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Nicole Grajewski is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a predoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s International Security Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Her doctoral dissertation examines the place of Iran within Russian foreign policy thinking and the convergences and divergences in Russian and Iranian approaches to international order and security. 

Her research interests include Russia-Iran relations, Russian approaches to international law and regional security, Russian foreign policy in Central Asia and the Middle East, as well as Iran’s relations with the Central Asian states. She has conducted fieldwork in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Cyprus, and Israel. Nicole speaks English, French, Persian (Farsi & Tajik), and Russian.   

She holds an MPhil in Russia and East European Studies from the University of Oxford where she recieved a distinction for her dissertation entitled "Moscow's Normative Convergence with Tehran: The Impact of Regional Military Interventions on Russian Foreign Policy towards Iran." Nicole graduated with honors from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs with a B.A. in International Affairs, Security Policy and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to Oxford, Nicole worked for CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, State of the Union, and Inside Politics and interned at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs, and the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis.