Benedetta Berti is Head of the Policy Planning Unit in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Oriental Studies from the University of Bologna, a Master’s degree and PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and two post-doctorates in International Relations and Political Science.
An Eisenhower Global Fellow and a TED Senior Fellow, in the past decade Berti has held research and teaching positions at West Point, The Institute for National Security Studies and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, among others. Her work focuses on armed groups and internal wars, analyzing the impact of insecurity on civilians and studying how to build more peaceful and resilient communities.
Berti is the author of four books, including the most recent Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration (2013) and her work has appeared, among other outlets, in Al-Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as in academic journals. Her research has been awarded numerous awards, grants and fellowships.