Elene Janadze is a Non-Resident Scholar with the Middle East Institute's Strategic Technologies and Cyber Security Program and a Due Diligence Analyst at S-RM, a global intelligence and cyber security consultancy. 

Elene is currently based in London, where her work involves performing open-source investigations and due diligence analysis on matters relating to financial crime, militancy links, sanctions evasion, corruption, political exposure, and terrorism financing. Prior to joining MEI, Elene worked in multiple governmental and non-governmental organizations, ranging from the Embassy of Iraq in Tbilisi to Transparency International Georgia. She also served as an assistant to the ambassador of Georgia to the Czech Republic. 

Elene is a recipient of multiple prestigious scholarships, including the 2022 UK FCDO Studentship Award for the study of Strategic Communications at King's College London, the 2020 Erasmus grant for the duration of her two-year International Master program, and the 2022 Sir Richard Dearlove scholarship for the study of Intelligence at Cambridge University. She was also selected as a Young Leader in Foreign and Security Policy by the Geneva Center for Security Policy and was awarded as a New Security Leader by the Warsaw Security Forum.

Elene is interested in Russia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East, focusing on great power dynamics, emerging technologies, and Russia's cyber strategy and disinformation efforts.

Education:
MA in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies, University of Glasgow; BA in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies, Free University of Tbilisi; PG Diploma in Strategic Communications, King's College London.

Regions of Expertise:
Russia, Caucasus, Georgia, North Africa, Levant, the Gulf

Issues of Expertise:
Russia’s Middle East Strategy, Russian disinformation and influence campaigns, Information warfare, Cyber conflict, OSINT.

Languages:
English, Georgian, Arabic, Russian, French

Contact Information

Please contact MEI’s communications officer, Elliott Sanders, at emsanders@mei.edu or 202-785-1141 ext. 2503 for assistance contacting this expert.

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