Francesco Valacchi graduated in Strategic Sciences in Turin (2004) and International Studies in Pisa (2013). He then obtained a PhD in Political Science with a specialization in Geopolitics always in Pisa in 2018. He deals with geopolitics, geoeconomics and International Political Economy with particular regard to the Asian area (Especially Southern Asia and ASEAN). He is deeply interested in the connection between social structures and International Political Economics (IPE), near to some models of IPE English School. He has published a book examining the connection between religious extremism and rarefied State Sovereignty in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Le Federally Administered Tribal Areas: Storia e futuro dell'estremismo islamico in Pakistan e Afghanistan).