Dr Elena Lazarou is a Senior Policy Analyst at the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), where her research focuses on transatlantic relations, global governance, security and defence. Prior to joining EPRS, she headed the Center for International Relations of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil where she is also Assistant Professor of International Relations. She has held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Cambridge and the LSE and various visiting positions in think-tanks and universities in France, Italy, Greece and the US. Her research has focused on regional integration in Europe and South America, EU–Brazil relations and foreign policy analysis. She has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.