Marilisa Lorusso has obtained a PhD on Democracy and Human Rights, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Genoa. She is Country of Origin expert for Rights in Exile (refugee program, UK). She has taught several courses in history, Western and Eastern Europe, international relations and domestic and foreign politics, language and tourism in Italy, Tunisia, Turkey, Armenia. She is a permanent co-operator of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, an Italian think tank, and writes for different centres of studies (Italian and foreign publications). As an expert on South Caucasus, she was deployed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the post-war European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), where she was field office gender focal point, and she was appointed as EU Council Secretariat for the post-war diplomatic discussions held in Geneva. Her research areas are security and democracy sectors reforms, institution building and human rights, sustainability.