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The “scavenger of democracy” that is writing on this blog lives between the Commonwealth of Virginia, the first British Colony and oldest American State, and Tuscany, the birthplace of Renaissance and Humanism. Both are places of deep democratic roots, Virginia being the state of American founding fathers and first presidents, Tuscany being the region of the Medieval Communes and the first civil state to abolish torture and death penalty in 1789. He researches mostly on international issues, in particular democracy, conflict, security and peace, and he likes debates. He wants to challenge his mindset and believes commenting political theories or political events of different parts of the world, but mostly North America,  Mediterranean basin and Southeast Asia, as regions that he knows better. Structural changes are happening on our planet in this period of humankind history and people’s empowerment is asking for more freedom and dignity. In order to give a far future to our specie it is fundamental to share ideas from different cultural and political perspectives, reduce ethnocentric views and criticize mainstream thoughts. This is the aim of the blog. And this is what I stimulate the readers to do too.

As Latin people said we need to have “otium” (leisure) for inner creation, besides “negotium” (business) for external production. So this blog is dedicated to the “creative idleness” and the “vita activa” of the people around the world. And to the search of Truth, because as Giovenale said (followed by Rosseau, Schopenauer, Gandhi etc.):  Vitam Impendere Vero (Sacrifice Life to Truth)

Autobiography

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I am based in Washington DC working as international affairs analyst and consultant. Originally from Florence, Italy, where I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Relations and a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies, I completed my PhD in International Studies/Conflict and Cooperation at the Old Dominion University in Virginia, US. I have professional experience in Latin America and South Asia on peacekeeping, human rights, security and democracy with different INGOs (to include Peace Brigades International and Nonviolent Peaceforce) in Southeast Asia on mediation and peacebuilding with local NGOs and in the US teaching and researching for different Universities and think tanks, to include University of North Carolina, Carter Center and ACT-NATO. I have worked also on democratization processes post-Arab Spring and on democratic sustainability in Latin America. My most recent research and operation focuses are: Western democratic crisis and resurgence of nationalism and their impact on security and the new world order; inclusion/exclusion of minorities in Muslim-majority countries as well as mature Western democracies; conflict prevention, mediation and reconciliation in intrastate conflicts, especially in Southeast Asia, MENA and Latin America.

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An unfamiliar political geography of a 'democratic and modern' world from the perspective of a Florentine man living in Virginia

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