers to International Conferences. I have been or I am presently member of international scientific committees: LHCC, CNGS, SPSC at CERN, PAC at JINR Dubna, and served in Advisory or Organization Committees of International Conferences (e.g. CALOR and NEUTRINO series). I have been editor of the New Journal of Physics and referee of various international physics journals. I am currently Editor In Chief of Instruments. As far as peer reviewing activities are concerned, I served in the INTAS proposal committee, the Italian Research Ministry evaluation committee, the European Research Council, etc. In Switzerland I have been in the Executive Committee of CHIPP and currently member of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Council. So far, I have been supervisor of more than 45 Master and PhD students. In 2015 I shared the Breakthrough Prize for Physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations


Prof. Amitai Etzioni is Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. He served as a Senior Advisor at the Carter White House and taught at Columbia University, Harvard Business School, and University of California at Berkeley.  A study by Richard Posner ranked him among the top 100 American intellectuals.  His most recent book, Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box, was published by Routledge in 2016


Prof. Giovanni Farese. Associate Professor of Economic and Social History and of History of Economic Thought at the European University of Rome, where he also teaches History of Development. He is Adjunct Professor of Economic History at LUISS University. He is Managing Editor of The Journal of European Economic History. He is co-moderator of the Aspen Institute Italia Seminar ‘Globalization, Leadership and the Quest for Common Values’. He is Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (Spring 2017). He edited Sergio Paronetto e il formarsi della costituzione economica italiana (with S. Baietti, 2012, Rubbettino), and Over the Wall. Foreign Direct Investment in Italy and China – and the path towards common growth (with P. Guerrieri and H. Luo, 2013, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press). He authored Luigi Einaudi. Un economista nella vita pubblica (2012, Rubbettino), and Il banchiere del mondo. Eugene Robert Black e l’ascesa della cultura dello sviluppo (with P. Savona, 2014, Rubbettino). His latest paper is “The culture of investment-led international development: the Chatham House circle (1939-1945) and lessons for today”, International Affairs, 6, 2016. He writes for the review section (‘Political economy, economics and development’) of International Affairs, the journal of Chatham House. He is Fellow of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought


Dr. Marco Filoni is a journalist. Ph.D. in History of Philosophy (2005), he was Researcher at Politecnico di Milano; chercheur associéat Centre International d’Etude de la Philosophie Française Contemporaine at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris; Researcher at Istituto di Studi Superiori dell’Università, Bologna. He is Culture Editor of the weekly magazine «Pagina99». He wrote: Lo spazio inquieto. La città e la paura, Edizioni di Passaggio, Palermo 2014; Kojève mon ami, Aragno, Torino 2013; Il filosofo della domenica. La vita e il pensiero di Alexandre Kojève, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2008 (french trad. Gallimard, “Bibliothèque des idées”, Paris 2010). He has also edited several books including Alexandre Kojève, La nozione dell’autorità, Adelphi, Milano 2011; Alexandre Kojève, Identité et Réalité dans le « Dictionnaire » de Pierre Bayle, Gallimard, Paris 2010


Prof. Franco Frattini is the Programme leader of the MA in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the Link Campus University. He is an Italian Magistrate, appointed State Prosecutor on 1981. On 1986 he is appointed by public competition Administrative magistrate. Today he is Justice and Chamber President to the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat) and President of SIOI (Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale). He served twice as Former Italian Foreign Minister (2002-2004 and 2008-2011), and as Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security (2004-2008)


Hillel Frisch is a professor in the Departments of Political Studies and Middle East Studies in Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Senior Researcher in the BESA Center for Strategic Studies. His latest books are Israeli Security and its Arab Citizens  (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Palestinian Armies and Militias (Routledge 2008). He has written numerous articles on Palestinian and Arab politics and security issues in the Middle East in leading political science and regional journals. His latest articles include a special issue of Journal of Strategic Studies (2013) on the role of Arab armies in the recent Arab revolutions, a comparison between the two intifadas and Hamas: A Social Welfare Government or War Machine?  (BESA, 2015  (also appeared in Daily Alert) and ISIS in The ISIS Challenge in Syria; Implications for Israeli Security (BESA, May 2016) and (Republished in Tablet and the Daily Alert), and  The ABCs of Judea and Samaria: Towards Breakdown?, Jerusalem Post Weekly Magazine, (BESA April 2016)  


