WiP: Studying Russian-Georgian Relations on the Ground: Stereotypes and Challenges

By Archil Sikharulidze, GIPA

Date: March 20, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

Since the so-called August War in 2008 Georgia and Russia have no diplomatic relations. Obstacles to communication increase, while information warfare has become a main form of interaction. In the wake of this nearly complete closure of dialogue, analysts and researchers from both countries have few opportunities to conduct field work and other important activities on the ground in each other’s countries. When they are able to conduct such research, they often unexpectedly experience significant challenges and stereotypes that complicate research and dialogue. The goal of this talk is to outline main challenges and stereotypes that Georgian and Russian analysts/researchers face while studying interstate relations in practice and on the ground.

Archil Sikharulidze is a PhD candidate in Social Sciences at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), and is the creator of the SIKHA Foundation

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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