Dr Beka Kobakhidze (Current Georgian Studies Fellow)
I obtained my PhD degree at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2015. I am an Associated Professor at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), Invited Lecturer at the University of Georgia and Caucasus University. I was teaching at Ilia State University from 2015-2017. Currently I am a Visiting Fellow at Russian and East European Studies of the University of Oxford. My research interests lie in the foreign policy of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921) and the historical intersection between Russia and the Western Great Powers in the Caucasus and contested regional history of the Caucasus of 19th and 20th Centuries. My ongoing researchproject is Paris 1919-1920: Independence of Georgia in the Political West. I was awarded a Presidential Grant for Young Scholars in 2012-2014 and with an Open Society Georgia Foundation grant in 2014 that enabled my extensive research travels to the UK, France etc.