Dr Benedetta Berti is the Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO.An Eisenhower Global Fellow, a Foreign Policy Research Institute Senior Fellow, and a TED Senior Fellow,in the past decade Benedetta has held research and teaching positions at West Point, The Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, among others.Her research focuses on armed groups, internal wars, and protection of civilians. Dr. Berti is the author of four books, including “Armed Political Organizations. From Conflict to Integration” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) and her work and research have appeared, among others, in Al-Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times; as well as in academic journals including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Parameters, the Middle East Journal, ORBIS, Democratization, Civil Wars, Government & Opposition and Mediterranean Politics.Her work and research have been awarded numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, the Horowitz Foundation Grant, the Lady Davis Fellowship, the Bradley Foundation Fellowship, the Morris Abrams Award in International Relations, the Rosenthal Fellowship and the International Center for Non-Violent Conflict Curriculum Fellowship.
In 2015 the Italian government awarded her the Order of the Star of Italy (order of Knighthood). She is a Young Atlanticist Fellow, a Körber Foundation’s Munich Young Leader, a German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Young Strategist, as well as a member of the Asian Forum on Global Governance, the Global Young Academy, theInternational Military Council on Climate and Security and the UN Alliance of Civilizations “Global Experts.” Benedetta holds a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Bologna, an MA and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School (Tufts University), and two post-doctorates in International Relations and Political Science.