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Mauro Gilli

Senior Researcher in Military Technology and International Security, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich


Mauro Gilli is a Senior Researcher in Military Technology and International Security at the Center for Security Studies of ETH-Zurich. He received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2015, with major in International Relations and minor in Methodology. He has an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from the University of Turin. During the academic year 2015-16 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Dickey Center of Dartmouth College. In support of his doctoral research, in 2013 he was awarded the Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship. For his research he has employed qualitative, quantitative and experimental methods. His research interests include security studies, military innovations, political economy of national security, and asymmetric wars. He is currently working on a book manuscript whose provisional title is "Military-Technological Superiority: Explaining Failure and Success in Industrial Espionage, Reverse Engineering and Imitation of Advanced Weapon Systems.