Kristine Berzina is a senior fellow for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). She is based in GMF’s Washington office, where she leads the security and defense portfolio and focuses on US security cooperation with Europe, NATO, US-EU relations, and sub-threshold threats including disinformation and energy. She also co-leads GMF’s Russia Transatlantic Initiative. Berzina appears frequently in international media, including the BBC, CNN, France 24, NPR, Deutsche Welle, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Before taking on this role, Berzina worked on countering autocratic influence as head of GMF’s Alliance for Securing Democracy’s geopolitics team. She previously worked on transatlantic security and energy issues in Brussels and Berlin. A native of Latvia, Berzina grew up in the United States and has also spent substantial time in Moscow. She received her Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge and her Bachelor’s in political science and history from Yale University. Berzina is a native speaker of English and Latvian, has worked in German, and has a basic knowledge of Russian and French.