Chiara Cervasio

Policy Fellow

Chiara is a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), the University of Birmingham and a Nuclear Policy Analyst at the British American Security Council (BASIC).
Chiara has a background in Political Science, International Relations and International Security. Before completing her BSc in 2014 at the University of Pisa, she worked as an intern at the European University Institute, Fiesole (FI). She then obtained her MSc in 2017 from the University of Bologna, specialising in Politics of Contemporary Asia.
Her PhD project, funded by the School of Government and Society, examines the role of empathy and trust in the de-escalation of international diplomatic crisis between adversaries by security or status dilemmas. In particular, the project examines the resolution of two bilateral crises in Sino-Indian relations between the late 1980s and the late 1990s. During her doctoral studies, Chiara has also been working as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) for the UG module “Understanding International Relations” and as a Teaching Fellow for the PG module “Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics” at the University of Birmingham.
At BASIC, she mainly collaborates to the development of the Programme on Nuclear Responsibilities. The Programme aims to create a meaningful dialogue between both nuclear possessor and non-possessor states which can be framed around shared nations of responsibilities and empathic cooperations, rather than around rights, blame and suspicion.
Chiara’s broad research interests are International Relations Theory, International Diplomacy, Political Psychology, Nuclear Policy and the Asia-Pacific region.

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