Athina Bata is contributor at the International Security Observer. Athina is a recent graduate of the Master 2 in International Relations and Security Policy at the University of Toulouse in France, and she also holds a bachelor degree in International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus in Greece. Her research activities focus on international security and defence, conflict prevention and crisis management, the European “Petersberg tasks”, whereas she has profound knowledge of the crisis in Middle East- especially the Arab Spring and the nuclear Iran. Within the framework of her Master thesis she has further deepened her research in the European military industry and aerospace and in the Common Security and Defence Policy pillar. She speaks English, French and Greek.