Sabine Freizer

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Future Europe Initiative

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Civil society, Crisis Management, Governance, International Security, Rule of Law, Transatlantic Relations, US-Turkey Relations


Caucasus, Eurasia, Georgia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine
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Recent Activity

  • August 31, 2016
    On September 1, Uzbekistan will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary of independence, but for the first time without its long-time president, Islam Abduganievich Karimov leading the dancing and music-filled celebrations in the capital Tashkent. Karimov suffered a stroke on August 27
  • July 17, 2016
    The condemnations came swiftly on the night of the attempted coup. From critics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s human rights record to Selahattin Demirtaş, the head of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), to Russian President Vladimir Putin and
  • June 08, 2015
    “Turkey every couple of decades veers towards an extreme, and then there is a readjustment,” veteran Turkey watcher and International Crisis Group spokesman Hugh Pope told me for years. That readjustment came June 7, with Turkey’s parliamentary elections. After years
  • February 18, 2015
    Kyiv Forced into New Retreat; US, Europe Must Increase Support, Atlantic Council Analysts Say At midday February 18, three-and-a-half days beyond the designated hour for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, fighting was continuing in the strategic city of Debaltseve, where
  • February 13, 2015
    If Russia Permits, the Minsk Accord Could Be a Start for Stabilizing Donbas The ceasefire agreement signed by Russia and Ukraine on in Minsk on 12 February offers what German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls “a glimmer of hope, no more
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Full Bio

Sabine Freizer is a nonresident senior fellow with the Eurasia Center and the Future Europe Initiative.

Dr. Freizer has twenty years of experience working on southeastern Europe and Eurasia. She served as the Europe program director for the International Crisis Group (ICG) between 2009 and May 2013, supervising offices in Sarajevo, Pristina, Istanbul, Tbilisi, and Moscow. Previously she was the ICG South Caucasus director, and before that, she worked with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Bosnia. During the 1992 to 1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, she volunteered with several humanitarian organizations.

Dr. Freizer has written extensively on governance and rule of law issues, civil society development, and conflict prevention and resolution, and she has regularly conducted high level advocacy on policy questions in Brussels, European capitals, and the United States.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Freizer has a PhD from the London School of Economics and a master's degree from the College of Europe (Bruges), which she earned as a Fulbright scholar. She has been a board member the Eurasia Partnership Foundation since 2009 and is based in Istanbul, Turkey.