Dr. Giuseppe Gadaleta is an Army Officer with more than twenty years of experience most of them spent within International Organizations both in Italy and abroad dealing with Crisis Management, Operational Planning and Policy. In 2005 he served as United Nations Observer in Western Sahara. Currently he works in a NATO entity. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Management and Organizational Science and a Master Degree in Law. In 2016 he earned a MA in Intelligence and Security at the Link Campus University in Rome completing a thesis on Risk Management


Dr. Giuseppe Gagliano graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan. He is currently Chairman Cestudec (Center for Strategic Studies Carlo De Cristoforis). He has collaborated with the “Maritime Magazine”, the Italian Society of Military History, the Centro de Estudos em Geopolítica e Relações Intenacionais (Brazil), the Centre Français de Recherche sur le Renseignement, the Sage International Australian, the Terrorism Research Analysis American Consortium , “Modern Diplomacy”,”Intellector”, Research Institute for European Studies, “Securite Globale”, Belgian Intelligence Studies Center, “Cahiers Inlichtingenstudies “,”Cahiers de la sécurité et de la justice”. He was also member of the Advisory Board of the magazines International:  “International Journal of Science”(Serbia) and “Socrates Journal”(India).He is the author of numerous essays in the philosophy of politics and strategy. L’intellettuale in rivolta (Rubettino, 2012); La democrazia totalitaria (Aracne, 2014); Il concetto di totalitarismo (Aracne, 2015); Ernst Jünger, a cura di Luigi Iannone, (Solfanelli, 2015); Introduzione alla filosofia politica kantiana (Armando, 2016); Pace e guerra giusta nella riflessione di Erasmo da Rotterdam,(La scuola di Pitagora,2016); Guerra psicologica,disinformazione e movimenti sociali,Aracne,2012; Nicolas Moinet, Intelligence economica (a cura di Gagliano Giuseppe), Fuoco,2012; Problemi e prospettive della ecologia radicale e dell’ecoterrorismo,A racne,2012; Guerra economica e intelligence Fuoco,2013; La Geoeconomia nel pensiero strategico contemporaneo Fuoco,2015 ; Stato,potenza e guerra economica Fuoco,2016; Intelligence economica e guerra dell’informazione Rubettino,2016; Guerre et intelligence économique dans la pensée de Christian Harbulot,Va Press,2016


Prof. Paola Giannetakis is Extraordinary Professor at the Link Campus University in Rome. She is a behavioral analyst, specialized in applied psychology to intelligence and security. She studied in US, Italy and UK and her research interests are counter-terrorism, behavior analysis and identification of risk, deception and lie detection, mind and neuro weapons, cybercrime behavior.


Criminalità organizzata, system analysis e criminal intelligence. A brief introduction (Paola Giannetakis)

The Complexity of Social Interactions, the borderline between competition and conflict by Paola Giannetakis


Dr. Richard Giragosian is The Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), Yerevan, Armenia


Ashima Goyal, professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India, is widely published in institutional and open economy macroeconomics, international finance and governance and has provided consultancy to ADB, DEA, GDN, UNDP, RBI, UN ESCAP and WB. She is the author of three books Macroeconomics and Markets in Developing and Emerging Economies (Routledge- UK, 2016), History of Monetary Policy in India since Independence (Springer, 2014), and Developing Economy Macroeconomics: Fresh Perspectives (Allied, New Delhi, 1999); editor of Macroeconomics and Markets in India: Good luck or good policy? (Routledge- UK, 2012), Handbook of the Indian Economy in the 21st Century: Understanding the Inherent Dynamism (OUP- India, 2014) and A Concise Handbook of the Indian Economy in the 21st Century (OUP- India, 2015). She also edits the Routledge journal Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies. She is active in the Indian policy debate, and has served on several government committees, boards of educational and of financial institutions. She has a blog at the Economic Times and a monthly column at the Hindu Business Line. She was a visiting fellow at the Economic Growth Centre, Yale University, USA, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University, USA. Her research has received national and international awards. She won two best research awards at GDN meetings at Tokyo (2000) and Rio de Janeiro (2001), was selected as one of the four most powerful women in economics, a thought leader, by Business Today (2008), and received the first Professor P.R. Brahmananda Memorial Research Grant Award. More details are available at


Dr. Tristan Kenderdine is research director at Future Risk (http:/, working on trade, industry and agricultural policy across China, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. He has worked extensively on confidential commissioned research projects on macroeconomics, political risk and economic geography in China, Southeast Asia and Central Asia including as Junior Expert for the European Commission. Tristan worked in Beijing for research and advisory China Policy for three years with work covering China’s agricultural and metals commodities markets; cross‐border e‐commerce, international maritime law and polar policy, fiscal policy and agricultural finance. He has worked for major governments in Europe and corporate clients in Australia, North America, Singapore, and Russia. Tristan has taught public policy at the Australian National University and Dalian Maritime University and has delivered presentations to Peking University, Australian Treasury, Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia, McKinsey Financial and BBC World News.


