Andrea Gilli is a Senior Researcher in Military Affairs at the NATO Defense College in Rome and an Affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation of Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute (EUI) in Fiesole (Florence, Italy), an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Turin (Italy).
Andrea’s research mainly focuses on issues related to international security, and more specifically to questions about military technology and innovation, net assessment as well as operations and strategy. His dissertation employs management science to explain why European countries cooperate on some type of weapon systems and not on others. In 2015, Andrea was awarded the European Defence Agency and Egmont Institute’s bi-annual prize for the best dissertation on European defence, security and strategy.
Andrea’s work has been published or is forthcoming in leading journals in his field such as International Security, Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies and the RUSI Journal. Andrea is among the handful of Europe-based security studies scholars whose publications are or has been assigned for classes in the most prestigious universities in the world including Harvard University, Stanford University, ETH-Zurich, Columbia University, University of California Berkeley, Ohio State University, University of Chicago, Georgetown University, University of Texas-Austin, Dartmouth College, Yale University, University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, SciencePo, University of Bologna, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Air University, Air Force Academy, University of Waterloo, University of Edinburgh, Southern Denmark University and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, among others.
In the past, Andrea held post-doctoral fellowships at both Harvard (Belfer Center) and Stanford University (CISAC) and visiting fellowships at both Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and Columbia University (Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies). Andrea has consulted for leading defense organizations, including one of the ten biggest defense companies in the world, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment, the EU Military Committee as well as other armed forces or intelligence agencies. Andrea. Andrea has also worked or conducted research for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Preparatory Commission for the the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the European Union Institute for Security Studies (Paris, France), and the Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague (Prague, Czech Republic).
Andrea’s twin brother – Mauro – holds a PhD from Northwestern University and is currently a Senior Researcher in Military Technology at the Center for Security Studies of ETH-Zurich: they collaborate on different projects.