Dr. Nelli Babayan is a Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy and Associate Fellow at the Center for Transnational, Foreign and Security Policy at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). In 2012-2015 she was a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at FU Berlin, where she also coordinated a work package of the EU-FP7 TRANSWORLD project in 2012-2015. In 2005-2008 she worked for the International Research and Exchanges Board on a USAID-funded project. She also held visiting positions at ETH Zurich, FRIDE Madrid, and the University of Tartu. 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). Her books include Democratic Transformation and Obstruction: EU, US, and Russia in the South Caucasus (2015) and Democracy Promotion and the Challenges of Illiberal Regional Powers (2016, co-edited).