“Russia-Ukraine War: implications for Georgia and the EaP countries”

Center for Social Sciences organizes an online panel discussion on

“Russia-Ukraine War: implications for Georgia and the EaP countries”

Date: March 24, 2022, 17:00 Tbilisi local time

For registration, please follow the URL: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpd-yorTwuH9Td3JhD5xpYZx4_Isd1V13s


Prof. Neil MacFarlane, Professor MacFarlane is a specialist on Russian foreign policy and the regional dynamics of the former Soviet Union, with particular reference to that region’s southern tier. He is also interested in the impact of international organizations in the management and resolution of civil conflicts and also in the political and economic transitions of former communist states. After a career in the United States and in Canada, he moved to Oxford in 1996 as the first Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations. From 2005 to 2010 he was Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations. From 2008 to 2010 he was Deputy Head of the Social Sciences Division at Oxford. He was a visiting professor at the Centre for Social Sciences (Tbilisi State University, Georgia) from 2010 to 2013, and has a strong interest in higher education reform in the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Natalie Sabanadze is former Head of the Georgian Mission to the European Union and Ambassador Plenipotentiary to Belgium and Luxembourg, is currently the Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. She holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University in International Relations as well as a Master’s Degree and BA from the London School of Economics and Mount Holyoke College respectively. She has lectured and published extensively on questions of globalization and nationalism, national minorities in inter-state relations, ethnic conflicts, and models of accommodation, as well as on Georgia’s relations with the European Union.

Dr. Maksymilian (Max) Fras is a policy advisor, researcher and evaluator with over fifteen years of experience in policy analysis, research evaluation and strategic planning in international development and public policy.  Dr. Fras holds a PhD in social sciences and extensive experience in high-profile research and evaluation work, including research design, data collection and analysis, as well as policy analysis and developing recommendations for international organizations. His geographical expertise covers Europe (notably East and South-East Europe), Eurasia, Middle East and Africa. Dr. Fras speaks native Polish, fluent English and Russian and intermediate French and German.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Gela Merabishvili, an associated post-doctoral researcher at CSS. He has a PhD degree in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech (2020). His research areas include borders, nationalism and territorial conflicts.