Katja Theodorakis is a PhD candidate at UNSW ADFA with expertise in jihadi ideology, radicalisation and Middle East politics. In particular, her research is concerned with ethical narratives and their strategic use in insurgent propaganda. Katja has previously travelled and lived in the Middle East, including NGO work and educational projects in Syria. She also works as a program manager for foreign/security policy and counterterrorism at the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Regional Program Australia & the Pacific in Canberra. Here, her portfolio includes topics such as strategic relations in the Asia-Pacific, cybersecurity, European defence/security matters and the field of terrorism/extremism.