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.
Publications All publications
Trade, Trust, and De Facto State Conflicts: Abkhazia’s International Economic EngagementPublication : Popular scientific article | 2021
Does trade really foster trust? In the case of conflict-torn regions, developing trade links is often believed to contribute to transforming conflict1
The Georgian far right and the post-election crisisPublication : Academic article | 2021
This article examines the role of the far right in political polarisation in Georgia. Polarisation has been a constant feature of Georgian politics,1
Blame it on Russia? The danger of geopolitical takes on Georgia’s far rightPublication : Popular scientific article | 2021
This Op Ed argues that framing Georgia’s far right as a unified pro-Russian actor obscures complex local problems.
Right-wing Populism in Associated Countries: A Challenge for DemocracyPublication | 2021
This policy paper provides a structured comparative analysis of the nationalist populist actors, discourses and strategies in three Associated Eas1
The Georgian far right failed its electoral debut. But its season may not be overPublication : Popular scientific article | 2021
Taken together, the emerging groups of the Georgian far right obtained less than 5% in the October 2020 elections to the national Parliament. But lim1
Projects All projects
Dynamics of de facto state patron-client relations (DeFacto)Research project | 2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Almost all de facto states that survive for some time have a powerful 'patron' that provides security guarantees and economic support. Too often this has resulted in the de facto states simp...
Competency through Cooperation: Advancing knowledge on Georgia's strategic path (GEOPATH)Research project | 2018 - 2022 (Completed)
GEOPATH is a collaborative research project which aims to build competency in the Georgian research sector as well as producing new insights into the crucial question of Georgia's future strategi...
Events All events
Is Georgia on the verge of authoritarianism?EventTue 18 Apr 2023Time: 13:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: Norwegian Helsinki Committee, St. Olavs gate 25, Oslo
Was the proposed “foreign agent” law another step towards dismantling Georgian democracy?
Articles All articles
PODCAST: Abkhazia between Russia and the outside world1 Nov 2022
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 pos1
Russia, Asia and International Trade3 Jan 2022
What is the role of Russia, the Arctic and Asia in global politics? How are these societies developing? How do international trade, innovation and po1