Dr. Iulia Joja is a director and senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, where she works on Black Sea security and Afghanistan. She also teaches European security at the Georgetown University and European affairs at the Foreign Service Institute. Prior to this, Dr. Joja served as an adviser to the Romanian President and as a deputy project manager at NATO Allied Command Transformation in Virginia. She has worked with the Romanian delegation to the United Nations, the European Parliament, and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Joja was also a visiting scholar at the Center of Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces in Potsdam, where she researched German and European security, and a DAAD post-doctoral fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she researched Black Sea security. Dr. Joja's Ph.D. thesis on Romania’s strategic culture was published by Columbia University Press in 2019.