The preeminence of the United States was never so pronounced in the first decade following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. However, many in the South Caucasus believe that Washington could have done considerably more for the three countries and the region in general.
To what extent is this dissatisfaction is justified? Does it have to do with actual policy mistakes or is it related to unduly high expectations the people in the three countries had a quarter a century ago?
Dr. George Mchedlishvili, currently a Carnegie Visiting Fellow at CERES, will argue that US policies towards the South Caucasus since the early 1990s have played an important role in determining domestic and foreign agenda in the three countries. The main focus will be foreign policies of the three South Caucasus states. The distinct 'periods' and major areas of engagement will be identified and delineated.
Dr. George Mchedlishvili is Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences and Coordinator of the Caucasus Studies MA program at the International Black Sea University, Tbilisi, Georgia. For the Spring 2016 semester, he is a Carnegie Visiting Fellow at CERES.
Previously, he was an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia, Tbilisi from 2011-2015 and an invited lecturer at the Center for Social Sciences at Tbilisi State University from 2008-2011. His prior fellowships include the Robert Bosch Fellowship at Chatham House in London, the Caucasus Project Fellowship at the World Security Institute in Washington, D.C., and as a Returning Scholar in the Open Society Institute's (Soros Foundation) Academic Fellowship Program.
Earlier in his career, he served in in the Policy Planning Division and the Georgian National Commission for UNESCO within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. He holds a PhD in World History from Tbilisi State University and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University.