Sabine Freizer

Sabine Freizer

Program Director, Europe
Istanbul, Turkey

Crisis Group role:

Sabine Freizer is the Istanbul-based Director of the Europe Program. In this role, Sabine oversees projects covering the Caucasus (North and South), Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey and Cyprus. Before joining Crisis Group in 2004, she served as Political Officer in the OSCE Election Observation Missions in Azerbaijan and Georgia from 2003 to 2004, as Human Dimensions/Legal Expert to the OSCE Central Asia Liaison Office in Tashkent from 1999 to 2000 and Democratization Officer in the OSCE Mission to Bosnia in 1996-1998. She has a PhD from the London School of Economics, and a Masters from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) which she obtained as a Fulbright Scholar.

Areas of expertise:

  • Balkans
  • Caucasus
  • Turkey
  • Moldova
  • Civil society and conflict prevention

Professional background:

  • Caucasus Project Director (Tbilisi-based), International Crisis Group, 2004-2007
  • Political Officer, OSCE Election Observation Missions Azerbaijan and Georgia, 2003-2004
  • Human Dimensions/Legal Expert, OSCE Central Asia Liaison Office, Tashkent, 1999-2000
  • Civil Society Coordinator, OSCE Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 1996-1998


  • English (native)
  • French (native)

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