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kar holds a Doctorate in Management and he is an Associate Professor & the Head of Department of Management Studies (NOIDA), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT). Prior to joining RGIPT, he worked at School of Petroleum Management, PDPU Gandhi Nagar and IIM Ahmedabad. As a visiting faculty, he had been associated with the Chonnam National University (South Korea), National Institute of Fashion Technology, India and other national level management institutes. He has more than 14 years of research and teaching experience. He regularly contributes articles to refereed journals and books. He has contributed numerous book chapters to several books published by reputed national and international publishers. He co-edited a book “Energy Sustainability Through Green Energy” published by Springer. His other co-edited book ‘Natural Gas Market in India’ to be published by Springer, Singapore in 2017. To his credit, he has several case studies, research papers, book chapters, conference papers and presentations. Sanjay has published research papers in peer reviewed journals such as Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Advances in Energy Research, Oil, Gas, Energy Law Intelligence, Journal of Emerging Markets Case Studies, Asian Case Research Journal, Renewable Energy Law and Policy, Vikalpa etc. He regularly contributes opinion articles to Economic Times, South Asia Monitor, Financial Express, DNA, The HansIndia, Modern Diplomacy, and Iran Review. He serves as a reviewer to many prestigious journals like Energy Policy, Vikalpa, Journal of Emerging Markets Case Studies, Journal of Services Research etc. He regularly conducts Management Development programs for corporate executives, government officials etc. Large number of executives have benefited from such training programs.


Dr. Antonio Lamanna is the President and co-founder of The Alpha Institute of Geopolitics and Intelligence. He is graduated in International Relations at La Sapienza University of Rome. His research interests are geopolitics and geography of cyberspace


Dr. Mirko Lapi is a critical thinking and analysis’ methodologies expert. He currently coordinates the School Analysis of Master Intelligence and Security at the link Campus University where he teaches Intelligence awareness and Structured Analytic Techniques. He is also member of Intelligence Association of Intelligence Education (IAFIE)


Dr Stefania Lazzari CelliBorn in Roma in 1952, she is graduated in Economics at the Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (today LUISS Guido Carli) of Rome and she obtained a specialization in Development Economics. She is speaking French and English well. From 1976 to 1985 she was researcher and assistant at the Luiss University, chair of Political Economy, and she collaborated with Research Institutes and Economic Planning for development projects of various Italian regions and several countries of the Mediterranean. From 1979 to 2008 has developed activities in several private and public enterprises as EFIM, IRI. Fintecna spa and Bonifica spa with a role of manager. She has been also consultant of several Italian Ministry as the Labour Ministry, Cultural Ministry and Ministry of European Union Policy. Since 2009 is General Manager of Eurilink, the University Press of Link Campus University and, since 2011, is General Secretary of Link Campus University Foundation


Dr. Peter Layton is a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.  He has extensive defence experience including teaching grand strategy at the Eisenhower College, US National Defence University. For his work at the Pentagon, he was awarded the US Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.  He contributes regularly to the public policy debate on defence and foreign policy issues. He has a doctorate from the University of New South Wales on grand strategy and a Masters in Strategic Studies from Deakin University.  He has also completed a Fellowship at the European University Institute in Italy.  His research interests include grand strategy, national security policies particularly as relates to middle powers, defence force, structure concepts and armed non-state actors

Prof. Marco Mayer has thirty-year expertise in International Affairs, rooted in both his personal experience and his academic activity. His fields of knowledge ecompass Cyber International Politics and Cyber Security, Multi-Track Diplomacy and Human Rights, Intelligence and Security Studies, Peacekeeping and Civilian/Military Cooperation, Global Health and International Aid. Marco Mayer is member of the UN Security Council (SCAD) Roster of Experts on Sanctions. He is the Director of the Intelligence and Security MA at Link Campus University. He currently teaches ad Adjunt Professor Cyberspace and International Politics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Conflict and Development at LUISS University, Rome and Cyberspace at UNIMORE /CRIS Università di Modena/Reggio & Scuola Telecomunicazione FFAA, Ma Cyberdefence, Chiavari. Prof. Mayer has also served the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK, 1999/2002)


Prof. Pierluigi Matera is attorney-at-law in Rome – also qualified for supreme jurisdiction – and Associate professor of Comparative Law at Link Campus University, Rome. In the same University he serves as Pro Rector an as programme leader of Faculty of Law and also lectures in Company law. He is the Executive Director of IDEMS – Centre of Research for Sport Law and Management – and as such he is the coordinator for the MBA in Sport Law and Management. He is currently Vice Prosecutor-General (firt deputy) of Italian Sport for CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) and Arbitrator for the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne. He is also qualified mediator, since June 2011. During his career, he has joined and cooperated with a number of research centres and organisations; and has lectured in Comparative Law and in Company Law for several Italian and European universities. He directed postgraduate programmes and undergraduate programmes. He is member of the steening and scientific committee of several legal reviews and journals. He was visiting fellow for the Faculty of Law of University of Cambridge, England (March-September 2008), academic visitor for UNED of Madrid (Spain) and visiting professor for the University of East Anglia, London Academy of Diplomacy (UK). He has been speaker in a large number of national and international conferences on the aforementioned matters. He is author of more than 40 scientific publications.


Prof. Carlo Maria Medaglia received his PhD in Remote Sensing at the Department of Scientific and Technical Information and Communication of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Roma “La Sapienza” in 2004. Since 1999 he has worked at numerous national and international research centers. Carlo Maria Medaglia was also visiting professor at several American universities. He is currently Pro Rector at Link Campus University. He is also Director of the Department of Research and Scientific Director of the research center Dasic and of LINKIT at the Link Campus University which have as its workforce, more than 100 researchers and professors who focus their attention on four areas of research: Smart Government & eInclusion, Smart Cities and Communities, Education & Hybrid Learning and Interaction Design. He has more than 200 articles published in international journals and conference proceedings. Carlo Maria Medaglia is a principal investigator of more than 10 projects under the Framwork Programme 2007-2013, and numerous projects at national and regional level. Carlo Maria Medaglia is currently expert and evaluator of the Directorate General of the European Commission DG CONNECT


Prof. Amb. Maurizio Melani is Extraordinary Professor at the Link Campus University in Rome, former Director General in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to Iraq, to the Political and Security Commettee of the European Union and to Ethiopia


L’Italia e l’Europa in un mondo che cambia. Una riflessione sulle priorità (Lettera Diplomatica)


Prof. Alberto Melloni studied history and church history in Bologna, Cornell and Fribourg with Eugenio Corecco, JeanMarie Tillard, Brian Tierney and mostly with professor Giuseppe Alberigo at the Bologna Institute for Religious Studies where he entered in 1982. He taught in Bologna and Roma 3; he is now full professor oh History of Christianity at the University of Modena-Reggio and Chair Holder of the Unesco Chair on Religious Pluralism and Peace for his University and the University of Bologna. Since 2007 he is director of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna, as successor of Prof. Giuseppe Alberigo


Prof. Joseph Mifsud is the Director of the London Academy of Diplomacy, University of Stirling, London. He is an Honorary Professor of the University of East Anglia. He is a Board Member of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a member of the VALDAI discussion group. Professor Mifsud has served prominently in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta and is considered one of the top experts in academic diplomacy and in Euro-Mediterranean and Gulf relations. His current focus is on migration, energy and geo-strategic considerations, the discussions on the EU referendum in the UK and the EU in world politics including EU-Russia relations


Dr Sacchidananda Mukherjee is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. NIPFP is one of the premiere think tanks in Asia working on public finance and fiscal policy issues. Dr Mukherjee is associated with Tax Research Cell of the Institute and conducting policy research on revenue mobilization, taxation, and tax administration for a decade. He has studied at the Madras School of Economics, Chennai (Ph.D. in Economics from University of Madras) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (M.A. in Economics). He has conducted research projects and training programmes on public finance and fiscal policy issues for government officials in India and extensively published his research papers in national and international journals. His areas of research expertise include design and implementation of Goods and Services Taxes (GST), Value Added Tax (VAT), tax reforms, revenue mobilization and tax administration. Prior to NIPFP, he was with International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Hyderabad and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-India, New Delhi. He has worked on public finance, environmental economics and water resources management issues in India for more than a decade. His recent co-edited books are – “Environmental Scenario in India: Successes and Predicaments” and “Environmental Challenges and Governance: Diverse perspectives from Asia” – published by Routledge, U.K. & U.S.A.


Dr. Alberto Negri is war correspondent and writer from 1987 at Il Sole 24 Ore, the leading daily business newspapaer in Italy. He writes about Middle East, Africa, Balkans, Central Asia. He is also member of the board of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), of Cipmo (Center for Peace in Middle East) and member of italian board of Unrwa. He is the author of “Il turbante e la corona. Iran, trent’anni dopo” (The Turban and the Crown: Iran, Thirty Years After). He covers from 1980 the wars and the major political events of Middle East, North Africa, Balkans and Central Asia. In 2007 he was awarded with Prize Antonio Russo for war reportage, in 2009 with Maria Grazia Cutuli International Journalist Prize, in 2014 with Colombe per la pace Prize


Dr Tess Newton Cain is the principal consultant of TNC Pacific Consulting based in Brisbane, Australia. Tess is a citizen of Vanuatu, where she lived for almost 20 years. She is a Visiting Fellow to the Development Policy Centre of the Australian National University and and Adjunct Principal Research Fellow to the Cairns Institute of James Cook University. Tess is a recognised expert on Pacific policy with a particular focus on Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism. She is a contributing author to ‘The New Pacific Diplomacy’ edited by Gregory Fry & Sandra Tarte (ANU, 2015) and a co-editor of ‘Pacific Stories’ (with Dr Matthew Dornan) which brings together the best of the Pacific focused posts to the Devpolicy blog


Dr. Alessandro Niglia is responsible for the coordination of programs of cooperation for peace and security in NATO partner countries. He is lead author and editor of the books published by NATO “The Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Emerging Security Challenges” and “Critical Infrastructure Protection Against Hybrid Warfare Security Related Challenges”. Prior, he worked at the EU Commission at DG Regional & Urban Policy and he was a Consultant at Capgemini working with the European Space Agency (ESA). Furthermore, he collaborated with the Department of European Planning and Governance from Roma Capitale. Dr. Niglia graduated cum laude in Political Science and European Studies and holds a Post-Graduate Master in Geo-politics and Global Security as well as an Executive Master in Project Management from Il Sole 24 Ore


Dr. James H. Nolt. Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute since 1995.  Adjunct Associate Professor of International Relations, New York University.  Member, World Economic Roundtable, New York. Former Founding Dean, NUPT-NYIT International College, Nanjing, China (my own experience in globalization of education) for which I was awarded the 2010 May First Labor Medal in Jiangsu Province, China. Author of International Political Economy: The Business of War and Peace, Routledge Press, 2015. Weekly blog: Occasional blog: (search Nolt). Most interesting recent paper: “Capitalist Crises and the Myth of the Money Supply,” Class, Race and Corporate Power (2015). PhD, University of Chicago, Political Science. MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Economics. Numerous TV and radio interviews


Prof. Luigi Paganetto is a professor of European economics and a professor emeritus at Tor Vergata University of Rome. He is president of the Tor Vergata Economics Foundation and of the CEIS, the Centre for Economic and International Studies, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy. He was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and full professor of international economics at the Faculty of Economics, Tor Vergata University, Secretary General of the International Economic Association (IEA) from 2008 to 2011, and President of ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment), from 2007 to 2009. He was also Vice President of CNR, and a member of the High Level Group for the Lisbon objectives (Kok Group for the Lisbon strategy). He is author of several articles and books on macroeconomic theory, international economics and European industrial economics.


Prof. Pierluigi Paganini is Chief Information Security Officer at Bit4ld, firm leader in identity management, member of ENISA (European Unione Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group, he is also a collaborator at the GIPAF Group, Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance – Administrative Prevention of Payment Card Fraud (GIPAF), Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Professor at Link Campus University MPA. Editorial manager at Tech Economy for the Security Notes Channel and Editor-in-Chief at “Cyber Defense Magazine”, Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness lead Pierluigi to find the security blog Security Affairs named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierlugi is a member of the Dark Reading Editorial team and he is a regolar contributor for some major publications in the cyber security field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books “The Deep Dark Web” and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”, coming soon the new book “Dark Web Reloaded”


Dr. Yahya Pallavicini is a second generation Muslim Italian citizen. Imam and vice-president of the Italian CO.RE.IS. (Islamic Religious Community), counselor and director of the Committee for Culture and Inter-religious Dialogue of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Italy (the Great Mosque of Rome) and ambassador of ISESCO (Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture) for dialogue among civilizations. He is adviser on Islam at the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, University and Research since the last five legislatures. Lecturer on Islam at the NATO Defense College in Rome. He teaches on the Koran and its interpretations in the Master’s program of Abrahamic religions at the Catholic University of Milan, on Islamic knowledge and the Islamic world in the Master’s program of Intercultural communication at the Swiss Italian University of Lugano and Interreligious Dialogue in the prevention of radicalism in the Master’s program in economic, geopolitical and intelligence security of SIOI (Italian Society for the International Organization of Rome). For over a decade he has collaborated with the office of the President of the European Commission. He is a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders and of the delegation of international Muslim scholars at the Catholic-Muslim Forum held in the Vatican in 2008 and 2014. He has been included — in the category of institutional representatives — among the five hundred most influential Muslims in the world.


