Cristina Varriale is a Senior Research Analyst, North East Asia at Janes Intelligence. Previously, Cristina spent six years in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy team at RUSI, culminating in a short period as Acting Director, where she focused on North Korea’s nuclear and chemical weapons programmes, North/South Korea relations, US extended deterrence in East Asia and disarmament diplomacy in the NPT.
Prior to joining RUSI 2016, she worked in nuclear policy and research with the International Centre for Security Analysis (ICSA) and with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC).
Cristina holds an MA in Non-proliferation and International Security from King’s College London. She was also part of the 2018 Nuclear Scholars Initiative at the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington DC, and was selected for the 2021 Emerging Leaders Fellowship with the South Korean National Institute for Unification Education.