Aldo Ferrari (PhD) is Head of the Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Program at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan. He is Associate Professor of Armenian Language and Culture, History of the Caucasus and Central Asia, and History of the Russian Culture at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where he is also Director of the ELEO Master’s Degree in Languages and Economies of Eastern Europe. Co-founder (2004) and President (2013-2016) of the Association of Italian Studies on Central Asia and the Caucasus (ASIAC), he is Editor of the series “Eurasiatica. Quaderni di studio su Balcani, Iran, Caucaso e Asia Centrale”, Ca’ Foscari University Press, Venice.
He directed the following researches realized by ISPI: Russia 2018. Predictable Elections, Uncertain Future (2018). “Putin’s Russia: Really Back?” (2016); “Beyond Ukraine. EU and Russia in Search of a New Relation (2015)”; Oltre la Crimea. La Russia contro l’Europa?” (2014); “Society and Culture in Putin’s Russia” (2014), “China in Central Asia” (2012), “Politics and Society in a changing Russia” (2012), "Italy and the Eastern Neighbours of EU – The Republics of South Caucasus” (2010), “After Russo-Georgian War. The Caucasus in a European Perspective” (2008), “Central Asia: the Role of Italy and the European Perspective” (2007).
His main fields of research are Russian History and Culture, Armenian History and Culture, History of the Caucasus, Geopolitics of the Post-Soviet States.