Astrid is a contributor to the International Security Observer. Currently employed with the UN section of the military policy division at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports Astrid worked with various UN entities in Africa and the United States. During her internships at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs in NY and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa Astrid specialized in particular on issues related to disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control. Further research interests include women, peace and security and human rights. Astrid holds an MSc with Distinction in International Relations from the University of Bristol and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communcation Studies.