Dr. Julia Fetisova is a Consultant with the PIR Center (Russian Center for Policy Studies) in Moscow. In April-June 2012 she worked with SIPRI's Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Programme as a guest researcher looking into the prospects of NATO-Russia security cooperation. From 2010 to early 2011 she worked as a senior lecturer at Omsk State Technical University where she taught a course on national security. She holds a Ph.D. from Omsk State University (2009). Her Ph.D. dissertation was focused on the phenomenon of security culture and examined cultural determinants of states’ security behaviour, including of the so-called “critical choices” such as nuclear strategy and the use of force. In 2006 she graduated from the faculty of history at Omsk State University with specialization in regional studies and German language. Her academic interests include national security processes and outcomes, security thinking in a changing security environment, strategic culture theory, and nuclear non-proliferation / arms control.