Asya Akca is a program manager for the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she facilitates event planning, outreach efforts, and supports the project’s research agenda. She previously worked with the Cooperative Defense Project at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS, she worked as a research assistant with the Chicago Project on Security and Threats, where she analyzed suicide terrorist attacks in the Middle East. She has also held internships at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Egyptian Affairs, as well as at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. She holds a master’s degree in international relations and a bachelor’s degree in political science both from the University of Chicago.