Chairman, Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, Georgia
Ghia Nodia is the professor of politics and the director of the International School of Caucasus Studies in Ilia Chavchavadze State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is also a founder of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD), an independent public policy think tank in Tbilisi, Georgia, which he led in 1992-2008 and leads again since August 2009. During 2008, he served as the minister for education and science of Georgia.
He has published extensively on two sets of topics: democratization, state-building, security, and conflicts in Georgia and the Caucasus, and theories of nationalism and democratic transition in the post-cold-War context. He has been involved in pro-democracy advocacy efforts in Georgia and internationally, and has been frequent participant of international congresses and conferences on the related topics. In February-December 2008, he served as the minister of education and science of Georgia.
His publications include a book in co-authorship with Alvaro Pinto Scholtach, The Political Landscape in Georgia. Political Parties: Achievements, Challenges, and Prospects (Delf (Holland), Eburon Delft, 2006), and articles: “Freedom and the State”, Journal of Democracy, 2010/1, pp. 136-143, “External (F)actors in Democratization: Lessons from the Georgian Experience”, in: Nicolas Hayoz, Leszek Jesien, Daniela Koleva (eds.), 20 years after Communism: Expectations, Achievements and Disillusions of 1989 (Peter Lang: Bern, Berlin, etc), 2011, pp. 229-252, “The Record of the Rose Revolution: Mixed but still impressive”, in: Vichen Cheterian, Ed., From Peresroika to Rainbow Revolutions:Reform and Revolution after socialism,,C. Hurst and Co: London, 2013, pp. 85-115.