Chiara Cervasio

Policy Fellow

Chiara is a Policy Fellow at BASIC, working on the Programme on Nuclear Responsibilities. Chiara has expertise in international diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution practices. Chiara’s work explores, through research and practice, the role of empathy and trust in the relationship between nuclear adversaries and in international diplomatic negotiations more broadly.
Chiara is also interested in investigating the security dynamics between nuclear possessor and non-possessor states in the Asia-Pacific region. Chiara has provided commentaries for the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and has presented her research at several conferences, such as the British International Studies Association (BISA) and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Chiara is completing a PhD at the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham, where she examines the role of empathy in the de-escalation of two bilateral crises in contemporary Sino-Indian relations. Chiara also has teaching experience, having worked as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) and as a Teaching Fellow to deliver International Relations modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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 mediation
– Nuclear policy in South Asia
– Trust-building and cooperation between nuclear adversaries
– Nuclear Responsibilities
– Sino-Indian security relations
– Empathy and trust in conflict management practices

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