Ghia Nodia

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 Iliaghia-nodia1 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.



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