Cynthia is a political scientist working as a faculty research advisor at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Since 2015, she was respectively a Max Weber Fellow and an associate researcher at the SPS Department and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence. Previously, she was affiliated to the Institute for Strategic Studies (IRSEM) at the French Ministry of Defense (2011-2015). She received a PhD from the EHESS in Paris and was a lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris (2013-2018). Her research covers topics of diplomacy, foreign policy, political violence, radicalization and international security —with a focus on the role of non-state actors including diasporas, lobbies and religious actors. She is a co-founder of Caron Associés a french consultancy for governments and international organizations and of Danaïdes.org.