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Alessandro Arduino

Principal Research Fellow, National University of Singapore

Dr. Alessandro Arduino
Principal Research Fellow, Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore
& Associate: Lau China Institute, King’s College London and Security & Crisis Management International Centre at the Shanghai Academy of Social Science (SASS).

Dr Arduino’s two decades of experience in China encompasses security
analysis and crisis management. His main research interests include
private military and security companies, China, Central Asia and the Middle
East and North Africa relations, and China’s security and foreign
policy. Dr Arduino is the author of several books, and he has published
papers and commentaries in various journals in Italian, English and
Chinese. His podcast, Boots off the Ground (BOTG), discusses how uniformed
soldiers, or boots on the ground, are being replaced by private military
companies and automated weapons. His most recent book is China’s Private
Army: Protecting the New Silk Road (Palgrave, 2018).


  • –present
    Principal Research Fellow, MEI National University of Singapore