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On March 24, a kick-off workshop was held for the researchers selected for the project “Analyzing Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus.” The project, which was launched recently, is being implemented by GIP with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region. It 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 to contribute to developing an informed policy approach towards Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan and its consequences for the EU’s impact in the region.
Six young researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan were selected for the project to conduct research under the supervision of professional experts about the geopolitical shifts in three South Caucasus countries and their consequences for the SC states and the EU.
- Armenia: Alyona Yanis, Shushan Abrahamyan
- Azerbaijan: Rövşən Məmmədli, Shujaat Ahmadzada
- Georgia: Anastasia Mgaloblishvili, Giorgi Jangiani
As a result, GIP will publish six policy briefs produced by young researchers. By doing so, the project team seeks to increase the quality of research and the debate on geopolitical changes among experts, young professionals, and policymakers.
During the first workshop, the young researchers became aware of their working plans, research guidelines, and the importance of analytical writing, critical thinking, and critical feedback. The workshop’s main topic was How to Conduct Policy Relevant Research, delivered by Dr. Kornely Kakachia, Director of the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP).
The second online workshop was held on July 26, 2023. The second workshop aimed to facilitate the research process, present the second drafts of policy briefs, provide feedback to each other, listen to the recommendations of the reviewers, and discuss the working plan for the following months.
The workshops were organized under the framework of the project “Analyzing Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus,” funded by the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region (HBF).