Virginia ComolliResearch Associate for Transnational Threats
Virginia graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2005 with First Class Honours in War Studies and American Studies. Following the completion of a Master's degree in Intelligence and Strategic Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she began working at the IISS where she was first part of the Military Balance team and conducted research on Sub-Saharan Africa. Until May 2012 she was a Research Analyst and Assistant to the Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, and focused on issues such as international terrorism, radicalisation, organised crime and drugs, conflict, cyber security and warfare, and energy security. In this capacity she was temporarily seconded to the UK Ministry of Justice as an Expert Analyst.
Virginia had also spent six months working for the intelligence unit of a private security company where she concentrated mainly on the Persian Gulf region, the Maghreb and Afghanistan. She also had a previous brief experience with a strategic intelligence company.