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 research and practice, how to develop mutual understanding and reduce distrust between nuclear adversaries. Chiara is currently researching policy options to reduce nuclear risks in South Asia and the Asia-Pacific through an applied focused on shared nuclear responsibilities. In addition, she is researching policy proposals to reduce risks to human security in the Arctic.

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 conflict management in contemporary China-India relations. She 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.

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.



– Nuclear diplomacy and trust-building practices
– Nuclear Risk Reduction in South Asia and the Asia-Pacific
– Nuclear Responsibilities
– China-India relations
– Distrust reduction practices in diplomacy

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