• Shota Kakabadze is a Junior Policy Analyst at the Georgian Institute of Politics. He is a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Tartu (Estonia). Shota has obtained his Masters degree in the European Union – Russia Studies from the same university. During his doctoral studies he has been a Swedish Institute Research Fellow at Uppsala University Institute of Russia and Eurasian Studies, as well as a Junior Researcher of International Relations at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. His main research interest includes discourses on national identity, foreign policy, Eastern Partnership. He has published several academic articles and a book chapter on Georgian national identity/foreign policy relationship.

07/06/2022 Shota Kakabadze

Putin’s Worst Nightmare: Finland and Sweden joining NATO and its implications for other aspirant countries

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  • Shota Kakabadze is a Junior Policy Analyst at the Georgian Institute of Politics. He is a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Tartu (Estonia). Shota has obtained his Masters degree in the European Union – Russia Studies from the same university. During his doctoral studies he has been a Swedish Institute Research Fellow at Uppsala University Institute of Russia and Eurasian Studies, as well as a Junior Researcher of International Relations at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. His main research interest includes discourses on national identity, foreign policy, Eastern Partnership. He has published several academic articles and a book chapter on Georgian national identity/foreign policy relationship.


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07-06-2022

Despite popular arguments based on the idea of great power politics (Kissinger 2014, Mersheimer 2014, Walt 2022) and the Russian leadership’s wishful thinking, military intervention in Ukraine has actually strengthened the transatlantic bond. The so-called collective West is more united than ever before in its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. One of the most unexpected developments for policymakers in the Kremlin is that not only NATO member countries are willing to spend considerably more on their defense and are reconsidering their security priorities (Howard 2022), but also the alliance is enlarging to the East. Finland and Sweden have officially submitted membership applications to the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and are expected to join as soon as possible (Reuters 2022b). This memo will examine the change of the security paradigm that was established in the region following World War II. It will also discuss regional security architecture and the possible implications of Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership for other aspirant countries, including Georgia, which has been in line to join the alliance for more than decade.

Also in the following document:

  • Change of the security paradigm in the Baltics and Scandinavia
  • Security during the interim period and other challenges on the way
  • Implications for other aspirant countries

Policy Memo #57 | June 2022

Author

  • Shota Kakabadze is a Junior Policy Analyst at the Georgian Institute of Politics. He is a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Tartu (Estonia). Shota has obtained his Masters degree in the European Union – Russia Studies from the same university. During his doctoral studies he has been a Swedish Institute Research Fellow at Uppsala University Institute of Russia and Eurasian Studies, as well as a Junior Researcher of International Relations at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. His main research interest includes discourses on national identity, foreign policy, Eastern Partnership. He has published several academic articles and a book chapter on Georgian national identity/foreign policy relationship.

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Shota Kakabadze

Shota Kakabadze is a Junior Policy Analyst at the Georgian Institute of Politics. He is a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Tartu (Estonia). Shota has obtained his Masters degree in the European Union – Russia Studies from the same university. During his doctoral studies he has been a Swedish Institute Research Fellow at Uppsala University Institute of Russia and Eurasian Studies, as well as a Junior Researcher of International Relations at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. His main research interest includes discourses on national identity, foreign policy, Eastern Partnership. He has published several academic articles and a book chapter on Georgian national identity/foreign policy relationship.