GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate




Transforming Defence - Examining NATO’s Role in Institutional Changes of South Caucasus Countries

Academic Degrees

Master Inrenationale Beziehungen (International Relatioons)

Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies

Work Experience

08.02.1994-25.07.1996           Daily newspaper “Georgian Times” (Journalist – world news analyst)

03.1997-07.1997                   Daily newspaper “Mokalake” (Journalist – world news analyst)

16.02.1998-15.04.19998        FERROSTAAL AG/Essen (Trainee – East Europe Department)

04.2000-06.2000                   Alma-Mater AG (Trainee – Marketing Section)

04.1997-08.2000                   German Newspaper “Kaukasische Zeitung” (Independent Journalist)

01.10.2003-2005                   Ministry of Defense of Georgia (Policy and Euro-Atlantic Integration, senior specialist)

2005-2009                           Ministry of Defence of Georgia (Policy and Planning Department, Head of Policy Division)

08.2009-12.2011                   Advisor to Ambassador at Georgian Mission to NATO (Brussels)

2006-2008  Ilia Chavchavadze State University/Caucasus InternationalUniversity (Lecturer - Cooperative Security; Conflicts of the Modern World)

01.02.2012- 01.10.2012          Invited lecturer at University of Georgia (Tbilisi) (Class - Global Politics)

Specific Research Title, Area and Promotor(s)

“Transforming Defence: Examining NATO’s Role in Institutional Changes ofSouth Caucasus Countries - a Comparative Study”


Prof. Aude Merlin (ULB)

Prof. Andreas Vasilache (Universitaet Bielefeld)


Research Interests:

International Organizations, Security and Defence Studies, Conflict Theory and Conflict Resolution, Military Affairs

Description of research work

The research attempts to respond to questions such as to what degree NATO can utilize its policy of conditionality to achieve the national compliance, i.e. the policy change of respective defence institutions. Additionally it draws the focus of analysis on factors that were imperative for the policy formation and implementation in conformity with commonly agreed NATO-based norms and standards. The neo-institutionalist lens of the analysis allows us to provide a more complex understanding of institutional mechanisms and particular modes of national decision-making adopted towards the Alliance, i.e. either strengthen or weaken the NATO-influence (national compliance). We also expect the realist research agenda to benefit from our findings in relation to key determinants of state behavior while transforming defence. The measurement is being conducted predominantly across the qualitative categories within each case (cross-case multidimensional comparison) to “meaningfully capture the ideas of concept.”

Overview of Publications

  • Soviet Nuclear Legacy in Georgia in “Georgia’s Nuclear Odyssey - The Path from Soviet Atomic Legacy To Global Nonproliferation Regime.” CCDS, Tbilisi, 2013  
  • Conditionality and Compliance: The Shaky Dimensions of NATO Influence (The Georgian Case), Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 13, Issue 2, p.1-23, April 4, 2014 available at
  • Sochi 2014 - the Rubicon of Russian Neo-Expansionism, Expert Opinion #21. GFSIS. 2014. 10 p. available at