Jean-Pierre Darnis explores the definition of borders, and what they actually mean within Europe and outside Europe. He suggests that we should consider the Mediterranean an open space. Born in the South of France, after studying in Toulouse and Milan, he discussed his PHD in human science in Paris. He wrote his post-graduate thesis hosted by the library of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome, a leading italian NPO for international studies. Today he is deputy-director of IAI’s security and defence program and coordinator for “France-Italy strategic forum”. He teaches at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and is a columnist for Il Foglio newspaper.