Dr Chiara Cervasio

Policy Fellow and Programme Manager, Nuclear Responsibilities
Nuclear Diplomacy | Trust-building | Asia-Pacific

Chiara is a Policy Fellow at BASIC and Programme Manager of the BASIC-ICCS’s Programme on Nuclear Responsibilities. Chiara also collaborates with the BASIC’s Programme on Risk Reduction in the Arctic. 

Chiara’s background and expertise is in nuclear diplomacy, nuclear risk reduction, and conflict resolution practices. Her work explores, through both research and practice as dialogue facilitator, how to improve risk reduction through trust-building practices between nuclear adversaries and in international diplomatic negotiations more broadly. Chiara is also interested in investigating security dynamics between nuclear armed states in the Asia-Pacific, especially India-China-Pakistan, and Arctic security dynamics.

Chiara has provided talks at Wilton Park (UK FCDO) and at the MINDS briefing expert series for the Government of Canada (DND). Chiara has presented her research at several conferences, such as the British International Studies Association (BISA), the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Chiara has articles in peer-review for high impact journals and has written extensive policy commentaries on nuclear risk reduction, conflict resolution, and China-India relations. She has also authored several reports for BASIC.

Chiara holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham. Her PhD focused on distrust reduction and crisis management in contemporary China-India relations. 

In addition, Chiara holds a first-class Master from the University of Bologna in International Security and a first-class degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Pisa.

International diplomacy and third-party dialogue interventions
Empathy and trust in conflict management
Nuclear policy in Southern Asia
Trust-building and cooperation between nuclear adversaries
Nuclear Responsibilities
China-India relations
Arctic security relations

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