Maurizo Geri is an international consultant with almost 20 years’ experience in research and activism on peace, democratization, human rights, defense and security. He is an independent advisor on peace and security in MED, MENA and Africa while also doing consultancy work on Strategic Foresight for Center of Defense Innovation in Italy. He previously worked as strategic analyst for the NATO Allied Command Transformation in the US and for the NATO Strategic Direction South-Hub on issues of instability in MENA region and Africa. He has professional experience in Latin America and South Asia with different INGOs (including the Peace Brigades International and Nonviolent Peaceforce). He has worked with a number of think-tanks including the Carter Center, Nonviolence International, and Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has a MA in Cultural Studies (about Gender, Migration and Security) from the University of Florence, Italy and a PhD in International Studies (about International Conflict and Cooperation) from Old Dominion University in Virginia, US. He is the author of the 2018 Palgrave book “Ethnic Minorities in Democratizing Muslim Countries. Turkey and Indonesia”. He writes for OSSMED, Difesa Online, and his own blog.