Master's Degree in "Geopolitics and Global Security"

Director Prof. Gianfranco Lizza

DIDACTIC  MODULES (total 60 credits)



Presentation Master Prof. Lizza

1 - HISTORICAL GEOPOLITICAL -6 LESSONS- (Prof. Simoncelli, Dr. La Posta)

Inside the module will be made a critical review of the events and problems of contemporary history. On one side will be provided interpretative criteria essential for connecting today's developments in international relations to historical phenomena of long-term, on the other hand will be discussed and updated the main geopolitical theories are necessary to understand the theoretical foundations of the discipline.

2 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS -9 LESSONS- (Prof. Marchisio, Prof. Cadin, Prof. Bargiacchi, Prof. Gialdino Curti, Prof.ssa Valvo, Amb. Balanzino, Amb. Jacoangeli)

International organizations are becoming increasingly important in the contemporary world, in an attempt to fill the gaps that nation states are no longer able to manage, especially in the economic sphere. We will discuss the role of the EU in international economic relations, cooperation and conflict between states in the context of natural resource management, the forms of cooperation between Member States for the development of water resources and the role of international organizations in the administration planning. A thematic analysis will be devoted to human security, which is the new concept of security focused not only on states but on the protection of the civilian population.

3 - GEOFINANCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS -4 LESSONS- (Prof. Sellari, Prof. Razzante, Dr. Del Monte)

Investigate the role of finance in the world allows us to understand the invisible web of relationships that affect the dynamics and underlying geopolitical and methodologies that drive the economic and financial strategies on a global scale, the dominant nations that are the great economic powers. The communications network materials represents the plot on which the geoeconomic  international relations move at increasingly higher speeds. The module aims to examine the role of the actors who hold the strategic levers and control the dynamics of transport and telecommunication services on a global level, their evolution and future scenarios.

4 - GEOPOLITICS OF RESOURCES AND ENERGY POLICY -3 LESSONS-  (Prof. Margelletti, Dr. Di Liddo, Dr. Accardi, Dr. Voglino)

Energy resources and strategic geopolitical analysis are a central theme, wherever addressed. The areas of production of oil and gas are, to use a term Mackinderiano, the new Heartland of the planet around which the world geopolitics is moving. Moreover, when taken as a reference the current international system, the analysis must be conducted at 360 °. Inevitably, therefore, it is called "geo-economics", in an economy characterized by globalization, where the relocation of production and the role of non-state actors influences the strategies of each country system. In this context, it is also the role of the military and economic intelligence of every single country.


Geopolitical practices of states, especially the great powers, partly reflecting the pressures of big corporations, driven by economic interests. The module aims to develop analysis to understand the geo-economic strategies of transnational corporations, namely to conquer new markets and above hoarding of new natural resources, acquisition of other businesses and the growth of their power in the world market . Through direct experience of experts from strong Italian businesses, you can analyze the methodologies of "due diligence" and entry into foreign markets in strategic sectors such as defense or infrastructure. This will shed light on the dynamics behind the choices that not only have an impact on the economy of a "country system", but who bring with them political implications of considerable importance.

6 - POLICY AND POLITICS MILITARY DOCTRINE -4 LESSONS- (Gen. Panato, Gen.Coltrinari, Amm. Me, Amm. Sanfelice di Monteforte)

Through case studies selected from contemporary international relations and strategic, the module highlights how the key concepts of war, guerrilla warfare and terrorism can be used to explain the context of military strategy of the XXI century.

7 - DEFENCE AND SECURITY -4 LESSONS- (Gen. Raponi, Col. Rapetto, Prof. Margelletti , Dr. La Bella, Gen.Tricarico)

The module will address the current trends in the field of defense and security at the international level. New scenarios and military instruments modeled on lightness and flexibility, the importance of naval aviation instruments, and moving towards digitization. Then we will examine the current state of European defense sectors, with the cuts, the re-modulation and the tendency to make agreements, such as the Anglo-French "pooling and sharing".

8 - CRIME ORGANIZED AND TERRORISM -4 LESSONS- (Cap. Bruni, Col. Rosi, Prof. Margelletti, Dott.Iacovino)

Inside the module the focus will be on two issues, organized crime and terrorism, phenomena that are factors of instability in different contexts. Criminal organizations, through the control of drug trafficking, weapons and through the business of kidnapping represent an element of threat to international security and a phenomenon that, in certain scenarios, it is able to directly influence the policy of the State. As for terrorism, we will analyze the phenomenon of al-Qaeda, from its birth to the various forms regionalism in its characteristics and modus operandi. It will be important to see also the implications for the internal security of our country. Also, do not be neglected other aspects of international terrorism, which now no longer fit in the daily news, such as matrix Palestinians and the various strands of radicalization within the refugee camps.


