Dr. Nelli Babayan is senior researcher and lecturer at the Center for Transnational, Foreign and Security Policy at Freie Universität Berlin, where she has also coordinated a work package of EU-FP7 TRANSWORLD project. She received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Trento, Italy (2012) and her MA in Political Science from the Central European University, Hungary (2005). In 2005-2008 she worked for Core Media Support Program for Armenia implemented by IREX and funded by USAID, where she was Training Department Manager in 2006-2008. She has also been a visiting researcher and lecturer at the Uniersity of Tartu, ETH Zurich, and FRIDE Madrid. Her research and teaching interests include democratization/democracy promotion (by the US and the EU), transatlantic relations, post-Soviet politics, and internet politics.
(2015) Democratic Transformation and Obstruction: EU, US, and Russia in the South Caucasus (hardback), London: Routledge (published September 2014).
(2014) 'So Close but Yet So Far: European and American Democracy Promotion', TRANSWORLD Working Paper No. 37. Co-authored with T. Risse.
(2013) 'The Geek, the Bully, and the Freaks: Diversifying EU Energy Sources through and Exercising Influence in the South Caucasus' in A. Boening, J.F. Kremer and A. van Loon (eds.), The EU: A Global power in the Making? Vol. 2, Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.
(2013) 'Shocked into Adjustments? EU Human Rights and Democracy Promotion', TRANSWORLD Working Paper No. 18. Co-authored with A. Viviani.
(2012) 'Fear or Love Thy Neighbour? EU Framework of Fostering Regional Cooperation in the South Caucasus', Journal of Contemporary European Research, 8(1).
(2011) 'Armenia: The Eastern Partnership’s Unrequited Suitor', FRIDE Policy Brief No. 94, ISSN: 1989-2667. Co-authored with N. Shapovalova.
(2011) 'Neighbour or a Friend? EU Aspirations of the ENP Countries', Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, 17 August.
(2010) 'Now, Who Answers the Phone in Europe? Cooperation within the CFSP after the Enlargements and the Lisbon Treaty', Caucasian Review of International Affairs, 4(4).
(2009) 'European Neighbourhood Policy in Armenia: On the Road to Failure or Success', CEU Political Science Journal, 4(3).