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I obtained my DPhil in Military History at the University of Oxford in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Sir Hew Strachan, with a thesis on Anglo-Italian relations during the First World War. I took Britain and Italy’s bilateral relation as a special lens through which to understand the working of alliances at war, as it permits a focus on the balance of power within allied blocks and illuminates how special partnerships affect global allied strategies.

At the moment, I am part of the Middle-East Directions (MED) Programme at the EUI, directed by Ambassador Luigi Narbone. The MED is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers focusing on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and works in close partnership with scholars and research institutions throughout the region. We combine the social and political sciences, economics, law and history, through a multi-disciplinary and empirical-based approach conducted on the ground. The Programme’s ambition is to translate the latest empirical findings into policy-oriented research outputs capable of stimulating new approaches and policy responses to the challenges facing the region.

In particular, my work focuses on EU-NATO cooperation in the field of security and crisis management throughout the Mediterranean. I am analysing EU and NATO’s doctrines and strategies to reach a comparative understanding of how they have been implemented in the region, with a specific focus on Libya and the Central Mediterranean. Thanks to my historical background, my analysis has a broad scope that goes beyond the narrow horizon of policy-making reports and recommendations.

My broader research interests include military history more generally, Anglo-Italian relations up to World War II, and maritime co-operation in the Mediterranean. I am a member of the Globalising and Localising the Great War Group (GLGW), Oxford, the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group (OUSSG), and the Changing Character of War Programme (CCW); I am also an external fellow at Boston University (BU). I have given papers at many national and international conferences, organised historical conferences and events, and have published a number of articles both in English and Italian. In addition to my disciplinary background outlined above, my language skills, which include Italian, English, French and Spanish, as well as basic Arabic, allow me to take a transitional and comparative approach towards both research and teaching.