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CSSII Centro Universitario di Studi Strategici Internazionali e Imprenditoriali

Associates

 

  

 

  Valentina Arcieri

Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Studies, obtained at the Faculty of Political Science "Cesare Alfieri" with a thesis entitled: "The vanguard of Islamism. History of the Muslim Brotherhood movement from 1928 to 2011". During her master’s studies she followed an online training course on cybersecurity issues organized by IBM Italia. She worked as an intern at the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS), participating in research projects related to cyber capacity building. Her main areas of interest in cybersecurity are: autonomous vehicles (civil and military), cyberspace governance and cyberwarfare (with main focus on the Middle East).

 

 

 

  Tullio Aversa

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and International Relations from the “Sapienza” University in Rome. His thesis focused on Chinese interests and objectives behind the Belt and Road Initiative. He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Florence.

 

 

 

 

 Alessia Boi 

Alessia holds a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Security Sciences obtained at the Italian Military Academy with her thesis on “Cyber Intelligence: operational framework”.
During her studies she had the opportunity to participate in the Military Erasmus Program, thus carrying out six months of study at the Tadeusz Kościuszko Land Forces Military Academy in Poland. Currently, she is a MA student at the course of Strategic Sciences for Emergency Logistics. Besides her engagement in the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS), she is an International Project Assistant in a Polish departmental organization. Her fields of expertise are Defence, Security and International Affairs.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Borlotti

Lisa Borlotti is Research Collaborator at the Center for Cybersecurity and International Relations Studies. Before joining the team, she worked as Assistant Business Coordinator for a multinational consulting firm and as Research Assistant for the University of Geneva. After completion of her B.A. she worked for the Center for Security Studies (ETH) in Zurich and for The Alpha Institute of Geopolitics and Intelligence.
She is currently finishing her M.A. in International relations at the University of Florence and she holds a B.A. in International relations from the University of Geneva and she obtained a Specialization Certificate in International security from the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw (Poland).

Lisa's core areas of interest are Defence, Intelligence and military studies, Criminology, CIMIC strategies, as well as energy and cyber security issues.

 

 

 

    Francesco Cappelletti

He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Florence. Coming from a background of humanities and music, he holds a diploma in Violin from the “L. Cherubini” conservatory of Florence. He has simultaneously studied historiography, gaining an honours certificate at the Norman Academy. He is part of the History and Musicology Department’s staff at the Thomas More University (UPTM - Rome). Upon invitation by the Dean, Prof. Giulio Tarro, he has also become part of the Istituto Superiore di Ricerca (lit. “Higher research center”) of the same name (ANR/MIUR). He takes active part in continuing education courses and conferences organised by the same institutions at the Italian Armed Forces Officers’ Club in Rome. He is interested in military technology, conventional arms and cyber crime.

 

 

 

 Edoardo Corsi

He holds a master’s degree in European and International Studies from the University of Trento and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. His thesis was titled “Jus ad Bellum and the Challenge of Cyber Operations: Old Rules for New Weapons?”. Freelance journalist, he has matured a few experiences in the institutional communications sector throughout the years: particularly, in 2016, he was Communications Advisor at the Press Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He is particularly interested in cyber security and international law, and the complex relations between the two.

 

 

 

  Marzio Di Feo

He holds a degree in International Relations from the “Cesare Alfieri” School of Political Sciences. He won the 2015 edition of Premio Galli (lit. “Galli Prize”). He is a member of the Student Research Committee in International Relations Theory at IAPSS. His research focuses on security studies and, particularly, on human-machine interaction on the battlefield, up to their integration in the cybernetic dimension and the nature of future warriors, using geek instruments to analyse complex non-linear dynamics of war. He is part of the team project for the OSCE research project, in collaboration with the University of Florence, “Enhancing the Implementation of OSCE Confidence Building Measures in order to Reduce the Risks of Conflict Stemming from the Use of ICTs”.

 

  

 

  Domenico Frascà

He is a freelancer who works in the sector of business, political and association consultancy.  He is project manager of the Luigi Einaudi Foundation.  He is currently attending the II level Master in Leadership and Strategic Analysis at the Institute of Aeronautical Military Sciences (ISMA).  He graduated in "International Relations and European Studies", master's degree course, at the "Cesare Alfieri" School of Political Sciences in Florence.  He attended the Postgraduate Course in "Intelligence and National Security" at the University of Florence in collaboration with the Department of Information for Security (DIS), also winning a scholarship for merit.  He attended a training course on United Nations negotiation processes and techniques at “Consules” which ended with a simulation of UN diplomatic work in New York.  He is a member of the Center for Cyber ​​Security and International Relations Studies of the University of Florence.  He attended the 2015 Summer School intensive course "Negotiations in humanitarian crises" at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan.
He is mainly interested in strategic studies, geopolitics and national security, but in general he has a passion for history and political science.

