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Research Analyst, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Darya is a Research Analyst with RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme. Her research focuses on understanding the nuclear weapons programmes of Iran and North Korea, the ways in which weapons of mass destruction proliferation is financed, and best practices on countering proliferation finance (CPF) and sanctions evasion. As part of her contributions to RUSI’s work on CPF, she provides guidance to representatives of governments and financial institutions on understanding their exposure to proliferation financing risk and strengthening their CPF and sanctions-compliance regimes. Her research interests also include the proliferation and proliferation financing patterns of non-state actors.
Prior to joining RUSI, Darya had served as the manager of government relations and policy development at Canada’s national aerospace industry association. She also has experience working in the due diligence sector and on defence-related issues in Canada’s Parliament. She holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.Soc.Sc. in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa.
Darya is also engaged with RUSI’s Redefining Expertise in Defence and Security (REDS) initiative, which provides a platform for underrepresented voices and subjects in the defence and security space.