Emma Hjernø is a research assistant at The Middle East Institute, focusing mainly on Turkish domestic and foreign policy and violent extremism. She is currently finalizing her Master’s degree in contemporary Middle East studies at the University of Southern Denmark, specializing in Islamism and secularism in contemporary Turkey. She holds a B.A. with a major in international relations from the University of Malmö, Sweden, where she wrote her dissertation on Turkish foreign policy. Prior to joining the Middle East Institute, Ms. Hjernø served as a political officer at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.