Giacomo Persi Paoli is a senior analyst in RAND Europe's Defence, Security and Infrastructure Group. Since joining RAND Europe, Persi Paoli has contributed to several research projects for high profile clients both such as the European Commission, the European Defence Agency, the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders, the UK Army, the UK MOD and the Australian Navy. His areas of expertise span the defence and security domain, with recent work covering counterterrorism, maritime security, border security, risk analysis, arms control and defence market analysis.
Prior to joining RAND Europe, Persi Paoli served 14 years as warfare officer of the Italian Navy with operational experience in maritime interdiction operations, including counter-piracy in the Horn of Africa and immigration surveillance and rescue in the South Mediterranean. He also conducted research and analysis work on illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons and related countermeasures for the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (New York), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (Geneva), and Small Arms Survey (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva).
Persi Paoli received his Ph.D. in economic theory and institutions from the University of Roma Tor Vergata in Italy.
Giacomo Persi Paoli, Ammunition Marking: Current Practices and Future Possibilities, Small Arms Survey, 2011
Giacomo Persi Paoli "Italian Procurement, Exports, and Consumption of Small and Large Caliber Ammunition and Munitions," in Benjamin King (editor), Surveying Europe's Production and Procurement of Small Arms and Light Weapons Ammunition: The Cases of Italy, France and the Russian Federation, Small Arms Survey, 2010
Giacomo Persi Paoli, The Method behind the Mark: a Review of Firearm Marking Technologies, Small Arms Survey, 2010
Giacomo Persi Paoli, Comparative Analysis of Post-Manufacture Marking Instruments and Practices for Small Arms and Light Weapons, International Security Research and Outreach Program Canada (ISROP) and United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), 2009