Cristina Varriale

Research FellowProliferation and Nuclear Policy


Cristina Varriale is a Research Fellow with in Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at RUSI, where she focuses on North Korea’s WMD 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). She has also been a contributor at IHS Jane’s, producing open source research on historical and current nuclear programmes.

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 regularly contributes to prominent media outlets such as BBC World News and Sky News.