Dr. Cristina Gherasimov

Research Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia


  • Eastern Partnership
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Democratic backsliding
  • European integration
  • Eurasian integration
  • Political elites and political parties in Eastern Partnership countries
  • Good governance and the rule of law
  • Anti-corruption policy
  • Corruption risk in defense and security
  • Civil society in the post-Soviet space


English, Romanian, Russian


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-62
Email: gherasimov@dgap.org

Cristina Gherasimov joined DGAP in December 2018 as a research fellow at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. 

Previously, she worked at Transparency International Defence and Security as Manager of the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI). In 2017, Cristina was a Research Fellow at Chatham House with the Russia and Eurasia Programme, where she examined political parties and elite renewal in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Earlier, from 2013 to 2016, Cristina was a lecturer in International Relations and European Politics at Rutgers University. She also worked as a research associate at the Education and Employment Research Center (EERC), where she conducted monitoring and evaluation of trade adjustment federal assistance projects in the United States.

Cristina holds a PhD in political science from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She also studied and conducted research at the European Institute for Advanced International Studies in Nice, University of Wroclaw, Mannheim University, and ETH Zurich. Her expertise includes democratic transitions and institution-building in Central and Eastern Europe and post-communist states, European and Eurasian integration, good governance, rule of law, anti-corruption policy, and democratic backsliding.   


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Selected Publications

Eastern Challenges for Josep Borrell – and the EU
by Milan Nič, Cristina Gherasimov
DGAPstandpunkt 26 (September 2019), 3 pp.
Eastern Challenges for Josep Borrell – and the EU
As the European Union’s next designated HR/VP, Josep Borrell will have to deal with major global challenges and the EU’s internal travails to shape foreign policy more assertively. In particular, two flash points on the EU’s doorstep – the eastern Ukraine and Serbia-Kosovo – will be early tests of Borell’s ability to enhance the Union’s ability to project influence as a global power and help build its capacity for strategic autonomy.
Category: European Union, Europe
Moldova’s Power Transition
A Chance for the EU to Act in Its Eastern Neighborhood
by Cristina Gherasimov
DGAPstandpunkt 18 (June 2019), 3 pp.
Moldova’s Power Transition
A new transfer of power has taken place in the EU’s Eastern neighborhood that raises vigilant hopes for the future of the Eastern Partnership. This is a chance for Moldova to address its democratic deficit and rebuild its international reputation after vested interests captured its state institutions. The new government, however, needs the support of EU partners. While this pro-reformist executive brings big opportunities – including for the EU – it also poses risks that need to be cautiously considered.
Category: Eastern Partnership, Moldova
Rupture in Kiev
Ukrainians Vote for Change to Consolidate Their Democracy
by Cristina Gherasimov
DGAPviewpoint 11, April 24, 2019, 4 pp.
Rupture in Kiev
The landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Ukraine’s presidential runoff is a breakthrough in the post-Soviet space that rarely offers chances to political novices. The vote highlights Ukrainians’ discontent with the political establishment. It shows a new set of factors at work in shaping the polls, and civil society’s readiness to accept risk to consolidate their fragile democracy. For the European Union and Germany, the change offers an opportunity for new momentum in relations with Ukraine.
Category: Elections, Ukraine
Armenia Needs a New Opposition
How the EU Can Help Institute Checks and Balances
by Cristina Gherasimov
DGAPstandpunkt 6, March 6, 2019, 3 pp.
Armenia Needs a New Opposition
In Armenia, last year’s Velvet Revolution ended a long period of autocratic rule. On assuming the office of prime minister, former opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan acquired a constitutional authority enhanced by wide popular support and the lack of effective opposition in parliament. While this helps him implement reforms, the absence of strong checks may prove harmful in the long run. The EU should help rebuild Armenia’s checks and balances to ensure the country’s sustainable transformation.
Category: Armenia
Moldova’s Weak Democracy Is a Growing Risk for Europe
by Cristina Gherasimov
First published as Expert Comment, Chatham House, February 26, 2019
The country’s politics have been captured by a corrupt elite, creating a worrying security risk on the edge of Europe.
Category: Elections, Moldova
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