Renee Coulouris is a current Master of Arts in Global Security Studies Candidate at Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in Strategic Studies. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science at Northeastern University, where she also participated in international research projects in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank on issues pertaining to international security and social movements. More recently, Renee worked at the United Nations in the Department of Political Affairs, Africa II Division as a Political Affairs Assistant implementing projects in the sub-region and organizing inter-agency meetings on the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin. Her professional and research interests include security issues in the Middle East and North Africa region, countering violent extremism, and examining the gender roles within extremist organizations.