Elisabeta is a PhD candidate in Public Policy. She gained her MA in Public Policy majoring in Security at CEU's School of Public Policy, where she has been working as Research Assistant for a terrorism history data mining project and as Teaching Assistant for courses in Public Management and Policy Analysis. Her research is focused on Armed Non-State Organizations in the MENA region, emerging threats and hybrid war, as well as terrorism studies, political participation and political parties. She also works in the field of Digital Policy and is interested in policy learning. Before joining CEU, Elisabeta gained an MA in Comparative Politics from the University of Bucharest and was active in the NGO sector in Romania, focusing on stakeholder management, transatlantic cooperation and CSO partnerships in the EU. Her work included community development, community organizing, and public relations.