Giacomo Bruni

Doctoral Researcher

Research Interests

  • IR Theory 
  • Cybersecurity
  • Norms 
  • Governance
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Chinese Foreign Policy
  • China-ASEAN relations
  • China-India relations 
  • International Territorial Disputes 


Giacomo is a Doctoral Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). 

He works on the NORM project, which aims at investigating how China's Digital Silk Road shapes the digital world order and its norms, and the agency that recipient developing countries exercise in response. 

Giacomo's broad research interests pertain to the area of IR Theory, International Security, Science and Technology Studies, and Chinese Foreign Policy. 

Prior to joining PRIO, he was Junior Research Analyst at the Observatories Digital Innovation at the Polytechnic University of Milan and worked as Program and Research Intern at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Giacomo holds a MA in European and International Studies from the University of Trento and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Pavia.


2022-: Doctoral Researcher, PRIO.

2022: Junior Research Analyst, Observatories Digital Innovation, Polytechnic University of Milan.

2020: Program and Research Intern, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

2018: Intern, Department of Political and Social Science, University of Pavia.


2022-: PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Oslo

2018-2021: MA in European and International Studies (summa cum laude), University of Trento.

2015-2018: BA in Political Science and International Relations (summa cum laude), University of Pavia.

Exchange agreements:

2019-2020: School of Public Affairs, University of Zhejiang.

2016-2017: Department of Political Science, University of Vienna.


Italian, English, Spanish, German (basic).

Blog Posts

China’s Plan for Ukraine Is No Plan at All

Posted by Giacomo Bruni & Ilaria Carrozza on Thursday, 2 March 2023

China’s position paper won’t contribute to peace in Ukraine, but it does offer useful insights into how Beijing conceives of its global role. On February 24, one year after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, China released a paper on “China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis.” In ... Read more »

Towards a Chip-Alliance?

Posted by Giacomo Bruni & Ilaria Carrozza on Friday, 17 February 2023

Long-lasting trilateral negotiations between the US, the Netherlands and Japan are expected to result in joint efforts to limit China’s domestic production of chips. The decision represents a symbolic win for the Biden Administration, but further negotiations will determine the scope and significance of the emerging “Chip-Alliance”. On January 27th, ... Read more »

The US Declares Chip-War on China

Posted by Giacomo Bruni on Wednesday, 26 October 2022

The United States recently announced a new set of restrictions on the export of advanced semiconductors, chip-making equipment, and supercomputer components to China. The interim final rule further escalates the geopolitical dispute between the US and China and raises concerns about the increasing fragmentation of the digital domain. The interim ... Read more »