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I was born in Parma (Italy) on September 18th, 1992; and I am an Italian citizen, though (as my surname suggests) I am half-Greek.
In June 2017, I obtained a Master's degree in "International Relations: Professional Focus Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution" (magna cum laude / grande distinction) at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). My Master's thesis was titled "Japan’s Maritime Security Strategy in Response to Chinese Military Power - The Protection of the SLOC".
Previously, I graduated in "Political Science and International Relations" at the University of Parma, with a final score of 110/110, with a thesis titled "The Relations between the United States, Soviet Union and China (1964-1972)".

I do not consider myself as a "political scientist", as I am personally skeptical about the effectiveness (and usefuleness) of employing such kind of approach to politcal phenomena and international events. I prefer considering myself as an "international relations analyst". Accordingly, I will not write academic articles that apply, test and assess a given theoretical framework. Instead, I will write analytical reports meant to be practical, clear and professional; whose ultimate aim will be to raise the awareness on specific but politically relevant issues and to explain their causes and implications. Besides, I will also publish other kinds of papers with a more discursive style, notably on historical, philosophical or social issues. You can read this page for more information about Strategikos.

In general, my expertise focuses on international affairs, geopolitics, strategy and military issues, and history; but I also have a good understanding of economics, international and public law, political philosophy, sociology and other subjects. I would like to spend a few words on History, as it is the great passion of my life; and you will notice that I will be particularly careful in examining the historical dimension of the events and phenomena I will write about, so to put them in the proper perspective.
In geographic terms, I specialized on the Asia-Pacific region, which was the regional focus I choose during my Master's degree. However, I also have a relevant competence of other areas; namely Europe (including EU affairs), the Middle East and South Asia. In regard to single states, I am primarily interested in the US, China, Japan, Russia, India, Greece, Italy and Turkey; but also North and South Korea, Taiwan, the main European countries and others.

For what concerns my linguistic skills, my mother tongue is Italian. I am proficient in English and French, and I understand Spanish as well (although I rarely use it to speack or write). I have a certain knowledge of Greek (sadly, my level is not as good as I would like), I have a good base in Japanese; and I am gradually working to improve both. I am willing to learn more languages in the future, if I will have the opportunity and most importantly the time.

Since February 2018 I am a regular contributor on Geopolitical Monitor, where my Situation Reports often appear among the Top Stories.
Starting from October 2018, I also collaborate with KJ Vids, a YouTube channel that creates short documentaries on international issues. I write for them the background analysis that becomes the script for the video.
In September 2018 I became part of GlobalWonks, a network of analyst from all over the world. I provide short analyses to answer the questions on geopolitical and foreign policy issues that clients submit via the Network Pulse (TM) platform. My answers have been selected among the top three on several occasions, and several times my response was included in the e-mail brief sent by GlobalWonks to advertise the platform.
I am a member of the Wikistrat analytic community since May 2016 with the rank of Researcher (previously Intern). On a voluntary basis, (a sign of my passion for geopolitical analysis) I participated to different activities on many strategicslly-relevant issues such as simulations, discussions and others.

You can visit my LinkedIn profile here.

Apart from my university and professional experience, I enjoy reading, playing videogames, watching movies, travelling, photography and doing physical exercise.
In regard to books, apart from History and IR-related essays, I particularly like sci-fi, fantasy and techno-thriller novels. These are also my favourite film genres; although my preferences are wider in this regard. As far as gaming is concerned, I appreciate strategy, shooters, RPGs and flying simulators. I really like travelling, notably to foreign countries; and I have been to various places in Europe (mainly in Italy, Greece and Belgium) as well as the US and others. Finally, I practice photography as a hobby, especially when I travel. I will likely use some of my own pictures here on Strategikos and I may even decide to create a dedicated platform for my photos in the future.

If you have any question, feel free to contact me.
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