Elise Daniaud is a researcher and PhD candidate in Politics at LUISS University, Italy. She graduated in Slavic studies from Bordeaux University, France, and Political science from Saint Joseph University, Lebanon. She specializes in Russian history of ideas, Arab political thought, the Syrian conflict, and political discourse analysis through qualitative analysis and quantitative automated text analysis. Through her professional experience, she worked closely with European, Russian, and Syrian civil societies and is part of a citizen network supporting Syrian activists. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic and has notions of Farsi.