Centro interuniversitario Machiavelli

CIMA (Italy)

The Centro Interuniversitario Machiavelli (CIMA) is a leading research centre in the field of international history in Italy and in Europe. CIMA is a consortium of Academic departments from the Universities of Florence, Roma Tre, Pavia, Perugia and Milan. Its main task is to promote research, conferences and publications related to international history and politics. CIMA has a long standing collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since 2010, CIMA and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars have been co-directing the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), a global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history through archival documents, oral history interviews and other sources.
Acknowledging that today's toughest nuclear challenges have deep roots in the past, CIMA is trying to work towards an integrated international history of nuclear weapons proliferation. By doing so, CIMA's research aims to contribute to promoting a robust scholarship and effective policy decisions.

Contact information

Centro interuniversitario Machiavelli - CIMA

Via delle Pandette, 21 – 50127 Firenze

Tel: +39 055 4374499
Fax: +39 0554374919
Website: http://www.machiavellicenter.net

The team

Giovanni Mario Ceci - Research Fellow



Giovanni Mario Ceci is Contract Professor of “Italian Culture” for USAC at Università della Tuscia in Viterbo and is “cultore della materia” in Contemporary History at Università degli Studi Roma Tre. Since completing his Ph.D. in Contemporary History, he has held fellowships at Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome and at the INSMLI (National Institute for the Study of Resistance in Italy) in Milan. His research and publications focus on different topics:  Fascism; Italian politics (above all on the history of the Christian Democratic Party); Italian terrorism; the Italian anti-nuclear movement; Italians’ attitudes towards peace and war from the ‘80s up to the Iraq War. He has just completed a book dealing with the interpretations of Italian terrorism elaborated by Italian and foreign scholars from 1977 to the present.


  • History of Italian Politics
  • Italian Terrorism
  • History of Italian anti-nuclear mouvement
  • Italians’ attitudes towards peace and war from the ‘80s up to the Iraq War

Lodovica Clavarino - PhD Student

Tel: 0039 – 339 5444314


Lodovica Clavarino is a Ph.D. candidate at the Doctoral School in Political Science of University Roma Tre (finishing in May 2013), with a dissertation on “The security policy of the Federal Republic of Germany during the détente, 1967-1975”.
She participated in the Research Program of Relevant National Interest (PRIN) 2010-2013: “In the shadow of the bomb. A political history of the nuclear proliferation”; the 1st edition of the Summer School of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, NPIHP (2011): “Nuclear Boot Camp”, Allumiere (Roma- Italy); ISODARCO Winter Course, Italian Pugwash Group, Andalo (Trento- Italy)


  • Cold War History (particularly détente)
  • Nuclear Proliferation History
  • Transnational anti-nuclear movements (particularly scientists’ movements)
  • West German history

Marilena Gala - Lecturer/Research Fellow

Tel: +39 0657335308


Marilena Gala is a Lecturer of History of International Relations at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Rome III, where she teaches a graduate course on nuclear power in the international system. She is a specialist in Cold War transatlantic relations and arms control. She has been Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, in 2003 and 2010. She is currently working on a book project on Transatlantic relations from the European security standpoint between the climax of détente and the end of the Cold War.


  • History of Transatlantic relations
  • History of Arms control
  • Nuclear history

Matteo Gerlini - Research Fellow

Tel: +3470772164


Matteo Gerlini is a scholar of Diplomatic History, with a keen interest in the history of technology. His research interests shifted toward integration of languages between sciences and humanities in an historical perspective. He is a Research fellow at the University of Florence, Centre of Excellence (CoE) “Jean Monnet”.
He is the Representative of the University of Florence at the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) of  IAEA.
Since 2007 he has worked as a journalist on a local on-line newspaper. He is a journalist in compliance with the Italian laws, code number 122094.


  • Nuclear History
  • International history of technology
  • Mediterranean studies

Renato Moro - Advisory Board

Tel: +39 06 57335325


Renato Moro is Professor of Contemporary History and Director of the Ph.D. School in Political Sciences at Roma Tre University. He is co-editor of the historical journal Mondo contemporaneo and member of the Advisory Boards of Hispania, the Centre for Peace History in the History Department of the University of Sheffield, INSMLI (Istituto per la Storia del Movimento di Liberazione in Italia), the edition of Amintore Fanfani’s Diaries, the Rome Museum of the Shoah. He has published intensively on politics and religion in the 20th Century (Fascism, Nationalism, Racism, Anti-Semitism, Pacifism).


  • Contemporary History
  • Peace History
  • Anti-Nuclear Movements’ History
  • Church History

Leopoldo Nuti - Director

Tel: +39 06 57335308


Leopoldo Nuti is Professor of History of International Relations at Roma Tre University and co-Director of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project and Director of CIMA, an Italian Inter-university Center for Cold War Studies. He has published extensively in Italian, English and French on US-Italian relations and Italian foreign and security policy. His latest book is a history of nuclear weapons in Italy during the Cold War, La sfida nucleare. La politica estera italiana e le armi nucleari, 1945-1991.


  • History of Transatlantic Relations
  • Nuclear History
  • History of Italian Foreign Policy
  • History of Non-Proliferation

Giordana Pulcini - Research fellow

Tel: +393922861521


Giordana Pulcini is a research fellow at Roma Tre  University, where she teaches History of the relationship between Europe and the United States. She is also a member of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) and, since 2011, she has coordinated the organization of the NPIHP Nuclear Boot Camp. She completed her Ph.D. in 2008 with a dissertation on the US domestic opposition to the SALT II Treaty and the rising of the Neoconservatives during the Seventies. She is currently focusing her research on the US strategic and arms control policy during the first Reagan Administration.


  • Nuclear History
  • History of US Strategic Policy
  • History of Arms Control
  • History of  Transatlantic relationship

Antonio Tiseo - PhD student

Tel: +39 3803906036


Graduated at the University of Florence with a thesis on the Carter administration’s Nuclear Non-proliferation policy. He is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation at Roma Tre on the Plutonium Economy and European Integration, analyzing the parabola of Fast Reactors within EURATOM's framework between the sixties and the seventies.


  • History of European Integration
  • Nuclear History
  • History of Non-Proliferation
  • History of Science and Technology