Hankkeen vierailevat tutkijat / Visiting scholars

Associate Professor Kornely K. Kakachia vieraili hankkeen k_k
georgialaisena WEI-vieralevanatutkijana
Aleksanteri-instituutissa 6.9–26.9.2010.

Suomen vierailunsa aikana professori Kakachia teki tutkimustyötä yhdessä Aleksanteri-instituutin tutkimusryhmän kanssa ja kirjoitti kymmenen sivun artikkelin aiheesta "Challenges and Prospects of Cross Border Cooperation Between Russia and Georgia", joka julkaistaan osana AI:n osahankkeen Georgia-raporttia. Tämän lisäksi professori Kakachian tutkimuksellinen kiinnostus suuntautui Suomen ja Venäjän välisiin suhteisiin ja erityisesti suomettumisen problematiikkaan ja näistä aiheista Kakachia keräsi tutkimusmateriaalia, tutustui englanninkieliseen lähdekirjallisuuteen sekä keskusteli aiheesta muiden tutkijoiden ja asiantuntijoiden kanssa. Lisäksi Kakachia piti Suomen vierailunsa aikana kaksi alustusta sekä yhden luennon. Kakachialle esiteltiin suomalaista yliopistojärjestelmää sekä mm. Suomen Akatemian toimintaa.


Associate Professor Kornely K. Kakachia, Department of Political Science, Tbilisi State University

Visiting scholar 6-26th September in the Aleksanteri Institute's project in the Wider Europe Initiative Security Cluster - The South Caucasus Beyond Borders: Conflicts, Cooperation and Development.

My current research topic is entitled " Between Russian Assertiveness and Insecurity: Georgia's Political Challenges and Prospects after the conflict". The research topic investigates the problems related to security dilemma of Georgian state after the Russo-Georgian conflict exacerbated by ambivalent prospect of its Euro-Atlantic integration.

My inquiry focuses on political challenges of modern Georgia and "new tone" of Russia's diplomacy aimed to win ideological battle inside the Georgia. I illustrate how Russia defines its strategy towards Georgia and its other Post-Soviet neighbors using ideology and so called "Eurasianism" as a principle on which Russia's future could be built. Two components of this ideology are Eastern Orthodoxy and a so called "common historical heritage."

After linking this issue with Russia's attempt begun to utilize so-called "soft power" in relations with Georgia aimed at changing Georgia's pro-Western orientation I trace the new Russian strategy that would temper Moscow's passion for regime change in Tbilisi and instead employ direct outreach to the Georgian people. Another goal of this new policy would be to prevent the further alienation of Georgian political elites from Russia and help pro-Russian (or at least, Russia-neutral) forces come to power during the next electoral cycle.

How realistic is such an approach? I claim, that before implementing a markedly different Georgia strategy, Kremlin officials should realize that by recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russian authorities made it practically impossible for anyone in Georgia to create a political bloc oriented toward Moscow that would be capable of garnering wide electoral support. Voter sympathy for Russia does not exist. The political differences are simply too great, and the elites in both countries are too accustomed to viewing each other as opponents instead of partners. Paper also deals with Georgia's National security issues aftermath of "five day war" and prospects of Russo-Georgian relations. The results of this paper will be published in Peer reviewed journal in 2011.

The South Caucasus Beyond Borders, Boundaries and Division Lines:
Conflicts, Cooperation and Development