World-in-Progress (WiP) was born out of an idea of a group of young students and scholars who shared an interest in international affairs. They wanted to create a common space where to exchange opinions on the world of international relations, which is at the same time the object of their analyses and the physical environment where their personal experiences take place. Every person involved in this project has a particular interest in the evolution of the historical, political, economic, social and cultural context of a given geographical area, due to personal motivations, experience, educational background or pure intellectual pleasure. Therefore, the articles reflect the personal views of the authors, who are asked to deal with environments, topics, stories or suggestions that they are familiar with and consider internationally relevant. In addition, the division of the journal into eight sections follows only a geographical criterion: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Inter-American Relations and United States. All the articles are indeed fully personal and the editorial line we have chosen is merely geared towards absolute respect for freedom of expression. There is no predefined style or limitation to the topics of analysis, and no predetermined ideological orientation influences the authors. Also, the editorial revision aims to provide a general overview of the articles rather than homogenize their contents, and to highlight analogies and differences, idiosyncratic features or emerging trends. The scope of the project is two-fold. On the one hand, WiP attempts to provide its authors with a framework where to concretize their thoughts and analyses, which would otherwise remain confined to the abstract world of ideas. Our journal is a canvas that the authors can paint with any colours and tools they like. On the other hand, our project wants to offer those who are interested in International Affairs a new view on global issues, a tool for research and study but also a stimulus for debate. WiP gives you the chance to easily enjoy one of the global era’s advantages: having the world at your fingertips with just one click.
We, the people:
Valentina Abalzati. Born in Venice 27 years ago, graduated in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on the border between Mexico and United States. At the moment she lives in Mexico City, where she goes from an unpaid traineeship to another.
Alessandro Accorsi. 25 years old, from Marche, weary of life in Forlì. He (unfortunately) earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations, with a dissertation on Fatah and Palestinian politics. After spending the past year between Ramallah, Jerusalem and Italy, he developed a serious addiction to Muezzin’s calls and check-points. At the moment he is in rehab at home in Marche, hoping he’ll be off the wagon soon.
Paola Aguglia. 25 years old, from Sicily. She graduated in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on Conditional Cash Transfers between Brazil and Africa. At the moment she is wandering about among poorly paid, and often not-paid, traineeships.
Valeria Benko. 26 years old, from Sardinia. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on economic relations between USA and Brazil. Since she couldn’t find a job, she enrolled at University College London, where she studies European Public Policy.
Emanuele Cascone. Our web designer. 26 years old, from Ragusa, Sicily. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design at Palermo Architecture Faculty in 2007. He owns a studio, where he does visual communication and product design with other four colleagues.
Stefano Condello. Born in Rome. He earned a BA in Political Sciences at La Sapienza University in Rome. He then continued his studies in Bologna University, Forlì Campus, where he earned a MA in International Relations. At the moment he lives in London; he is enrolled at SOAS for a master in Middle Eastern Politics and Arabic Language.
Matteo Dian. 28 years old, from Sanremo, Italy. He is enrolled in a PhD program in Political Science at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences in Florence and he is a Visiting Fellow at the IDEAS centre of London School of Economics. His majors are International Relations Theory, American Foreign Policy and Eastern Asia.
Gaetano Di Tommaso. 25 years old from Abruzzo, Italy. He earned a BA in International Relations at Bologna University, with a dissertation on the American Democratic Party. He recently earned his MA in International Relations at Forlì University, graduating with honours with a dissertation on US-Saudi Arabia relations in the 70s.
Valentina Donno. 26 years old from Lecce, Italy. She recently earned her MA in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on the Talibanization of Pakistan during the war on terror. She just came back from a MAE-CRUI internship in Costa Rica and is now trying to reconcile her love for Latin America with the one for Southern Asia.
Dario Fazzi. Blond, 29-year old Sicilian. He earned a PhD in Modern History at Bologna University, with a dissertation on US and British anti-nuclearism. His major is Cold War History. At the moment he is a visiting fellow at Brown University.
Alberto Graciotti. 24 years old from Jesi, Italy. He earned a MA in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on Chinese foreign policy. At the moment he lives in London and is in search for opportunities. His majors are International Economics and Finance and the relations between Beijing and developing countries.
Eleonora Lago. 25 years old, from Vercelli, Italy. She graduated in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on the energy resources of the Caspian area and the role of China in Central Asia. After unforgettable work experiences in Nepal, China and at the UN Department for Peacekeeping, she has moved to New York, where she works as Junior Research Assistant for Security Council Report. Passionate with Eastern and Central Asia, she relentlessly continues to study Chinese language.
Daniela Lai. 25 years old, from Sardinia. She graduated in International Relations with a dissertation on the Balkan reconciliation. In this period of crisis, she tries to find a way to reconcile her academic and professional passions with acceptable life conditions. In other words, she is ready to expatriate…
Laura la Zazzera. Our author (at times) and website translator. 28 years old, from Foggia, Italy. She graduated with honours in Translation at the Advanced School for Interpreters and Translators at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, and recently earned a MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies at EUSP in St Petersburg, Russia. At the moment she is looking for a job. Anywhere.
