Ioana Constantin-Bercean is an international affair professional with solid academic experience and has worked abroad for over a decade. She is currently PhD candidate in International Relations at UBB – Cluj-Napoca and PhD candidate in Sociology, at University of Bucharest. She is the author of numerous articles in specialized publications dealing with topics related to the Middle East, and about the Islamic Republic of Iran in particular. She has studied or collaborated on various projects as an associate researcher at various Western institutions: International Institute for Peace (Vienna, Austria), Diplomatische Akademie Wien (Austria), Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation (Austria) and Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. (USA). She is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and speaks Farsi, Arabic and Italian conversationally. Fields of interest: political sociology, international relations, foreign policy, security studies, information analysis.