Diana Dascalu is a research assistant at RAND Europe working primarily in the areas of defence, security and infrastructure. Her research interests include various defence- and security-related topics, including violent extremism, terrorism, insurgency, the impact of 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 SHAPE, and most recently at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She holds an M.A. in international security and terrorism from the University of Nottingham.