Niccolò Locatelli. 26 years old, from Rome. He graduated in International Relations with a dissertation on the economic and political aspects of Chinese influence in Latin America. He works with Limes, an Italian geopolitical review (www.limesonline.com).
Erika Magonara. She studied International Relations is Forlì and graduated with a dissertation on the political consequences of globalization. Her main interest is (international) Political Economy and she is a fervent pro-European.
Salvatore Manconi. 25 years old, proudly Sardinian. After a BA in International relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, he earned his MA with a dissertation on the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the moment, he lives in chaotic Cairo, where he is learning Arabic.
Alberto Mariani. 28 years old, born in Verona and raised in Pescara. At the moment he lives in Rome, after spending 6 years in Forlì where he graduated in EU Economics and Policy. His main professional and personal interests are industrial policy and energy, especially in terms of economic priorities, technological variables and political options.
Alice Marziali. 24 years old, born in Ancona, Italy. She earned a BA in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on the Arab League. At the moment she lives in Amman and does research for her MA thesis on Jordan Islamist movements.
Marco Milani. He earned a BA in International Relations at Forlì University and is about to complete his Master’s Degree in International Relations at Bologna University. He was in Seoul to write his dissertation on Inter-Korean relations and he will be back to Korea soon, he just does not know yet which one of the two.
Matej Misturik. Born in 1987 in Bratislava, former Czechoslovakia. After graduating high school in Slovakia, he enrolled at Forlì University in the faculty of International Relations. In 2009, he graduated with Professor Marcella Emiliani with a dissertation titled “Lo spartiacque dello Yom Kippur e i nuovi equilibri mediorientali”. At the moment he is enrolled in a MA in International Relations. His main interests are Third World countries History and Jewish History.
Roberta Mulas. 26 years old, from Sassari, Italy. She graduated in International Relations with a dissertation on Iran’s nuclear policy. After wandering between Bilbao, Los Angeles, Geneva, Bruges and Forlì, she ended up in Germany. She works at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). Her majors are nuclear weapons and Middle East.
Antonella Munisteri. 26 years old, from Palermo, Italy. She earned a MA in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on economic partnerships between Sub-Saharan Africa and EU. Fervent pro-European, she tries hard to appear as the exact opposite. At the moment she lives in Warsaw, where she is enrolled in a MA at the College of Europe.
Luca Nuzzo. 24 years old, from Lecce, Italy. He’s been living in Forlì for way too long. After earning his BA in the above-mentioned delightful town, he will soon complete his MA in International Relations with a dissertation on the strange links between Malawi, AIDS/HIV and international donors.
Giovanni Piazzese. 27 years old, Sicilian. He graduated in International Relations at Bologna University, Forlì Campus, with a dissertation on the role of the military in Haitian society between 1915 and 1934. After living in Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina and Haiti, he is now in Egypt and continues to put himself to the test.
Elisa Piras. 28 years old, from Sardinia, Italy. She graduated in 2007 in International Relations at Forlì University. At the moment she is enrolled in a PhD program in Policy, Human Rights and Sustanability at Sant’Anna School in Pisa. Her majors are Political Theory and International Relations.
Rocco Polin. Milan (birth, 1985), Bologna (BA 2007), Paris (erasmus), Jerusalem (stage), Shanghai (stage), Forlì (MA 2009), Berkeley (erasmus), Beirut (stage), Bruxelles (stage), Florence (Ph.D student, ongoing), Cambridge (visiting). One of the above is false.
Silvia Renda. Born in 1986 in Ancona, Italy. She is about to complete a MA in International Relations at Forlì University, after earning her BA in International Relations at Bologna University with a dissertation on the role of the military in Turkey.
Costanza Spocci. 25 years old, from Emilia, Italy. She has lived in different continents, with little money. After university and some work experience – obviously unpaid – in Italy, France and Morocco, she decided to stop carrying her whole room with her every time she moved, and bought a backpack. She wandered about, earning experience in Northern India and Nepal, and fell in love with Kabul. She graduated with a dissertation on the New Taliban. At the moment she lives, learns and works in Peshawar.
Laura Solinas. 25 years old, from Sardinia, Italy. After a MA in International Relations at Forlì University, she is about to start a PhD at the Department of Politics, Institutions and History of Bologna University. Here she will continue to study her main topic of interest: the role of the International Community in the struggle against HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Francesco Turlà. Our 31-year old artist. Unfortunately and fortunately Sicilian. He’s been drawing ever since he has memory. The results of his 4 years in Art School and 5 years in Academy of Arts suggest that he’d better become a farmer. Nonetheless, he is now an illustrator, animator, commercial artist, cartoonist, not necessarily in this order.
Raffaele Urselli, collaborates with the chair of Development Anthropology, Sapienza University of Rome. He travelled and carried out research in the Middle-East and West Africa (Mali and Senegal).
Chiara Zaccone. 25 years old. Next year, she is going to complete her MA in International Relations, after earning a BA in Foreign Languages. Her main interests are international relations in the economic field.