Jean-Louis Romanet Perroux

Fletcher’s uniqueness: I believe that knowledge is not achieved through the mastery of a single discipline and cannot reside within a single perspective, particularly in international relations. Hence, I highly value inter-disciplinary approaches and diversity in cultural and professional backgrounds. In this sense, Fletcher is has a unique comparative advantage with its unmatchable diversity of culture, education and experience among its student body. Moreover, the amazing diversity in the academic and professional experience of the Fletcher faculty and the school’s rich palette of course offerings in fields as diverse as law, human security, international security, business, finance and mediation, only to cite a few, match the diversity of the student body. At Fletcher I could deepen my core expertise while also developing entirely new ones. Finally, I personally care for both rigorous academic teaching and research and policy/practice. I believe that achieving greater knowledge must serve the purpose of making a practical difference in the world through better policy or practice. Fletcher allows me to marry these two aspirations.

The Fletcher community: One major difference between Fletcher and other top-ranking IR schools around the world is the fantastic atmosphere among students and with the faculty that we enjoy. When I volunteered for the Fletcher admission’s office, hosting roundtable conversations with prospective students, I often stressed this point and was asked why it is so. It is quite a puzzle that equally ambitious, driven and competitive young women and men are more relaxed, playful and collaborative at Fletcher than at other prime IR schools. I debated at length competing hypotheses with fellow Fletcher students… Is it the relatively small size of the student body? Is it the large prevalence of humanitarian-driven, non-profit oriented individuals within the student body? Is it the by-product of its relative geographical isolation? Does it have to do with orange, as our Dutch friends may argue? Probably all of the above and more. Fact is, when individualistic, overly competitive and ambitious individuals enter Fletcher, they are socialized into this environment that teaches them how to achieve their goals while having fun, cooperating and helping others.

Favorite magazine:

Internazionale (Italy)

Favorite book:

Le Petit Prince

Favorite movie:

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Favorite food:

Anything spicy

Most memorable international experience:

Visiting the jail in Bunia, Ituri region, Democratic Republic of Congo

Favorite landmark:

Gaber Awhn, Libyan Sahara desert

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
  • International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher European club
  • Fletcher Volleyball
  • PhD Committee
  • Admissions office
  • Islamic club
  • Fares Center for Mediterranean Studies

Education before Fletcher

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • MA Political Science, with honors, Università degli Studi di Trieste
  • BS Aeronautical Science, Italian Air Force Academy

Experience before Fletcher

  • Air Force Pilot and instructor, Italian Air Force


  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • English