Dr Alexander Kupatadze is assistant professor of international relations at St Andrews University, UK where he teaches courses on informal politics, transnational crime, terrorism and ’emerging’ security threats. He held postdoctoral positions at George Washington University (2010-11), Oxford University (2012-13) and Princeton University (2013-14). He holds degrees from Tbilisi State University (BA in International Relations), the Uppsala University (MA in International Studies) and the University of St Andrews (PhD in International Relations).