Nora Cyra graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2021 with a double major in International Relations and Russian & Eurasian Studies. While at Mount Holyoke, she worked as a research assistant, interned for the German Marshall Fund's Alliance for Securing Democracy, and studied in Moscow in 2019. Nora's undergraduate thesis examined the opportunities for confidence-building measures in the unresolved conflicts of the former Soviet Union, and her ongoing research interests include conflict resolution opportunities and experiences in this region.