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Tamta Gelashvili

Junior Research Fellow (part time)
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Summary

Tamta Gelashvili is a Junior Research Fellow in the Research group on Russia, Asia and International Trade, working on the “Dynamics of de facto state patron-client relations (DeFacto)” project.

Tamta is also a PhD candidate at the University of Oslo, working on far-right mobilization in Georgia and Ukraine. She holds a MPhil degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo, a MSc degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations and Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria.

She has previously worked at the Embassy of Georgia to the Kingdom of Norway, Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center, Georgian-American University, University of Georgia and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Expertise

  • Russia and Eurasia

Aktivitet

Abkhazia between Russia and the outside world
Podcast

Abkhazia between Russia and the outside world

De facto states - states that have failed to win international recognition - have long been understudied 'blank spots,' overlooked in academic lit...

  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Conflict
  • Fragile states
  • Governance
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Conflict
  • Fragile states
  • Governance
Publications
Publications
Scientific article

Opportunities Matter: The Evolution of Far-Right Protest in Georgia

What role do political opportunities play in far-right mobilisation? The case of Georgia indicates that modernisation in itself may be insufficient to trigger a far-right backlash. A systematised database of 154 far-right protest events in Georgia in the period 2003–2020 shows that the movement remained dormant for over two decades after post-Soviet independence and a decade after the 2003 Rose Revolution. After 2012, however, less severe repression of protest, divides within the political elite, and the sympathetic attitudes of mainstream political and societal actors enabled far-right mobilisation and violence. Thus, however deep-rooted anti-modernisation, a backlash may not erupt until mobilisation opportunities become available.

  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Nationalism
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  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Nationalism
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Event
11:30 - 13:00
Norwegian Helsinki Committee, St. Olavs gate 25, Oslo
Engelsk
18. Apr. 2023
Event
11:30 - 13:00
Norwegian Helsinki Committee, St. Olavs gate 25, Oslo
Engelsk

Is Georgia on the verge of authoritarianism?

Was the proposed “foreign agent” law another step towards dismantling Georgian democracy?

Articles
News
Articles
News

PODCAST: Abkhazia between Russia and the outside world

The World Stage takes a closer look at Abkhazia, a de facto state in Southern Caucasus, and focus on its efforts to secure diplomatic ties in the post-Soviet space and beyond, as well as its relationship with its patron state, Russia.
  • Diplomacy
  • Europe
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Conflict
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Publications
Publications
Scientific article
Tamta Gelashvili, Helge Blakkisrud, Pål Kolstø, Pål Kolstø

Trade, Trust, and De Facto State Conflicts: Abkhazia’s International Economic Engagement

Does trade really foster trust? In the case of conflict-torn regions, developing trade links is often believed to contribute to transforming conflict or even facilitate peacebuilding. However, when it comes to de facto states—states with no or limited international recognition—the relationship between the two may not be quite as straightforward. A closer look at Abkhazia, a de facto state in the contested neighborhood between Russia and the EU, shows that trade can thrive even in a post-conflict situation where mutual distrust is high. However, as long as trade occurs informally and in the shadows, it does not help in building trust at the state level.

  • Global economy
  • International economics
  • Trade
  • Regions
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Conflict
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  • Global economy
  • International economics
  • Trade
  • Regions
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Conflict
Publications
Publications
Scientific article

The Georgian far right and the post-election crisis

This article examines the role of the far right in political polarisation in Georgia. Polarisation has been a constant feature of Georgian politics, reaching new levels after the 2020 parliamentary elections. On the one hand, polarisation leaves little (if any) room in the political space for newcomers and small actors, including the far right. Carving out a niche in an extremely polarised political space requires a strong, consolidated, alternative force. To date, the fragmented nature of the Georgian far-right movement has hindered its mobilisation as a viable alternative to either the ruling party, Georgian Dream, or the opposition. On the other hand, the far right has also played a role in polarisation: Critics have argued that far-right groups have been used as an instrument to fuel polarisation further. Even though the activities of the far right seem to play into the interests of one end of the polarised political space more than the other, this article asserts that the far-right movement should not be reduced to a mere instrument in the hands of political powers.

  • Regions
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Nationalism
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  • Regions
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Nationalism
Publications
Publications
Scientific article

Blame it on Russia? The danger of geopolitical takes on Georgia’s far right

This Op Ed argues that framing Georgia’s far right as a unified pro-Russian actor obscures complex local problems.

  • Defence and security
  • Terrorism and extremism
  • Regions
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Nationalism
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  • Defence and security
  • Terrorism and extremism
  • Regions
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Nationalism
Publications
Publications
Report

Right-wing Populism in Associated Countries: A Challenge for Democracy

This policy paper provides a structured comparative analysis of the nationalist populist actors, discourses and strategies in three Associated[1] Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries – Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. It assesses the challenges of the radical right, nationalist populist groups on democratic developments in the Associated EaP countries: – the role of external actors, the tactics and policies used and how to deal with and manage this threat. The study was prepared by a groupof Ukrainian, Moldovan and Georgia authors with specializations in national populism and its impact on political processes in these three countries. Research methodology includes desk research, as well as qualitative interviews, organized in each country with the involvement of local experts, journalists and civil society activists. The policy paper provides recommendations on how to mitigate the negative effects of anti-democratic, national populist groups and how to strengthen resilience against national populism in these EaP countries. This policy paper provides a number of significant findings which may be relevant for various state and non-state stakeholders and beneficiaries who work on democratization and Europeanization issues in and around these three countries. Firstly, the paper highlights significant regional differences and similarities among them and explores their complex socio-political context, which is in many ways different from that of EU countries. Understanding the regional context is important to key national and international stakeholders in order to prioritize proper policy responses to populist challenges and select the most suitable programs and practices to neutralize populist nationalist challenges. As one of its key conclusions, the policy paper highlights a very diverse picture of nationalist populism challenges in these countries which is a relevant finding for the EU: to switch from its traditional one-size-fits-all approach to one that uses a country-by-country-based differentiation when supporting these countries in their fight against national populism.

  • Defence and security
  • Terrorism and extremism
  • Regions
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Nationalism
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  • Defence and security
  • Terrorism and extremism
  • Regions
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Nationalism
Articles
Articles

Research group for Russia, Asia and International Trade

What is the role of Russia, the Arctic and Asia in global politics? How are these societies developing? How do international trade, innovation and policy change interact in the global economy? And how does this interplay affect the performance of companies, industries and countries? NUPI has a strong community of scholars working on these topics, and an extensive international network in these regions.
  • International economics
  • Trade
  • Foreign policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Asia
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Articles
Articles

Research group for Russia, Asia and International Trade

What is the role of Russia, the Arctic and Asia in global politics? How are these societies developing? How do international trade, innovation and policy change interact in the global economy? And how does this interplay affect the performance of companies, industries and countries? NUPI has a strong community of scholars working on these topics, and an extensive international network in these regions.
  • International economics
  • Trade
  • Foreign policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Asia
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