Andrew Parasiliti is director of the Center for Global Risk and Security 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 advisor 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; an M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia; and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.