Spring semester 2022
Alias Akhvlediani is a PhD student at the Abkhazian State University. His PhD project focuses on the system of regional security in Central Asia. From 2010 to 2015, he studied at the Abkhaz State University at the Department of History and Theory of International Relations. At the CEES, he will work on a project under the title "Abkhazia in a South Caucasian model of regional cooperation".
Agha Bayramov is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations and International Organization of the University of Groningen and Political Science Department at Radboud University. As a lecturer, he gives seminars on Energy Security and Climate Change, Political Science, History of International Relations, and International Organization. Besides teaching and research, he was one of the co-organizers of the Groningen Energy Summer School (GESS) in 2015 and 2016. His research interests are energy security, geopolitics, the Caspian Sea region, Nagorno-Karabakh, Eurasia, infrastructure, climate change. Dr. Bayramov has spent extensive time conducting field research in the Caspian Sea region. Agha Bayramov received his PhD and MA degrees from the University of Groningen and a BA degree from the Middle East Technical University (Ankara).
Erik Davtyan is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, Faculty of International Relations, Yerevan State University, Armenia. In autumn term 2021, he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland. Besides, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Political Science, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS), Tbilisi, Georgia.
Iryna Herasimovich is a translator, interpreter, essayist and curator and has translated numerous German and Swiss authors. Since 2021 she has been a PhD student at the Slavonic Languages Institute of the University of Zurich. At the Slavonic Languages Institute she also worked on and for the lecture series "Belarus bewegt", which took place in the autumn semester of 2021. For the CEES, she provides in-depth analyzes of current state and social developments in Belarus.
Fall semster 2021
Rustam Anshba studied international relations at the Abkhaz State University, Central European University Budapest and Bemjidi State University / Minnesota. He is currently visiting lecturer at the Abkhaz State University and as UNICEF Abkhazia Zonal Officer. At CEES he is pursuing a research project on the topic of “Development for Conflict Resolution”.
Mrana Dbar studied International Relations at the Abkhaz State University. She is currently persuing her doctoral degree at the Institute of Humanitarian Studies on the subject of "Abkhazia in the post-bipolar world order".
After studying history in Kazan and receiving a MA in St. Petersburg / Helsinki, Danis Garaev did his PhD at the University of Amsterdam on "Post-Soviet Jihadism". Currently Danis Garaev is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Pedagogy, Psychology and Social Problems (Kazan, Russia). At CEES he is researching the topic “Russian-speaking Islamism and Nagorno-Karabakh: The conflict as a way to overcome the Sunni-Shiite contradiction".
Nino Gozalishvili is a PhD candidate at Central European University (CEU) pursuing the Nationalism Studies and Comparative History joint doctoral program. The title of her doctoral dissertation is : “Transnationalization for National Purposes: Traces in National-Populist Discourses in Post-Communist Georgia.” Nino holds an MA degree in Nationalism Studies from CEU and BA in International Relations from Tbilisi State University (TSU). She was also a visiting student at the University of Warsaw and at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Her research project at CEES is: "Europeanization and Transforming the Idea of Europe within National-Populist Discourses: The Case of Post-Communist Georgia.” Nino's publications deal with the Soviet history of Georgia, the issues of right-wing populism, democratization and disinformation, as well as the trends in soft power policies deployed towards Georgia. Since 2019, Nino has been a teaching assistant at the Central European University (CEU) and a visiting lecturer at Ilia State University and the University of Georgia. During the recent years, Nino has conducted short- and long-term research with various think-tanks and NGOs.
Najmin Kamilsoy is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Public and Social Policy at Charles University in Prague, where he previously received a master’s degree in Public Policy. He has worked as a consultant and researcher for a number of international organizations based in the United States, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Germany. He is a former Hurford Youth Fellow at the World Movement for Democracy in Washington, D.C. His doctoral research focuses on civil society developments in the South Caucasus under the aspect of professionalization and its impact on citizen engagement. His CEES fellowship project deals with the transformation of civil society in Azerbaijan since independence.
Tamar Tolordava studied Political Science and Soviet Studies at Ilia State University (Tbilisi). In 2019 she continued her studies at the University of Glasgow and in 2020 was awarded a Master of Science degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. She currently works as an assistant professor and researcher at Ilia State University. Furthermore, she is a project officer at the university's Center for Russian Studies. Her research topic at CEES is titled: "Informality and Corruption Revisited - Crossover of Informal Governance and Corruption Under the 'Georgian Dream' Rule."
Fall semester 2020
Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky joined the CEES as Guest Scholar in autumn 2020. Professor Adamsky is a Head of the BA Honors Track in Strategy and Decision Making at the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya University, Israel. His research interests include international security, cultural approach to IR, modern military thought, and American, Russian and Israeli national security policy. In the autumn semester 2020, Dima Adamsky is teaching a course on Russian foreign policy and Russian strategic culture at the University of Zurich.
Nasta Agrba joined the CEES as Fellow in autumn 2020. She holds a master degree in journalism (MGIMO) and in cinematography scriptwriting (VGIK). In 2019 she completed the CAS course “Arts and International Cooperation” at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She is currently pursuing a PhD-research project on the topic of “Sustainability of grassroots societies in the multicultural contexts” at the Abkhazian State University. She is a co-curator of SKLAD, an Abkhazian cultural center and a producer and journalist of HARA HAKALAK, an Abkhazian architectural and urbanist grass-roots society. She is involved into several projects for art students with the Artas Foundation for Peace in Zurich.
Naala Avidzba joined the CEES as Fellow in autumn 2020. She graduated from Moscow Metropolitan Government University with a degree in International Relations. She was a participant in various academic conferences e.g. at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, at RUDN University, and the Faculty of Journalism at St. Petersburg State University. Besides her current non-university work, she is pursuing a PhD-project at the Abkhazian Institute of Humanitarian Studies n.a. D.I. Gulia. on the potential for developing Abkhazia into a center for international tourism. For this research, she applies an ethnological approach.
Gvantsa Salukvadze joined the CEES as Fellow in autumn 2020. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She has been part of several scientific research projects funded by Volkswagen Foundation, Austrian Development Cooperation, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, etc., to promote mountain development in Georgian Caucasus. Furthermore, she has contributed to the development of a normative scenario for sustainable land-use in the greater Caucasus with German and Georgian scholars. Since 2017 Ms Salukvadze has been also actively collaborating with the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. At the CEES, she will work on the topic "The Threat of Tourism Dependence amid Political Instability in the South Caucasus Region".
Fall semester 2019/spring semester 2020
Dr. Maria Shagina joined the CEES as a Postdoctoral Fellow in autumn 2019. She specializes in European integration, post-Soviet democratisation and international sanctions. Her research project at CEES will focus on the West-Russia tensions since the Ukraine crisis and its implications for the Eurasian Economic Union. Her publications have appeared in the European Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Atlantic Council, New Eastern Europe, and Global Risk Insights.
Dr. Shagina has started her CEES Fellowship in November 2019. Previously, she held a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ritsumeikan University in Japan. Before that, she was a PhD Fellow at the Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian studies at the University of Birmingham and at the NCCR Democracy at the University of Zurich. She is also currently affiliated with the Geneva International Sanctions Network at the Graduate Institute Geneva. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Lucerne.