Dr. Anasuya Ray is a Political Affairs Officer at the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate’s (CTED) Political Analysis and Research Unit, where she works on identifying and analyzing trends, issues, and developments in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism. Prior to CTED, Anasuya provided technical, research, and policy support as a Special Assistant to three successive Afghan Ambassadors in the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations. For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Anasuya Ray studied everyday violence and collective memory of the Afghan conflict and conducted field research in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and worked on the foreign policy portfolio in United States Senator Bernard Sanders’ office. Prior to her Ph.D., she worked in Kashmir, India on forced disappearances and human rights, and conducted monitoring and evaluation on healthcare access and social service delivery in several states in India. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in the United States, and a Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India.