Alexander Nicoll

IISS Consulting Member

Main responsibilties: Alexander Nicoll is a Consulting Member of the IISS. 

Background: Alexander was a member of the IISS Directing Staff from 2003 until 2015. During that time he served variously as Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Defence, joint head of the Defence and Military Analysis Programme, and Director of Editorial. He was also the Editor of both Strategic Survey and Strategic Comments.

From 2004 he led the IISS European Capabilities Project, seeking new ways to define and analyse military capabilities in the light of modern missions. With Bastian Giegerich, Alex co-authored the IISS Strategic Dossier ‘European Military Capabilities: Building Armed Forces for Modern Operations’, published in 2008. In 2009–2010, Alex headed an IISS programme on Economics and Conflict Resolution. He wrote extensively on the 2008 financial crisis, and on the subsequent Eurozone crisis – and more recently on the issues raised by Scotland’s referendum on independence. In 2014–15, Alex led a programme of activities related to the NATO Wales Summit, including a workshop and paper on hybrid warfare.

Prior to joining the IISS, Alex was a journalist at the Financial Times newspaper, where he was Defence Correspondent from 1997 to 2002. Previously, he had been the FT’s Asia Editor and also spent three years on secondment to New Delhi as Consulting Editor of Business Standard, India’s second largest business newspaper. Among other positions at the FT, he was Euromarkets Editor, UK News Editor and International Edition Editor. During his earlier career with Reuters news agency, he was a correspondent in Hong Kong, London, Paris, Tehran and New York. He is a graduate of St John’s College, Oxford and was Editor of the student magazine Isis.


Joined IISS: January 2003

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