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Strategikos is my personal website, where I will upload reports on a wide range of issues, including international relations, strategy, military affairs, history and others. Its main purpose is to spread and deepend the knowledge of such matters; all while providing me with a platform to publish my works and support my professional career.

The main language of the site will be English, as it allows to reach a broader audience; however, in some cases I may also post content in other languages. As far as the style of the content is concerned, it will not be academic; still, I will use an analytic and rigorous approach and will provide sources whenever appropriate. In short, I will not publish academic articles, but analytical working papers whose content is meant to be solid, clear and fluent. Linked to this aspect, there is the issue of the theoretical approach that I will adopt. While I am fully aware of the main IR theories and of their importance for scholars, I believe that sticking to a single theory makes little sense as none can explain the complexity of international affairs on its own; even though my approach will generally be closer to the realist school. Moreover, Strategikos will focus on a practical approach and will not be a portal for academic publications. As a result, the papers I will upload will not adopt a specific theoretical framework; instead, I will use concepts from the different theories to develop my arguments when it will be necessary.
When deciding the theme of my papers and when writing them, I will follow certain guidelines. In general, I will examine specific topics, as this offers advantages in terms of both relevance and feasibility of the publications. Accordingly, I will privilege quality over quantity. Strategikos is not conceived to be a news website, therefore I will not cover (also because it would be impossible) all the events on the international scene; nor I will upload new material regularly. Along this line of conduct, tendencially I will not examine the mainstream issues. Instead, I will try to cover less discussed aspects of today's global affairs, all while ensuring they are relevant. In doing this, I will make an effort to present a different perspective in order to deepen the understanding of the issue and favour a positive debate on it.

In regard to the type of content, it will be of different nature. In broad terms, they will be analyses of about 3-5 pages, but there will also be shorter publications in the form of "comments". Naturally, analyses will require more time than comments. The frequency of the publications will not be regular, as it will depend on the theme and type of the paper as well as on my professional engagements outside Strategikos. More in the specific, I have many ideas on the content of my publications, and I may even develop some "series" (meaning papers linked by a common background theme). As such, I may write papers consisting in observations on international issues, reflections on historical events, examinations of socio-political matters with a more philosophical flavour, book reviews and others.
Important: you will need my express authorization and to provide proper references in case you want to use my works in any way, notably if you plan to partly or completely reproduce them. You can use the contact page to ask me for the authorization.

Moreover, I would like to make Strategikos an interactive project. Of course this will take time, but I would appreciate to create a positive debate and receive a feedback. With this aim, I created a dedicated Facebook page; I will give the opportunity to comment my works directly here, and I am also considering to create a blog. In this context, I will try to answer to comments or requests as soon as possible. However, while I accept comments, suggestions and constructive criticism, all this must be based on mutual respect.

Strategikos is also open for collaborations. I would be glad to cooperate with others, as it would allow me to expand the content of the site and raise its quality standards; especially if I could work with someone whose expertise and background were different from my own, as this would allow to complement my competencies and fill the gaps in my work. So, feel free to contact me in case you wish to cooperate.
At the same time, I am also willing to accept writing reports upon request. You can contact me by specifying your exigencies, and we will then discuss the feasibility of the work, the details and the terms of payment.
So, please do not hesitate to contact me in case you wish to collaborate or require me a specific work; but also to signal a problem / mistake or for other issues.

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