Edoardo Baldaro (Bologna, 13/07/1987). He got a Laurea Magistrale (MA) in International Relations (LM 52) from the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, 110/110 cum laude, presenting a work entitled “Lobbies and the FrançAfrique: the private economic interest groups and the French policy towards Africa”, supervisor professor Piero Ignazi. Erasmus Student at the IEP (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) of Bordeaux (2008/2009) and Foreign Visiting Student at the same university (2010/2011). Visiting Foreign Researcher at LAM (Laboratoire des Afriques dans le Monde) in Bordeaux (2012, University of Bologna’s scholarship), Visiting PhD student at CERI (Centre de Recherches Internationales) of SciencesPo Paris (May-July 2015). Member of the European Consortium of Political Research and of the Italian Standing Group on International Relations. Internship at the Italian Permanent Representation at the European Union (MAE-CRUI program, 2012), he fluently speaks English and French and has a good knowledge of Spanish. Freelance Journalist for LIMES – Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica since 2012, his main interests are Foreign Policy Analysis (strategies and decision-making process), the re-elaboration of North-South relations, Africa and its role in International Relations, the Security-Development Nexus.
Supervisor: Professor Giliberto Capano
Provisional title of the PhD research:
The creation of an area of crisis? Fighting instability in West Africa: a comparison between American and French security and development policies in the Francophone Sahel, from the end of the Cold War to the beginning of the war in Mali (2012-2013).