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From March 2021, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) together with the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region launched the project “Analyzing Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus.” The project aims at assessing the changing geopolitical and security environment in the South Caucasus, including the role of regional actors, such as Turkey, Russia, and Iran. The project also aims at contributing to developing an informed policy approach towards Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and its consequences for the EU’s impact in the region.
The project will give an opportunity to young researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan to conduct the research under the supervision of professional experts about the geopolitical shifts in the region and their consequences for the SC states and the EU. As a result, GIP will publish six policy briefs, produced by selected young researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. By doing this, the project team seeks to increase the quality of research and the debate on the geopolitical changes among the experts, young professionals, and policymakers.
Within the project, GIP will publish six policy briefs, produced by selected young researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. In addition, the GIP analysts will also write four publications covering the conflicts and security, regional partnership, economic policies, energy efficiency, relations with the EU, and the other actual topics. The research results and recommendations will be presented before the policy makers, the EU officials, and other stakeholders.
- Deepening understanding of the new geopolitical and security challenges in the South Caucasus against the background of recent conflicts and interests of the regional powers.
- Encouraging evidence-based debate on the future of the South Caucasus and the ability of the EU to impact its direction, among policy makers, young professionals, and researchers.
- Recruiting two young researchers in each of the three South Caucasus countries (6 young researchers in total)
- Organizing a series of online workshops and a Summer Academy in Georgia.
- Producing six policy briefs by young researchers with recommendations on topics that closely relate to the geopolitical shifts in the region and their consequences for the South Caucasus countries and the EU.
- Producing four publications by the GIP;
- Organizing online presentations with experts from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, as well as from the EU and Turkey, Russia and Iran to encourage cross-regional debates.
- Holding closed discussions – briefings on the research results with Georgian policymakers.
Project period: March 2021 – March 2022
Duration: 12 months
Donor: Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region