The Impact of the Russo-Ukrainian War on the South Caucasus

Speaker: Dr. Josiah Marineau, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Date & Time: Thursday, July 6th, 2023 at 11:30am Yerevan time

Address: Institute of Philosophy, Sociology, and Law at the National Academy of Sciences of RA, 44 Aram Street, 0010, Yerevan, Armenia

Led by Dr. Josiah Marineau (University of North Carolina at Pembroke), this lecture will discuss the impact of the Russo-Ukrainian War at three levels of analysis: how the war is changing domestic politics, the influence of great powers, and the relationships between countries in the region. The lecture will focus primarily on the impact of the war on domestic politics, with particular reference to migration patterns. Dr. Marineau will argue that a surge of migration from Russia is having a large impact on the politics of Georgia and Armenia, but in different ways. The surge of Russian migrants in Georgia is leading to heightened resentment among the population, while the government is more supportive of the Russian migrants within limits. The Russian population in Armenia is not creating hostility among the population, which has allowed the Russians to be more politically engaged than in Georgia.

Dr. Josiah Marineau is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He specializes in Comparative Politics and International Relations with a focus on the South Caucasus as well as central and Eastern Africa. In addition to ongoing fieldwork in Georgia, he has conducted fieldwork in Uganda, Malawi, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania. He has published in Studies in Comparative International Development, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and the Journal of Political Science Education, among others.

Funding for this lecture is provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). This event is sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). The lectures are free and open to the public. Learn more at

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