Seminar6th November 2006

The Aleksanteri Institute’s Eurasian Energy Group is pleased to invite you for afternoon seminar on

“Georgia Today: Wine, Energy and International Politics”

The recent eruption of recriminations between Georgia and Russia and a series of Russian sanctions have brought to the world’s attention what has always been a complex and strained relationship. Over the past three centuries, Georgian and Russian national pride have led to both cooperation and conflict with each other. Georgia’s geopolitical position between Europe and Asia, between Russia and the Muslim world, has been a source of both prosperity and difficulty. With the position of Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia still unresolved, Georgia has also been caught up in international politics as a result of the emergence of the South Caucasus as a key region for energy transit.

This seminar provides a timely examination of the situation in Georgia today, the effects of the expulsion of Georgians from Russia and the Russian embargo on Georgian exports of wine and mineral water, and the causes behind the current dispute. It will also look at the short and long-term implications for security and energy, and the influence and meaning of small states in the international arena.

The seminar will be held at Aleksanteri Institute, Töölönkatu 3 A, fifth floor seminar room at 13.30-15.00 on Monday 6th November2006

Programme:

13.30-13.45
Opening words by the chair, researcher Hanna Smith, Aleksanteri Institute: “Georgia in International Politics”

13.45-14.05
“Wine and the nation: the mood in Georgia today”, Dr. Jeremy Smith, senior lecturer, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, and visiting researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute.

14.05-14.25
“The energy and security situation”, researcher Mikko Palonkorpi, Aleksanteri Institute

Discussion

RSVP by Friday 3rd November to Essi Lindroos, essi.lindroos[at]helsinki.fi or 191 28 660

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