GEOPATH revolves around a research project that will produce cutting-edge, well-informed research on the crucial question of Georgia’s future strategic path. In the context of researching Georgia's future strategic path, GEOPATH will study how four key actors – Georgia, the breakaway Abkhazia, the EU and Russia – perceive their own roles and how they relate to each other in the region. GEOPATH is lead by a tightly integrated research team consisting of scholars from NUPI, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) and two Georgian ‘expat’ scholars who work abroad.
The project has two primary objectives, both of which are important and relevant for Georgia.
First, the project will contribute to strengthening the Georgian research sector through an integrated research project that brings together Georgian and Norwegian scholars.
Second, the project aspires to leave a lasting footprint in Georgia by funding a PhD scholarship and organizing annual publishing seminars for PhD students and junior researchers from across Georgia. The project will directly contribute to strengthening its Georgian partner institution as well as similar institutes around the country. Importantly the project aims to reach these goals through genuine research collaboration and joint work on a topic that is of great significance for the academic community as well as Georgian society as a whole.
Project kickoff workshop and roundtable discussion The power of polarization: the ‘Georgias’ in between Russia and the West (A two-day event, including a kickoff workshop for project participants and a roundtable with Georgian experts, organized in Tbilisi, Georgia on January 24-25, 2019).
About our partners:
The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) is a Tbilisi-based non-profit, non-partisan, research and analysis organization founded in early 2011. GIP strives to strengthen the organizational backbone of democratic institutions and promote good governance and development through policy research and advocacy in Georgia. GIP is working to distinguish itself through relevant, incisive research; extensive public outreach; and a brazen spirit of innovation in policy discourse and political conversation.
The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, NORRUSS PLUSS
Kornely Kakachia, Georgian Institute of Politics
Levan Kakhishvili, Georgian Institute of Politics
Salome Minesashvili, Georgian Institute of Politics
Nino Kemoklidze, University of Chichester
Ketevan Bolkvadze, Lund University
Pål Kolstø, University of Oslo
GEOPATH publications from our external partners:
Towards a two-dimensional analytical framework for understanding Georgian foreign policy: how party competition informs foreign policy analysis, Post-Soviet Affairs. Article by Levan Kakhishvili, Georgian Institute of Politics, January 2021
Policy briefs and policy memos:
Georgian party political discourse on foreign policy non-alignment: How has the meaning changed since 1992? Policy memo by Levan Kakhishvili, Georgian Institute of Politics, October 2020
Should Georgia Apply for EU Membership in 2024? Expert comment #15, Georgian Institute of Politics, February 2021
Governmental Entities of Abkhazia and the Former Autonomous District of South Ossetia in Tbilisi: Power and Legitimacy in Exile, working paper by Tornike Zurabashvili, Georgian Institute of Politics, March 2021
How to get published? – Two-day master class for PhD students and junior researchers. NUPI and Georgian Institute of Politics, 25-26 March 2020.
How to get published? – Two-day master class for PhD students and early career researchers. NUPI and Georgian Institute of Politics, 29-30 March 2021.
GEOPATH events from our external partners:
Virtual Round Table Discussion: Georgia's EU Membership Ambitions: Expectations and Challenges. Georgian Institute of Politics, 25 February 2021, 18:00.