Diana Dascalu

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M.A. in international security and terrorism (distinction), University of Nottingham; B.Sc. in psychology (first class, with honours), University of Birmingham


Diana Dascalu is an analyst in the Defence and Security group at RAND Europe. Her research interests include violent extremism, terrorism, insurgency, emerging threats and emerging technologies, as well as Russia-centric military and political topics.

Prior to joining RAND, she worked within NATO structures – at the NATO Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and NATO SHAPE. She holds an M.A. in International Security and Terrorism from the University of Nottingham.


  • A member of the local Explosives and Ordnance Division wearing a specialized suit tries to install a water diffuser to an improvised explosive device during a bomb drill in a high school courtyard in Manila, Philippines, July 14, 2017, photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

    Defining 'Terrorism' Is the First Step to Defeating It

    Western policy- and decisionmakers continue to grapple with how to define acts of terrorism and when it is appropriate to bring terrorism charges. Establishing a consensus on the definition of terrorism and bringing to center stage the importance of adequately charging acts of terrorism could be more important than ever.

    Nov 8, 2021 The National Interest