Nicolo Fasola is doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham and teaching assistant at the University of Bologna. Throughout February-April 2022 he will be Eisenhower PhD Fellow at the NATO Defense College (NDC). Nicolo’s main research areas are Russia’s security policy, NATO, and security sector reform in formerly Communist countries. Prior to his current roles, he was adjunct lecturer at the University of Salford, visiting researcher at Saint Petersburg State University and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, as well as researcher with UniAdrion. Nicolo also served with the Italian Embassy in Estonia and NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). His latest publications are “Reforming Ukraine’s Security Sector” (Survival, with Alyssa J. Wood) and “The shaky grounds of Russia’s escalate to de-escalate doctrine” (NDC Research Paper).