I am a PhD candidate in Political History at IMT, with a
research focused on Chinese foreign policy and its strategic
culture. My areas of expertise include also theories of
international relations, strategic studies and asymmetrical
warfare, such as insurgency, terrorism, and cyber warfare.
2008. Bachelor's Degree in International and Diplomatic
Affairs, at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus. Final Thesis:
Theory of War from Ancient to Modern Times.
2009. Intentive Chinese Language Course at the Beijing Language
and Culture University.
2010-2011. Overseas Program at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, USA, majoring in International Relations,
Military Studies, and Global Strategy.
2012. Master's Degree in International and Diplomatic Affairs,
majoring in International Politics and Security. Final Thesis:
American Counterinsurgency Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
between Strategic Culture and Terrorism.
My research deals quite extensively with Chinese strategic
culture. Specifically, the major objective is to classify and
organize the theoretical and operational structure of people’s war
doctrine. The research tries, therefore, to look at three specific
stages: doctrine formation, doctrine operationalization, and
doctrine evolution. These three stages translate themselves
historically in the Warring States’ period; Chinese civil war; and
the decade from 2001 to 2012, which opened up a new phase of
Chinese strategic culture, due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and
the establishment of the fifth generation of politicians in Chinese
domestic politics. This three-stage approach would try to indentify
the seeds of strategic culture, instead of dealing with just
specific and limited historical periods which could prove to be
Therefore the study of strategic culture, specifically in the
Chinese case, would combine the classical realist view with the
constructivist one, in order to understand how the typical
strategic tools of China's foreign policy are rooted in its
military and strategic history.