Cristina Petcu

Research Analyst

Global Governance, Justice & Security

Cristina Petcu is a Research Analyst with the Global Governance, Justice & Security Program 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.


Addressing global governance deficits with innovative solutions

Bringing together world class scholarship with international policymaking to address fundamental global governance challenges, threats, and opportunities.

Developing practical approaches to cyber risk management with the guidance of advisors from the cyber security and broader risk management communities

Confronting the global climate emergency by identifying high impact global governance solutions for climate action

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Beyond UN75: A Roadmap for Inclusive, Networked & Effective Global Governance

Beyond UN75 considers the new kinds of tools, networks, and institutions, combined with enlightened global leadership, required to take forward the twelve commitments at the heart of the UN75 Declaration

Project Note
Middle Eastern Perspectives on Taking Forward the UN75 Declaration

Synthesis of major insights and recommendations on Middle East and North Africa’s role in supporting progressive change and advancing the UN75 Declaration

Fulfilling the UN75 Declaration’s Promise

Perspectives on practical yet ambitious proposals for the Secretary-General’s forthcoming Our Common Agenda report.

Coping with New and Old Crises

Revitalizing the global governance system for charting a durable, green, and broad-based recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

Policy Memo
Bring New Voices into Policy-Making through a UN Global Partnership

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

Policy Memo
Improve UN Civilian Capacity to Build Back Swiftly in the Aftermath of Conflict

Establish standing and reserve capacities to meet UN needs for rapidly deployable civilian specialist skills in conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts worldwide.

Policy Memo
Enhance the UN Capacity to Support Conflict Prevention

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

UN 2.0: Ten Innovations for Global Governance 75 Years beyond San Francisco

Improving prospects for a global governance architecture that is more inclusive, effective, and just during and beyond UN75

Working Paper
Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programming With Colombia’s Youth

Using the Youth, Peace and Security resolution to re-position youth within the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration practice

The UN-75 Declaration, a Daring Commitment for a More Perfect World

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Issue Brief
Multilateralism for Chronic Risks

With human security and planetary boundaries at risk, we must reorient multilateralism to avoid the tragedies that might befall all of humankind

Project Note
Dialogue Summary: UN75 Regional Dialogue for the Americas (20 March–26 April 2020)

An open conversation about on the future of multilateralism and its impact at the global, regional, and national levels in the Americas.

Project Note
A Global Policy Dialogue on Global Economic Institutions

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

Youth in the Driving Seat: A Conversation with the UN Secretary-General.

Bringing young professionals into the conversation on global governance on the road to UN75

Policy Memo
Create a UN Parliamentary Network as an advisory body to the UN General Assembly

Address the UN’s democracy and legitimacy deficits by establishing a UN Parliamentary Network as an advisory body to the UN General Assembly.

Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World

Providing guidelines for improving the global governance architecture.

Global Policy Dialogue on Climate Governance: Innovating the Paris Agreement & Beyond

Collecting recommendations to tackle global policy challenges such as climate change and global security and justice.

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