Dr. Ivana Stradner serves as an advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD’s) Barish Center for Media Integrity, where her research focuses on Russia’s information operations and cybersecurity, particularly Russia’s use of advanced forms of hybrid warfare and the threat they pose to the West. Ivana studies Russia’s security strategies and military doctrines to understand how Russia uses information operations for strategic communication. Given the divergence between the American and Russian militaries’ understandings of cybersecurity, her work examines both the psychological and technical aspects of Russian information security.
Ivana also analyzes Russian influence in international organizations; she is currently focusing on UN efforts to regulate information security and the UN Cybercrime Treaty. In her writings, videos, and interviews, Ivana consistently champions a robust use of the international rule of law against revisionist powers (such as China and Russia). Because of her work to better understand Russian hybrid warfare in Eastern Europe, Ivana was asked to testify before the EU Parliament and brief various government officials.
Before joining FDD, Ivana worked as a visiting scholar at Harvard University and a lecturer for a variety of universities, including the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Ivana has been published in academic journals and the press, including The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The Hill, Foreign Policy, National Review, The National Interest, RealClearWorld, RealClearDefense, and Newsweek. She also lectures on international law, international institutions, and international security.
Ivana has a Doctor of Juridical Science and a Master of Laws from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the Academy for Diplomacy and Security in Belgrade, Serbia.