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.