 

 

 

  Lamberto Frontera

He holds a degree in Political Sciences, International Studies from the Political Sciences Faculty of the “Cesare Alfieri” School in Florence, where he graduated with a thesis on Carlo Azeglio Ciampi’s Europeanist government. Simultaneously, he attended a NATO decisional process simulation at the IAI (Institute for International Affairs) and interned at the Uruguay Consulate in Livorno. He is a coordinator for the information website Uni Info News and has contributed to statistical researches for the company Simurg Ricerche. He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies at the “Cesare Alfieri” faculty. He is interested in strategic studies, security and military history.

 

 

 

  

 

 Lorenzo Ghigo

He holds a degree from the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the “Sacro Cuore” Catholic University of Milan. He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in International Relations and European Politics, developing a thesis concerning cyber warfare impact on Russian, Chinese and American military strategy. He is the CCSIRS’s social media manager.

 

 

 

  Daniela Giordano

She graduated in Political Sciences at the LUISS University of Rome, with a thesis on islamic fundamentalisms in Saudi Arabia. She is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in International Security Studies, jointly offered by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa and the University of Trento. She is currently interning at the the OBC Transeuropa. She is interested in cyber security and cyber space governance. She is responsible for the CCSIRS’s communications and social networks.

 

 

  Berta Jarosova

She is interning at the Department of Cybersecurity at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Previously, she has interned at the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York. She holds a master’s degree in Public International Law from Leiden University and a bachelor’s degree in European and International Law from the Sorbonne Law School. She has attended the International Cyber Security Summer School and various courses on cyber warfare, cybercrime and cyber defence, co-organized by Europol and the NATO Communication and Information Agency. She is particularly interested in cyber diplomacy, cyber warfare in the Middle East and space security.

 

 

 

  Marco Maldera

He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the “Cesare Alfieri” Political Sciences School in Florence, where he graduated with a thesis on China-Ethiopia relations. From the same university, he holds a master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies. His thesis focused on economic intelligence in Italy, ten years after the intelligence services reform. He is now attending a second-level master’s degree in Foreign Trade and Internationalisation of Businesses at the “Tor Vergata” University of Rome. He is particularly interested in China, intelligence and securitising thematics.

 

 

 

  Virginia Nizza

She graduated in International Relations at King’s College London with a thesis on the 2015-2017 migration crisis in Italy and its implications on the complex question of the role of sovereignty in the EU. She has won the Sir Michael Howard Excellence Award. She has specialised in international security studies and has interned at the political office of the Italian Embassy to the United Kingdom. She is particularly interested in development process of cyber governance systems and politics at the global level, therefore plans on pursuing a master’s degree in the field.

 

  

 

   Edoardo Sarti

He holds a degree in Political Sciences, International Studies from the Political Sciences Faculty at the “Cesare Alfieri” School in Florence. During his studies he attended a course on UN Negotiation Processes and Techniques at Consules, and participated in the Consules Model United Nations” (Rome) and “National Model United Nations” (New York) simulations. In 2018 he got the diploma in Geopolitics and Global Security” at ISPI, and in 2019 he attended the course “Intelligence and National Security” at the University of Florence. Actually, he is enrolled in a master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies at the “Cesare Alfieri” faculty and manages the website and the social media of the Center.

  

 

 

  

  Niccolò Taddei

After a study experience at the Center for International Relations of the University of Warsaw and an internship in Bruxelles, where he worked on communication and advocacy for Human Rights Watch, he graduated cum laude at the “Cesare Alfieri” School of Florence with a thesis on deterrence in cyberspace. He has attended the master’s course in Diplomatic Studies at “SIOI - UNA Italy”, in Rome. He currently works as a cybersecurity analyst at Deloitte. He is one of the CCSIRS’s founders, and has authored a paper for the Center on cyber war as a future war instrument, considering the Russian-Georgian case. He takes care of external relations for the CCSIRS.

 

 

 

  Chiara Tarasco

Following a one-year study-abroad period at the Universiteit von Amsterdam, she graduated from the “Cesare Alfieri” School of Political Sciences of Florence with a thesis on the EU’s ICT strategy in terms of cyber security and internet freedom. She is particularly interested in cyber security policies and personal data protection, as well as cyber awareness.

  

 

 

   Bruna Toso de Alcantara

Bruna holds a master's degree in International Strategic Studies from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and a bachelor degree in International Relations from the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), both Brazilian institutions. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at UFRGS, developing her thesis on states' perspectives on cyber power. Besides her engagement in the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS), she is a researcher of the Defense Studies and International Analysis Group (GEDAI/UNIFA/CNPq) working in the CyberIR and Cyber Defense research line and a research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in the research program II: Data, Actors, and Infrastructures.

 

 

 

 

  Francesca Voce

She has graduated cum laude in International and Diplomatic Sciences (University of Trieste), after a year on a study-abroad programme at the Faculty of Law at the “Pantheon Sorbonne” University of Paris. She is currently enrolled in the master’s degree in International Security Studies, jointly offered by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa and the University of Trento. She is particularly interested in Cyber Diplomacy, Cyber Policy and Cyber Security. She curates the CCSIRS’s newsletter.

 

 
last update: 09-Oct-2020
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