Cristina Petcu is a Research Associate with the Just Security 2020 project at the Stimson Center. She is a native of Romania and received a Master of Arts in International Affairs with concentrations in conflict & security and development from The New School. Cristina also studied at the University of Barcelona on an Erasmus scholarship and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and European Studies from the University of Bucharest. Prior to joining Stimson, she served in various roles at the United Nations, including the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Guatemala, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (Office for the Rule of Law and Security Institutions) at UN Headquarters, and UN Habitat (Youth and Livelihoods Unit). Her work and research interests focus on global governance reform, strengthening civil society’s role in global governance, the management of armed groups (i.e. Disarmament Demobilizations and Reintegration), and advancing the UN’s youth, peace, and security agenda, among other global policy issues. Cristina is an alumna of AIESEC and One Young World, and currently co-chairs the UN2020 coalition’s Advocacy Working Group. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Romanian, and has an intermediate knowledge of French.
Transforming Conflict & Governance
Research & Writing
Revitalizing the global governance system for charting a durable, green, and broad-based recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
Expand and ensure more coherent, inclusive, and collaborative participation of civil society and socially responsible businesses in shaping decision-making and programming across the UN system thorough a UN Global Partnership
Establish standing and reserve capacities to meet UN needs for rapidly deployable civilian specialist skills in conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts worldwide.
Give the UN’s Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs a central role in coordinating UN knowledge in conflict prevention, especially mass atrocities, focusing on the Responsibility to Prevent principle
Improving prospects for a global governance architecture that is more inclusive, effective, and just during and beyond UN75
Using the Youth, Peace and Security resolution to re-position youth within the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration practice
The op-ed was originally published in PassBlue.
With human security and planetary boundaries at risk, we must reorient multilateralism to avoid the tragedies that might befall all of humankind
An open conversation about on the future of multilateralism and its impact at the global, regional, and national levels in the Americas.
Action plan for coordination between economic institutions to avert or respond to future cross-border shocks, and to advance the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Bringing young professionals into the conversation on global governance on the road to UN75
Address the UN’s democracy and legitimacy deficits by establishing a UN Parliamentary Network as an advisory body to the UN General Assembly.
Providing guidelines for improving the global governance architecture.
Collecting recommendations to tackle global policy challenges such as climate change and global security and justice.