Sicurezza e Libertà (Religiosa). Commento alla lectio magistralis del Ministro Minniti by Yahya Pallavicini

Muslim Leaders and Terrorism

Nel 2017 le ‘contaminazioni culturali’ non possono più fare paura


Dr. Rajaram Panda (Ph.D., JNU, 1981) currently holds the ICCR Chair in Indian Studies Visiting Professor at Reitaku University, JAPAN. Earlier he was Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Chief Program Coordinator at The Japan Foundation New Delhi Office, Foreign Editor of Newstime English daily and a Visiting Faculty at the Centre for Japanese Studies, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, JNU. He is the author of two books (sole authored) and co-edited six books, besides contributing Chapters to 19 books. He has contributed 131 research papers, many of which appeared in peered-reviewed journals such as IFANS Review, Asia-Pacific Review, Strategic Analyses, Journal of Defence Studies, Asian Survey, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, The Korean Journal of Defence Analyses, Journal of Comparative Asian Development, Reitaku Journal of Inter-disciplinary Studies and others. His two sole-authored books are Pacific Partnership: Japan-Australia Resource Diplomacy (1982) and Japan and the Third World (1994). His latest edited book is India-Vietnam Relations: Retrospect and Prospect (2016). He has also a strong presence in the websites of leading think tanks in India and abroad and in print media and a regular contributor of commentaries to All India Radio. His research interests have been focused on security/strategic issues of larger Asia-Pacific region, including that of Japan, Korea and the Southeast Asia. He is widely traveled and has presented papers at conferences in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Paris, Manila, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Seoul, India, etc. E-mail:


Mr. Sungtae (Jacky) Park is currently a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. He also participated in the Center for the National Interest’s young leaders program and was a research associate at the Congressional Research Service. Mr. Park specializes in international security and great power politics. He brings experience from multiple institutions in Washington DC, where he dealt with day-to-day management and conducted in-depth research and analysis on regions and topics ranging from U.S. foreign policy, emerging military technologies, arms control, defense analysis, energy development, the Middle East, Europe, and many more. Mr. Park earned his BA from Brandeis University, where he wrote a senior thesis on Russia’s strategy in Ukraine and Germany, and obtained an MA from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he completed a master’s thesis on national identities and Korean strategies toward great powers throughout history


Dr. Pietro Piro (Termini Imerese 1978) is an Italian sociologist and essayist. His most recent works are: Auschwitz is still possible? Themes and topics for a civil thinking (2016); The virtuous community. A challenge to social conformity (2016)



Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is an Iranian-American scholar, author and U.S. foreign policy specialist. Rafizadeh is the president of the International American Council. He serves on the board of Harvard International Review at Harvard University and Harvard International Relations Council. He is a member of the Gulf 2000 Project at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Previously he served as ambassador to the National Iranian-American Council based in Washington DC. He can be contacted at:, or on Twitter: @Dr_Rafizadeh


Dr. Apurva Sanghi, currently based in Moscow, is the World Bank’s Lead Economist for the Russian Federation. Prior to that, he was based in Nairobi, Kenya as the Lead Economist for Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Eritrea. Before Kenya, Apurva was based in Washington DC where he led the Economic Growth Cluster of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department. He is a selective commentator on economic issues with views expressed in the pages of major international media outlets such as the Financial Times; the Economist; Project Syndicate, and popular blog sites such as the World Bank’s and Brookings. Apurva is also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Special Report on Extreme Events, and was the team leader for the joint World Bank – UN flagship project on the economics of disasters. He has worked on development topics ranging from infrastructure and climate change to microfinance and agricultural economics. Before joining the World Bank, Apurva worked in private sector consulting; for the Thailand Development Research Institute; and held teaching and research positions at the University of Chicago, Thammasat University (Bangkok), and Yale University. Apurva holds college degrees in physics and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a PhD from the University of Chicago, where his core training was in growth and macroeconomics.