The objective of this module is to examine the new communication techniques in the context of global political and economic, with an emphasis on cyber warfare and the offensive cyber attacks. You'll also outlined the role of new media in the riots involving many countries in the Middle East and the Maghreb, linking the function of Al-Jazeera, facebook, youtube with the internal political landscape of these realities state.



Inside the module will be made a critical analysis of major events and issues of contemporary global history with an emphasis on cultural and religious divisions. Particular attention will be devoted to marked internal divisions within the different religions, also placing emphasis on the limitations and strengths that characterize the current dialogue.

11 - AMERICAN HEGEMONY -3 LESSONS-  (Amb. Salleo, Dr. Negri)

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the United States has enjoyed for a decade or so from a position of unipolarity asymmetric, which is gradually replaced by a multipolar balance with the emergence of new players. American leadership, while asserting itself in many fields - military, political, economic, scientific and cultural - with considerable strengths, did not fail to record the appearance of new situations and different threats. The financial crisis that began in 2007 and the global economic downturn began, local conflicts and the fight against terrorism, the threat of nuclear proliferation in the strengthening of the new powers in the international political landscape of fact for Washington opened a season of new and innovative challenges.

12 - EUROPE, MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EAST -6 LESSONS- (Prof.Fiore, Amb. Checchia, Amb. Calamia, Amb. Cavalchini, Amb. Aloisi de Larderel, Amb. E. Mario Maiolini)

The Mediterranean basin is the geographical area in which they emerge more clearly the growing misunderstandings between different cultures. Crossed from east to west by a line drive that separates Christians and Muslims in the Mediterranean is the emblem of the political divide, economic and cultural development between the two. The role of Europe, the Arab Spring, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's regional role will be some of the issues in depth.

13 - THE NEW ROLE OF CENTRAL ASIA -5 LESSONS- (Prof. Valle, Amb. Castaldo, Amb. Salleo, Amb. Fabbri)

The dissolution of the Soviet Union and the recent war in Afghanistan have reopened the question of Central Asia, which is essential for energy resources and therefore attractive to major players in international politics. Along with Russia, China, India and the United States faces a new competitor, Turkey, linked by common cultural roots to Central Asian populations. The weight of Islamic radicalism that completes a picture of instability and endemic poverty.

14 - THE ASIA-PACIFIC  / CHINA AND INDIA -4 LESSONS- (Amb. Quaroni, Amb. Jacoangeli)

Focus will be the reasons for the rise of China and India, comparing with Japan. We will analyze the causes of future scenarios, in order to predict possible conflicts of interest between the Asian giants but also the weaknesses that may slow down its development. Will be discussed, for example, on fragmentation regionalist India, potentially devastating for the unity of the federation, while in the case of China will analyze the demographic and economic imbalances, which threaten political stability.


In the XXI century the African continent continues to be a passive spectator of the interests of the great powers, he contended that the huge resources. This creates political instability, aggravated by the traditional problems in the area, ranging from underdevelopment to the tribal fragmentation. In a framework that difficult, we must not underestimate the increased importance of countries like Nigeria and South Africa, seeking, amid many contradictions, an autonomous path of development.

16 - NEW PROTAGONISTS FROM LATIN AMERICA -2 LESSONS- (Amb. Benedetti, Amb. Jacoangeli, Amb. Nigido)

In recent years, Latin American countries are trying to become more independent from the dominance of the United States, including through political regimes political sign opposite to Washington. We will analyze the potential geopolitical countries "critical" with neo-liberalism as Venezuela and Bolivia, in contrast to the traditionally pro American policy in Chile and Colombia. In addition to these conflicts will evaluate the ability of Brazil to effectively oppose the United States to help the South American continent.


The module will analyze the theoretical and practical framework of Electoral Support in its two main activities: Assistance and Election Observation. In the first part will be introduced to the basic concepts of the Electoral Support and its practical applications, with an eye to the role of international organizations (UN, EU, OSCE) in its implementation. The second part will provide space for Case Studies relevant from the point of view of both geographically and politically. Particular attention will be devoted to the analysis of the Electoral Support in its applicability as a guarantee of security for political life.