Jean-Pierre Darnis is Head of the Security and Defence Programme at the Istituto Affari Internazionali and associate professor at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. He has held teaching positions at the École Militaire Supérieure, the University of Saint Etiennne, LUISS University and Sciences Po. He was the recipient of a fellowship from ISPI in Milan and won a post doctoral Lavoisier fellowship from the Foreign Affairs Ministry (Paris). He currently coordinates the masters degree programme in “Languages and International Affairs” at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and is a mentor for the NATO Defence College senior course. After studying in the universities of Toulouse and Milan (Catholic University) in 1997, he completed a PhD in Humanities at the University of Paris X Nanterre and in 2012 earned the “habilitation à diriger des recherches” (HDR) at the University of Grenoble-Stendhal. He is a contributor for the Italian newspaper Il Foglio and member of the editorial committee of the journal Cahiers de la Méditerranée.