LT Cdr (IT Navy) Flavio Sanguigni holds a Master Degree in Crime Terrorism and Global Security at the Stafforshire University in UK. He is currently employed at the IT Joint Operational HQ in Rome, and in the last years has served with the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions/operations as advisor for the Maritime Security Agencies in the Horn of Africa. In Somalia, he has directly worked with the Police and Coast Guard advising high-ranking officials and the related Ministry. Throughout his carer, he has participated at the major international military operations around the world, and has collaborated with private companies and institutions as security advisor and analyst. He is a firm believer that unbiased and effective analysis can be done only when an area is known from ground zero; for this reason, he has travelled solo the Middle East, North Africa and Horn of Africa, including Yemen where he has attended different Arabic languages courses. Considering himself a lifelong learner, he is open to any experience that can improve his knowledge, and allow for his experience to be exploited.


Dr. Stefano Sarsale holds two master’s degrees in International Relations and Security and Terrorism. Specialized in the MENA and South-east Asia, he previously worked for the Centre for International Studies (Ce.S.I.) in Rome, the University of Kent’s Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv and the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Centre (ESISC) in Brussels. He is also specialized in terrorism and conflict-related issued, on which he published a number of articles for the think tanks where he previously worked but also Global Risk Insights ( and the Analysis blog Europinione ( which he contributed to creating. He is currently working for Frontex, the European Union border and coast guard agency within the Risk Analysis Unit

Dr. Piero Schiavazzi, vaticanist and analyst of the Italian edition of The Huffington Post and of the Italian review of geopolitics, Limes. Le Monde reported that he has conducted televised interviews of over one hundred international personalities and protagonists of our time, such as Mandela, Mother Teresa, Rabin and Arafat. In the last 20 years he has managed and coordinated cultural events dealing with geopolitical and economic topics, along with the participation of the highest representatives of the Vatican. Beginning with the 2016 – 2017 academic year, the Link Campus University appointed him as professor of Vatican Geopolitics: it is the first time in the world that a course with this name has entered into the scientific program of a Department of Political Sciences.


“Healthy dis-union” by Piero Schiavazzi


Prof. Vincenzo Scotti is the President of Link Campus University. He is former italian minister of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Labour. His fields of research are, in particular, development economics, political science and international relations


(Diario Minimo) Elezioni italiane e l’agenda politica del 2017 (Vincenzo Scotti)


Commodore Abhay K Singh (Retd) is Research Fellow at the Military Affairs Centre of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He is an  Indian Navy veteran with extensive command and staff experience spanning 27 years. A surface warfare officer with a specialisation in Missile and Gunnery Warfare, he has commanded various naval platforms which include frontline frigate, submarine rescue & deep diving vessel, and fleet auxiliary. He has also served as a Director (Military Affairs) in Disarmament and International Security Division of Ministry of External Affairs. Cmde Abhay K Singh is an alumnus of Naval Academy, Defence Services Staff Course and Naval War College. He has completed his MSc (Defence and Strategic Studies) from Madras Unvirsity and MPhil from Mumbai University


Prof. Anthony Julian Tamburri is Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College, CUNY) and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. He is co-founder and co-director of Bordighera Press, past president of the Italian American Studies Association and of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. Concentrating on cinema, literature, and semiotics, he has authored more than a dozen books, which include: Of Saltimbanchi and Incendiari: Aldo Palazzeschi and Avant-Gardism in Italy (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1990); To Hyphenate or not to Hyphenate (Guernica, 1991); A Semiotic of Ethnicity: In (Re)cognition of the Italian/American Writer (SUNY, 1998); Italian/American Short Films & Videos: A Semiotic Reading (Purdue UP, 2002); Semiotics of Re-reading: Guido Gozzano, Aldo Palazzeschi, and Italo Calvino (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2003); Narrare altrove: diverse segnalature letterarie (Cesati, 2007); Una semiotica dell’etnicità (Cesati, 2007); Re-viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema (Bordighera, 2011); and Re-reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2014). He is executive producer and host of the Calandra Institute’s TV program, Italics, produced in collaboration with CUNY TV. He was also one of the founders of


Dr Germana Tappero Merlo is member of the Directors Board of the Italian Society of Military History (SISM),  analyst and lecturer  of international politics, Middle East and Africa’s security. Analyst in cybersecurity, consultant in competitive intelligence and political risk assessment, she has over two decades of experience working on international security and counter-terrorism politics.


