Dr Alina Polyakova is president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), as well as an adjunct professor of European studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is a recognised expert on transatlantic relations, European security, Russian foreign policy, digital authoritarianism and populism in democracies. Prior to joining CEPA, she was the founding director for Global Democracy and Emerging Technology at the Brookings Institution and prior to that served as director of research for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council. She has held numerous prestigious fellowships, including at the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Fulbright Foundation. Dr Polyakova also serves on the board of the Free Russia Foundation and the Institute of Modern Russia. She is the author of the book The Dark Side of European Integration, published in 2015, as well as dozens of major reports and articles.