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Denis Cenusa

Zur Person

Denis Cenusa

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
an der Professur für Internationale Integration mit besonderem Bezug auf das östliche Europa


Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21E

35394 Gießen


Philosophikum II Raum E217b

☎ 0641 99-23137

Office Hours

Summer term 2019: on appointment



April 2018 - present

Researcher at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft and PhD student at Justus-Liebig-Universität.

Editor at the Moldovan News Agency "IPN"

Member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, Working Group 3 on Energy and Environment

Associated expert at the Think-Tank "Expert-Grup" in Chisinau, Moldova


September 2014 - December 2014

Participant of the Advanced Program on EU Law and Economics at Riga Graduate School of Law, Riga, Latvia

July 2013 - 2018

Researcher (2013-2017) and Director of Energy Sector Department (2017-2018) at the Think-Tank "Expert-Grup" in Chisinau, Moldova

September 2012 - June 2013

MA degree in European Interdisciplinary Studies, EU as a Regional Actor, College of Europe, Natolin, Warsaw, Poland.

March 2007 - December 2009

Editor-chief of the webpage concerning EU-Moldova relationship.

2008 - 2010

Affiliated expert at Centre of Documentationa and Information NATO, Chisinau, Moldova

2006 - 2007

Research Assistance at the Think-Tank "Expert-Grup" in Chisinau, Moldova

October 2006 - July 2007

MA degree in Political Sciences at the State University of Moldova



Dissertation project

started in 2019

Working title: "The boundaries of EU’s resilience policy vis-à-vis the domestic actors in Eastern neighborhood: case study of oligarchy in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine"

First supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andrea Gawrich


Eastern Partnership Index 2015-2016, EaP Civil Society Forum, (co-author), December 2017,


Intermediary Report on the implementation of the National Development Strategy 2012-2020 (co-authour), Expert-Grup, UNDP, October 2017


How the Kremlin is using the energy policy to gain influence in Eastern Europe: Case studies from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Romania (co-author), Expert-Forum (Bucharest), May 2017


The Bridge over Prut, version 2.0: the electricity interconnection between Romania and Moldova (co-author), January 2017,


Iasi-Ungheni Pipeline’s extension to Chisinau: Challenges and Opportunities, Report, (co-author), July 2016,


State of the Country Report, Chapters on Foreign and Domestic Politcs 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and Energy 2017 (author), Expert-Grup.


Euromonitor - first results and difficulties in implementing Moldova-EU Association Agreement, Report of September 2015 and Report of January 2016, (co-author),


Euromonitor 2014: an outlook on Moldova's evolution in implementing EU reforms in 2014, Report (co-author), March, 2015,


Quo vadis Moldova: European integration, Eurasian integration or status quo, (co-author), September 2013,


Democracy and its Deficits: The path towards becoming European-style democracies in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, (co-author), Expert-Grup, CEPS, 18 December 2017, style-democracies-georgia


Citizenship for investment or investment for citizenship?, (co-author), Expert-Grup, 18 August 2017, http://expert-


Oligarch in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia as key obstacles to reforms, (co-author), CEPS, Expert-Grup, Reformatics, 14 June 2017,


Electricity procurement: 3 post-tender scenarios, Think tank Expert-Grup, 31 March 2017, achizitia-de-energie-electrica-3-scenarii-post-licitatie


Concession of 40% of the territory of the Republic of Moldova for exploration purposes: 10 major issues, Think tank Expert-Grup 16 March 2017, probleme-majore


Dilemma of Europeanization: Political choices and economic transformations in the Eastern Partnership Countries, Collection of Political, author of the chapter “Moldova: A case of derailed Europeanization”, Latvian Institute for International Affairs and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, August 2016, eastern-partnership-countries-534


EU-Moldova Energy Relations: Similarities and Distinctions between the Energy Community Treaty and the Association Agreement, Policy brief (author), Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA), January 2016, moldova-energy-paper-denis-cenusa


Russia’s Punitive Trade Policy Measures towards Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, Policy Paper (co-author), Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), September 25, 2015 ukraine-moldova-and-georgia


Post-Vilnius Moldova: Between Reform Shortcomings and Geopolitical Dilemmas, Collection of Political Analysis (author), Special Edition for Latvian EU Presidency, "Eastern Partnership on the way to the Riga Summit", May 2015,


The challenges facing Moldova on its path to Europe, Collection of Political Analysis (author), the Foreign Policy Center (UK), February 2015,


Deepening EU-Moldova Relations: What, why and how?, Handbook by CEPS (Brussels) and Expert-Group (Chisinau), editor together with Michael Emerson, and one of the co-authors, September 2016, what-why-and-how


