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Giulio specialises in politics, both domestic and international, in the Asia-Pacific with a focus on Japan, China and the United States. He has presented at a variety of venues, and published articles and contributing chapters concerning academic, policy-oriented and commercial themes in Italy, the U.S. and Japan. He co-authored a book, Sino-Japanese Power Politics: Might, Money and Minds (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), which will be translated into Korean through Myung-In Academic Publishers.

He earned a Laurea (B.A.) in Political Science and East Asian Studies at the University of Naples, "L'Orientale" (cum laude), an M.A. in International Economics and International Relations (concentrating on East Asian Studies) at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, graduating with Honors and passing the final exam with Distinction. He has completed his Ph.D. work at the University of Cambridge after extensive fieldwork in Tokyo, where Giulio was based at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) under the mentorship of Prof. Kitaoka Shinichi. Prior to his appointment at King's College London he worked as an Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Heidelberg University's Institute of Chinese Studies. A regular contributor to and member of the editorial board of Asia Maior, Italy's leading academic publication on current Asian affairs. The recipient of a British Academy post-doctoral fellowship and has held visiting scholar positions at GRIPS, the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and the University of Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies.

Giulio has worked in Japan for about four years – as an intern at Kyodo News, as a “foreign civil servant” in Azuchi and Ōmihachiman City Hall, with the JET Programme, and at the Mitsubishi Research Institute writing on arms export regulations for a study commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry (METI). He has also worked as a freelance translator from Japanese to English for academic and policy publications.

Research interests:

  • The international politics of the Asia-Pacific
  • Great Power politics and the role of personality in foreign policy-making
  • Economic statecraft and strategic communications in US-Japan-China relations
  • International Relations Theory.

Giulio’s personal experiences, together with his formal tertiary education, have given him a multidisciplinary approach that weds traditional social science methodologies with the broader concerns of area studies specialists and diplomatic historians.


  • BA3 Japan and East Asian Security
  • MA Strategic Communications in the Asia-Pacific
  • BA2 War and Strategy in East Asia (co-convener)

Expertise & Public Engagement

Giulio regularly gives interviews on the international politics and economics of the Asia-Pacific for a variety of media outlets including Bloomberg News, Al Jazeera Arabic,, Il Sole 24Ore, Tokyo Review, Il Foglio, Radio24. His commentaries have also featured in policy outlets, as well as Japanese and Chinese news media (Nikkei Asian Review, the South China Morning Post, Chūō Kōron, China-US Focus, the Japan Times, People’s Daily Online, Apple Daily, Phoenix, IAI, ISPI).

He is open to collaborative projects with government departments, NGOs, international organizations, the private sector, and other academic institutions. 

Commentaries, academic and policy publications: