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I was born in Parma (Italy), but (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 (in Italian) titled 'The Relations between the United States, Soviet Union and China (1964-1972)'.

I consider myself as an "international relations analyst", and accordingly I will write analytical reports meant to be practical, clear and professional in order to raise the awareness on specific but politically relevant issues and to explain their causes and implications. Besides, I may 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.

My expertise focuses on international issues, geopolitics, strategy, military affairs 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 greatest 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.

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 speak 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.

In February 2018 I became a regular contributor on Geopolitical Monitor, where my analyses often appeared among the Top Stories.

From October 2018 I also started collaborating with KJ Reports (formerly 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 multiple occasions, and several times my response was included in the e-mail brief sent by GlobalWonks to advertise the platform. Once I was also selected to write a full report.

I suspended the aforementioned activities between 1st October 2019 and 29th February 2020, since during that period I worked as a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME). More specifically, I was assigned to the Counter-Terrorism Unit, where my work mainly revolved on activities aimed at countering the potential threat represented by drones.

These experiences allowed me to develop a considerable expertise in open-source research, analysis, drafting policy documents and providing other forms of support.

In May 2020 I further enhanced my knowledge by completing three courses (click to view the certificates):
- Intelligence Training, delivered by Intelligence Fusion (link)
- Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) in Fragile Contexts, delivered by the United Nations Institute for Training ans Research - UNITAR (link)
- Political Risk Analysis, delivered by the Istituto Affari Internazionali - IAI (link)

For more information on my professional experience, you can see and download my CV at this link and visit my LinkedIn profile here.

The following is a list of main achievements:
- As a Blue Book Trainee, I completed a mapping of existing counter-drone systems and of a list of drone-related incidents, both of which were later shared with Member States and other EU Institutions/Agencies.
- My article on the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean was quoted by the radio programme France Culture (link)
- My analysis on the conflict in Cameroon was used as a source in the Boletim Geocorrente n.77 published by Brazil's Naval War School (link, see page 13).
- My report titled "The Strategic Implications of Hypersonic Missiles" was among the sources of an academic article by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (link, see page 85).
- My article on the coverage of the European elections in English-written Russian media was mentioned the Czech media outlet EuroZprávy (link)

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: I have been to various European countries as well as to the US and others; and I lived in Italy, Belgium and Poland. 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.
Copyright A. Gagaridis, 2017-2020. All rights reserved / Tutti i diritti riservati.
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