Analytical Articles

Foreign multi-vectorialism of President Dodon and post-electoral geopolitical uncertainties, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 23 Apr 2018,


Moldova’s energy dependence, avoidance of transparency and ignoring of debt for Russian gas, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 17 Apr 2018,


EU and limits of “strict conditionality” in relation to Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 10 Apr 2018,


Role and implications of (Euro)unionism in Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 02 Apr 2018,


Georgia’s European aspirations and lessons to be learned by Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 26 Mar 2018,


Regeneration of Putin regime and implications for EaP and Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 19 Mar 2018,


(Geo)political scenarios for parliamentary elections of Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 12 Mar 2018,


Diagnosis of oligarchy in Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia and de-oligarchization solutions, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 26 Feb 2018,


Absorption of Western Balkans in Europe and spiral of “unionism” in Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 19 Feb 2018,


Moldova and position of EaP leader between forced reforms and advantage of regional comparison, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 29 January 2018,


New visa suspension mechanism as an additional instrument targeting corruption in Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia, 15 January 2018, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency,


Nature of growth of pro-European perception and attempt to “constitutionalize” European course, 18 December 2017, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency,


Struggle against Russian propaganda in Moldova, touching of U.S. and European content, 11 December 2017, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency,


Future of EaP and Moldova following Brussels Declaration – between pragmatism and local realities, 27 November 2017, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency,


What do Eastern Partnership and Moldova go with to Brussels summit?, 20 November 2017, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency,


Multiple speeds of Eastern Partnership, civil society and Moldova’s case, 30 October 2017, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency,


Russia, nationalism in Europe and Moldova, 23 October 2017, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency,


Geopolitical Games Expected Ahead of Moldova’s 2018 Elections, Analysis (author), Foreign Policy Research Institute, 10 October 2017,


Magnetization of Eastern Partnership, Russia's role and implications for Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 19 September 2017,


Chisinau’s bet: Macro-financial assistance and EU recognition, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 14 August 2017,


Moldova and “stabilitocracy” in European neighborhood, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 7 August 2017,


Re-evaluation of Moldova-EU Association Agreement: solution or new uncertainties?, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 31 July 2017,


EU’s reaction to introduction of mixed electoral system: pragmatism or weakness, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 24 July 2017,


Stimulation of reforms in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine: new conditionality vs European perspective, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 10 July 2017,


External financing of civil society, government pressure and European integration, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, July 2017,


European values versus traditional values and geopolitical subtext in Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, May 2017,


European agenda, civil society and confrontation with government, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, May 2017,


Can Memorandum with Eurasian Union diminish Moldova’s European agenda?, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, April 2017,


Pro-reform approach of EU and pro-Russian plans of President Dodon, Info-Prim News Agency, March 2017, europeana/82799


Multi-speed in EU and its neighborhood: Where is Moldova?, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, March 2017,


European security and Russia’s approach for a post-Western world, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, February 2017,


Association Agreement with EU and paradoxes of President Dodon, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, February 2017,


President Dodon of Moldova visits Brussels – contemplating economic suicide, (co-author), CEPS, Expert-Grup, February 2017


Eastern Partnership becomes more ‘practical’. What does Moldova gain?, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, January 2017,


Parallel dialogues between EU and Moldova and Russian-Eurasian factor, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, January 2017,


Is DCFTA implemented in Transnistrian region or not?, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, January 2017,


Populism and European integration in Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, January 2017,


Difficult mission: advancing of Europeanization and restoration of relations with Russia, Info-Prim News Agency, January 2017,


Pro-Russian president and Moldova’s foreign policy in zigzag, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 28 November 2016,


“Captured state” and “useful oligarchs” in proximity of EU: Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 17 October 2016,


Pro-European sympathies and role of pro-EU opposition, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, 06 Mar 2017,


Global Strategy of the EU: The focus on Eastern Partnership and Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, July 2016,


Moldova, Between Protests and “State Capture”, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), March 2016,


Energy interconnection with EU: Recipe for diminishing dependence on Transnistria and Russia, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, March 28, 2016,


New agreement between Armenia and EU, Russia’s muteness and possible implications for Moldova, Analysis (author), Info-Prim News Agency, December 14, 2015,


Review of European Neighborhood Policy, implications for Moldova and Russia’s place, Analysis, Info-Prim News Agency, November 23, 2015,


“Sick” Eastern Partnership needs a comprehensive treatment, Political Analysis (author), European Leadership Network, May 20, 2015,


Future of Moldova in CIS: pros and cons!, March 2014, %E2%80%93-contemplating-economic-suicide


Differences between the EU Association Agreement and “Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan” Customs Union, February 2014,