Alessandro is a MSFS candidate concentrating in Global Politics and Security. His two internship experiences at the Department of State, one at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels and the second at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, have provided him with the knowledge, as well as research and writing skills, to inform his interest in the intersection between transatlantic security and diplomacy issues.
In addition, Alessandro has gained valuable field experience and a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the historical and current geopolitical dynamics influencing U.S. and EU foreign policy through his time serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the People’s Republic of China, along with a semester abroad in Italy and his volunteer experience at an NGO in Lebanon. He thrives when collaborating with stakeholders from different backgrounds and cultures, especially when this allows him to leverage his fluency in French, Italian, English, and Spanish. He also holds an HSK certification in Modern Standard Mandarin.
Through experiences in and beyond the classroom, he is currently gaining a deeper understanding about the interconnectedness between cross-sector issues related to grand strategy, international law, and great power cooperation. Alessandro earned a French ‘baccalauréat’ from the Lycée International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye and a BA in International Comparative Studies from Duke University.
"I chose the MSFS program to broaden my technical skill set and theoretical knowledge so as to achieve my professional goals and meaningfully contribute to any organization I join upon graduation. Most importantly, I am grateful to have joined a community of individuals who share my commitment to public service."