Jacopo Bellasio

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Research Leader
Brussels Office


M.Litt. in Middle East and Central Asian security studies, University of St Andrews; B.A. in linguistic and cultural mediation, University of Milan

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Jacopo Bellasio is a research leader at RAND Europe where he focuses on defence and security issues. Some of his recent work includes research on conflict risk assessment and monitoring, counterterrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism, cybersecurity, cyber defence, and border and regional security. While at RAND, Bellasio has managed and contributed to a wide array of policy research projects for high-profile clients, including the European Commission, the European Defence Agency, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security.

Prior to joining RAND, Bellasio worked with a human rights NGO in Lebanon and at the University of St Andrews. Bellasio holds an M.Litt. in Middle East and Central Asian security studies from the University of St Andrews and an undergraduate degree in linguistic and cultural mediation from the University of Milan, Italy.


  • Two women pay their respects to victims of the bombing in Manchester, Britain, May 23, 2017

    It's Difficult to Know If Counter-Extremism Programmes in Europe Are Working

    The benefits of a stronger evaluation culture for counter-extremism and radicalization programs are clear. Evaluation can provide an evidence-based judgement as to whether a program is working, delivering expected results, and providing value for the cost.

    Jun 26, 2017 E!Sharp

  • Women gather by a memorial for the victims of the March 11, 2004 train bombings at Atocha station, in Madrid

    Fighting Terrorism and Radicalisation in Europe

    Since the terrorist attack in Madrid 12 years ago, the threat of terrorism has not diminished. But counter-terrorism efforts have become more sophisticated across Europe, taking aim at the root causes of terrorism before actual attacks take place.

    Mar 11, 2016 The RAND Blog