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Graduated in Political Science and International Relations and Institutional communication, both cum laude, Dr Marsili earned a PhD in History, Security Studies and Defence, and three advanced post-graduate diploma degrees: History, Security Studies and Defence; Political Science and International Relations: Security and Defense; Armed Conflicts and Human Rights. He holds positions in major civil and military institutions in Portugal, UK and Italy, where he conducts research in the broad area of international relations, security and defence, with a specific focus on international law, international humanitarian law, fundamental human rights, terrorism, counterterrorism, hybrid and cognitive warfare. He is the principal investigator of international research projects and an appointed member to Technical Teams on Human Security, Information, and Cognitive Warfare in Cyberspace of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO). In 2023 he conducted research on MOD, cyber, space, and the Metaverse commissioned by CASD (Centre for Defence Higher Studies)/IRAD (Defence Research and Analysis Institute) - Italian Ministry of Defence and was engaged as technical evaluator within NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) 2023 pilot Challenge Programme. Previously, Dr Marsili was engaged as cyber defence and cyber security expert in two studies commissioned by the European Defence Agency and in a cyber defence platform financed by the European Commission within the first European Defence Industrial Development Programme. He has a NATO and EU security clearance. Dr Marsili is the recipient of international grants, fellowships, prizes and awards, among which stands up the Seal of Excellence of the European Commission in 2021. He chairs and participates in many international conferences and workshops and is a member of scientific and organizing committees. Dr Marsili held also corporate positions and served as a public official and election observer for the OSCE/ODIHR. He is an outstanding member of the International Society of Military Sciences (ISMS), where co-chairs Working Group 1–War Studies, the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the affiliated Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP), the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), and the European Sociological Association (ESA).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Armed Conflicts and Human Rights , University of Coimbra

11 Nov 202217 Mar 2023

Award Date: 17 Mar 2023

PhD, History, Studies of Security and Defense, University Institute of Lisbon

10 Jun 201416 Oct 2019

Award Date: 16 Oct 2019

Master, History, Studies of Security and Defense

6 Oct 201411 Jun 2015

Award Date: 11 Jun 2015

Bachelor, Political science and international relations, Università degli Studi Niccolò Cusano

20 May 201024 Feb 2011

Award Date: 24 Feb 2011

Bachelor, Communication and Society (Curriculum in Institutional Communication), Università degli Studi di Milano

11 Sept 20021 Dec 2005

Award Date: 1 Dec 2005

External positions

Researcher, Centre for Defense Higher Studies - Centro Alti Studi per la Difesa (CASD)/Defense Research and Analysis Institute - Istituto di Ricerca e Analisi della Difesa (IRAD), Italian Ministry of Defence

23 May 202331 Dec 2023

Researcher, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

20 Dec 2022 → …

Appointed member research teams, NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO)

22 Sept 2022 → …

Associate fellow, Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (CESRAN)

12 Nov 2021 → …

Research Associate, Instituto Universitário Militar

30 Jan 2019 → …

Research associate, University Institute of Lisbon

13 Nov 2015 → …

Research Associate, Academia Militar

Nov 2015 → …


  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • U Military Science (General)
  • security
  • defence
  • terrorism
  • frozen conflicts
  • JZ International relations
  • geopolitics
  • sovereignty
  • statehood
  • independence
  • self-determination
  • international law
  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
  • nato
  • cold war
  • terrorism
  • frozen conflicts
  • JX International law
  • statehood
  • independence
  • self-determination
  • sovereignty
  • armed conflict
  • law of war
  • international humanitarian law
  • international law
  • KZ Law of Nations
  • international law
  • statehood
  • independence
  • self-determination
  • sovereignty
  • JA Political science (General)
  • frozen conflicts
  • terrorism
  • statehood
  • self-determination
  • sovereignty
  • armed conflict


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