Neil Dee

Neil Dee

Research Associate and Deputy Lead for Operations


Neil Dee


Neil Dee


Neil Dee is a Research Associate and Deputy Lead for Operations at the Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy. Neil’s research interests include strategy, airpower, operational art, and counterinsurgency, and he has diverse professional experience in a variety of national and international political environments.

Neil was previously Deputy Manager for Enterprise Policy Engagement at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, where he led work to promote international and regional trade for SMEs in the context of Brexit, and was founder of the #MyAmbition initiative for future leaders. Alongside this, Neil held a senior business development role with the tech spinout Kmend Ltd. and worked with the Family Business Network of Ireland where he provided research support and assistance in relation to indigenous Irish businesses. Neil previously provided local staff support in relation to culture and economics at the Taipei Representative Office, Dublin. Prior to this, he interned with the Embassy of Ireland, Germany, and the Constituency Office of Dara Calleary TD.

He has an MA in International Relations (Global Conflict in the Modern Era specialisation) from Leiden University where he graduated Cum Laude. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a BA (Honours) in History and Political Science. During his undergraduate degree he also completed his Erasmus Study Abroad at Universität Mannheim in Germany.

Book Chapters & Articles in Edited Volumes

“The “hand of history”? History, strategic culture, and the Irish approach to peacekeeping”, Defend, Protect, Serve: The Irish Defence Forces and Contemporary and Future Threats – an Edited Collection, Palgrave MacMillan, Eds. Jonathan Carroll, Mark Williams & Matthew O’Neill, forthcoming.

Reports & Working Papers

“Taking Stock of Ireland’s Defence Industry”, The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy, policy report, forthcoming.

Other Publications, Commentaries & Op-eds

““Broken Arrow”: Airpower, Operational Art and the Pleiku Campaign; October-November 1965’, research paper presented at the International Society of Military Sciences Annual Conference, 2021.

Public Outreach, Lectures and Consultations

Speaker, International Society of Military Sciences Annual Conference, 2021.

Student Representative, MA International Relations Opleidingscommissie (Education Committee) Leiden University, 2020-2021.

Member, German Federal Foreign Office/European Academy Berlin German-Irish Young Leaders Exchange, 2019.

Member, International and European Affairs (IIEA) ‘Emerging Voices’ voluntary panel and ‘Young Professionals Network’ (YPN), 2019.