Andrew Parasiliti is Director of the Center for Global Risk and Security and Acting Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center, National Security Research Division, at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND, he was Editor of Al-Monitor.com, which received the International Press Institute’s 2014 Free Media Pioneer Award; Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies-U.S. and Corresponding Director, IISS-Middle East; Principal, Government Affairs-International, at the BGR Group; Foreign Policy Adviser to U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel; Director of the Middle East Initiative at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and Director of Programs at the Middle East Institute. Parasiliti is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Virginia Club of New York.
He received a Ph.D. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his dissertation on Iraq; a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia; and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in Psychology, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.