Virginia Comolli is a Research Analyst in the Transnational Threats and Political Risk programme at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.
Her responsibilities include monitoring trends, conducting research and managing projects in the areas of organized crime and narcotics trafficking, and several transnational issues including terrorism, radicalisation, cyber-security and warfare; climate change & security and intelligence. She is responsible for developing the IISS’ Non-State Armed Groups database; and producing the annual IISS Chart of Conflict.
She also provides support to the Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk with regard to the organisation of seminars and the overall coordination of the programme. In early 2010 she was seconded as an Expert Analyst to the British Ministry of Justice. Previously she worked for the intelligence unit of a private security company where she focused mainly on the Persian Gulf region, the Maghreb and Afghanistan. She also had a previous brief experience with a strategic intelligence company.
Virginia holds a BA (Hons.) in War Studies and American Studies from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and a Master’s degree in Intelligence and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UK).