Giovanni Ercolani is Thesis Adviser for the "Peace Operations Training Institute" (USA). A Doctor in Political Science and Oriental Studies (Turkish studies), both from the University of Roma ("La Sapienza", Italy), he holds a M.A. in Politics and Government (St. John’s University, New York, USA), a Master in Social Anthropology (University of Murcia, Spain), and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Security Studies (Nottingham Trent University, UK). Previously, Dr. Ercolani served at the NATO COMLANDSOUTHEAST HQ in Izmir, Turkey, and has been a Research Associate at the "Scottish Centre for International Security" at the University of Aberdeen (UK). Dr. Ercolani has been lecturing on international security issues, and cultural and political anthropology in Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, France, Slovenia, Romania, Albania, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Brazil and China. He is a specialist in Social and Political Anthropology, Political Science, Security Studies, Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution, CIMIC operations, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, and Contemporary History. And he is a regional expert on Turkey. Dr. Ercolani is Fellow of the "Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland" (UK), and member (elected) of the "Royal Institute of International Affairs" ("Chatham House", London. UK).