Dr. Ivan Timofeev has been a Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) since 2011.  He is responsible for the intellectual performance of RIAC, managing its programs and projects.  His personal background at RIAC includes working with Russian and foreign diplomats, governmental officials, experts, businessmen and NGO-leaders regarding Russia’s foreign policy and public diplomacy. Since 2015 he also heads a “Euro-Atlantic Security” program at Valdai Discussion Club. Before joining RIAC, Dr. Timofeev was the Head of Analytical Monitoring Center and Associate Professor at MGIMO-University (2009-2011).He was awarded a doctoral degree in Political Science at MGIMO in 2006. He has a Master of Arts in Society and Politics (Lancaster University and Central European University, 2003) and a B.A. in Sociology (Saint-Petersburg State University, 2002). Dr. Timofeev is an author and co-author of more than 70 publications, issued in Russian and foreign academic press. He is a member of editorial board at the “Comparative Politics” – an academic journal on foreign policy and political science. He is also a member of the board at “Modern Development Technologies” – a Moscow based NGO, focused on the social programs for the Russian regions. In 2013 Dr. Timofeev was elected as a Professor of the Academy for Military Science.


Amb. Roberto Toscano concluded, at the end of 2010, forty years as an Italian diplomat. During such period he served in a number of posts: Santiago, Moscow, Madrid, Washington, Geneva/UN, and finally, as ambassador, Tehran (2003-2008) and New Delhi (2008-2010). In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he worked in different capacities, and in particular was head of Policy Planning for seven years. A Law graduate from the University of Parma, he then attended both the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University and – as a Fulbright Fellow – the School of Advanced International Studies –SAIS (Washington), where he received his MA in International Relation in 1968. In 1987-88  he was Fellow of the Center for International Affairs of Harvard University  and, in the first semester of 2011, Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington.  He is the author of a number of books and articles published in several countries – in particular on ethics and international relations, human rights, conflict prevention. Speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian. He now lives in Madrid, where he is Visiting Professor at IE University. He is also Senior Research Associate of CIDOB, a Barcelona think tank. A columnist for the Italian daily La Repubblica, he is President of the Intercultura Foundation (Italy) and a member of the scientific board of RESET/Dialogue on Civilizations.


Prof. Piergiorgio Valente is Chairman of the Fiscal Committee of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne(CFE), Chairman of the International Tax Committee of the International Association of Financial Executives Institutes (IAFEI) and Extended Bureau Member of the Taxation and Fiscal Policy Committee of the BIAC (Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD). He is also Adjunct Professor of EU Tax Law as well as Tax Planning and Transfer Pricing at the Link Campus University in Rome, Full Professor of EU and Supranational Taxation at the Advanced Course for the Tax Police of the Revenue Guard Corps (Guardia di Finanza), and Taxation of Multinational Enterprises Lecturer at the “Jean Monnet” School of the Second University of Studies in Naples. Piergiorgio is the Founding and Managing Partner of Valente Associati GEB Partners


Prof. Nicla Vassallo  ( studied philosophy at the University of Genova and at King’s College London – University of London. After award of her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science, she was appointed Research Fellow and then Researcher. In 2002 she qualified as Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science (Idoneità da Professore Associato in Logica e Filosofia della Scienza) at the University of Catania, and then in 2004 as Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy (Idoneità da Professore Ordinario in Filosofia Teoretica) at the University of Bergamo. From 2003 to 2008 she was Visiting Professor at the University Vita–Salute, Milan, where she lectured on Epistemology in the Psychology Faculty. Since 2005 she has been a Full Professor (Professore Ordinario) in the Department of Philosophy (now Dafist) at the University of Genova. There she has taught Philosophical Propaedeutics, Philosophy of Knowledge and Epistemology. She now teaches Theoretical Philosophy and is part of the teaching staff of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy called “Fino”, the Consortium of more University (Genova, Pavia, Piemonte Orientale, Torino). Latest, she has been nominated associate of ISEM–CNR. She works mainly in the area of Analytic Philosophy. Her primary research and teaching areas are Philosophy of Knowledge and Epistemology. She also has on-going research interests in Feminist Philosophies, Gender Studies, History and Philosophy of Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophical Naturalism and Scepticism. Nicla Vassallo has given talks in many of the most important Italian Universities (Ancona, Bergamo, Brescia, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Firenze, Genova, Messina, Milano Bocconi, Milano Cattolica, Milano San Raffaele, Milano Statale, Padova, Pisa, Reggio Emilia, Roma La Sapienza, Roma Tre, Salerno, Sassari, Torino, Trieste, Trento, Urbino, Venezia) and abroad in France, Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey; as a co–speaker in Canada, Finland, Ireland, Romania, Cyprus, and Usa


Prof. Maurizio Zandri. His activity is focused on the Crisis Areas and least developed Countries. He has managed for SudgestAid, on behalf of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other International Organizations, a number of capacity building projects in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Yemen, Tunisia. He is Professor of International Politics and Sociology of conflicts at the Link Campus University of Rome. Since 2011 he has been the scientific Director of a yearly Master on “Development’s Economy and International Cooperation”

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