Dr Ana Alecsandru is a Research Fellow in the Proliferation and Nuclear Programme and project coordinator of UK PONI, a cross-generational network which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues. Ana’s research interests include nuclear arms control (particularly US-Russia), deterrence, non-proliferation, disarmament, as well as the impact of emerging technologies on nuclear arms control.
Prior to joining RUSI, Ana worked in nuclear policy and research at Chatham House and the University of Birmingham. She has also worked for the Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre at NATO HQ in Brussels and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in New York. She is a 2017 alumnus of the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Boot Camp at UC San Diego.
Ana is a founding member of the Emerging Voices Network, a community of next generation experts on nuclear issues which works to develop policy recommendations to reduce the nuclear threat. She is also a Girl Security mentor.
Ana holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Birmingham, where her dissertation focused on the relationship between trust and verification in nuclear arms control negotiations between the United States and Russia. She received an MA in Security Studies and an MA in Research Methods, both from the University of Birmingham (Distinction), as well as a BSc (Hons) in Politics with International Relations from the University of Bath (First-Class).