Monika Kokstaite will be a Visiting Researcher at the IES until November 2014. She is a PhD Candidate in Institutions, Politics and Policies at IMT Lucca, Italy. She is writing her PhD thesis on EU economic security policies and their effects. She holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest. She studied in various places: Frankfurt and Main (Germany), Tartu (Estonia), Reykjavik (Iceland), Jerusalem (Israel) and Xiamen (China). Her research focuses on good governance, human security, globalisation, regionalism, democratisation and sustainable development. She worked as a journalist and policy analyst for several years. Moreover, she has organised conferences and workshops with German Cultural Foundations.