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International Summer School

Geopolitics and Security: Case of Black sea-Caspian Region


Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) is pleased to announce call for applications on the Certified Summer Program inGeopolitics and Security: The Case of the Black Sea-Caspian Sea Region for English Speaking Students.

The course is specially designed for the American Students and annually is offered for the fourth time already. This year we give you the special chance to study with American students, attend cultural events and field trips, meet and attend the lecturers in the sphere.

 

Program Description and Objectives

This certified credit summer program is designed to provide graduate and senior undergraduate level
students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the Black Sea-Caspian Sea Region. The program
will provide a strategic overview of historic and recent developments as well as scenarios for long-term
developments in the region through the examination of empirical cases and the current security
environment in the region. The focus of the program will be on those states pivotal for stability and growth
in the region: Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Discussions will aim at painting a strategic map of the Caucasus and Central Asia by looking at multiple
internal and external factors of stability and security, including:  the interests of the major powers and the
conflicting foreign policy priorities of the regional countries; regional conflicts; the status of governance,
the efficiency of the states and the problem of corruption; challenges of economic development in
resource-rich states; employment as a security issue; allocation and misallocation of natural, human and
economic resources; the status of civil society; regional cooperation and global engagement.

 

By the end of the program, the students will:
- Develop a clear understanding of the origin and historic development of the regional states and
great powers influencing the region;
- Learn about major security challenges of the region, influenced by regional and global conflicts
conflicts, as well as challenges like demographic trends, unemployment etc.
- Explore the opportunities for potential positive political and economic developments in the region;
- Gain a thorough understanding of how world politics is affected by energy security and energy
policy, as well as understanding of the connection between energy supplies to Europe, as well as
to China, and long term security;
- Improve ability to apply theoretical approaches to specific cases: Southern Corridor for the
Natural Gas etc., EU Association process for Georgia; Belt and Road Initiative of China.

 

- Define political and economic geography and historic origins of the Black Sea-Caspian region;
- Define regional states’ foreign-security policies and domestic political development;
- Critically analyze existing and potential challenges and conflicts of the region;
- Apply IR theory elements learned in other classes to this region
- Define the basic economic and energy security issues for broader Eurasia and critically analyze alternative strategies for energy security.

 

 

 

Cultural and Social Events are not limited to:

  • Welcome Dinner and tour to Old Capital of Georgia – Mtskheta
  • Visit to the National Museum of Georgia (Tbilisi)
  • Wine Tasting  - Tour to Eastern Georgia – Kakheti
  • Tour to mountainous region of Georgia – Kazbegi 

Program Schedule:

For the details, download Program Schedule


Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to attend every class prepared to discuss the assigned issues, current news about the Black Sea-Caspian Region, and actively engage in discussions with guest speakers. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive GIPA Certificate of Completion and the letter of Transcript.

To receive the certificate, students will have to compete following assignments:

1)     Essay Writing (35%): Essay reflecting on one of the major Security challenges for the selected country of the region. (3-5 pages)2)    Group Projects and Presentations (40%): Groups are required to prepare and make 20-minute formal presentation on the basis of the analysis of the selected topic. 3)    Class Participation (25%).  

 

Program Format

This program will combine the lecture format with class discussion. Students are expected to be ready for the class discussions based on the assigned readings. Students are also expected to follow the current news about the region to be discussed in the class.

There will be one in-class meeting per day for two hours, at 10 am, and several afternoon sessions at 2 pm with visiting guest-speakers, including Georgian officials, foreign diplomats and members of the business community.

 

Application Procedures 

Applications are accepted by Email. Deadline for submission of applications is June 12, 2016. Applicants should provide the following documents:

  1. Statement of Purpose (max. 300 words)
  2. Updated CV with the contact information 

After admission, the students will receive notification via e-mail no later than June 15.

 

Program Fee  

The total program cost is 1500 GEL for Georgian Students. The tuition fee includes full social and cultural program.

 

See the full brochure of the program here.  

 

Course Coordinators:

International: Mamuka Tsereteli Director of Research with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, based in Washington DC. His expertise includes international economic policy, economic and energy security, political and economic risk analysis and mitigation strategies, and business development in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Dr. Tsereteli teaches classes on Energy and Security at American University and the School for Advanced International Study at Johns Hopkins University. Previously he served as Director of the Center for Black Sea-Caspian Studies at American University, and as Founding Executive Director at the America-Georgia Business Council.

Local: Bakur Kvashilava Dean of the School of Law and Politics, Professor, GIPA (Georgian Institute of Public Affairs) . 10 years of managerial experience at GIPA and academic expertise of +12 years. Bakur Kvashilava has experience working for the private and public sectors; he served in the Foreign Policy Analysis Department of the President’s Administration in 1999-2001, he represented Exxon Mobil Co. in Georgia in 2004-2005 and served in the OSCE Mission to Georgia. He teaches several courses at GIPA – the Introduction to International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Ideologies, Parties and Electoral Systems. His current work and research is concentrated on Political Risk Analysis, Regime Transformation and Political Parties. Bakur Kvashilava regularly partakes in joint efforts treating these issues with the other key academic and research institutions that engage in the study of international relations and politics. He is one of the founding members of the Association for International Relations. At various times, Bakur Kvashilava offered and offers lectures and training for IDEA, Georgian Foundation for International COORDINATORS and Strategic Studies, Curatio, and others.

 

Contact Information:

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Coordinator: Zhana Antia, Head of Training and Consulting Center

Mailsummerschool@gipa.ge

Phone: +995 032 249 75 00

Mob: +995 595 59 23 01

Address: Ietim Gurji str. 7B, 0105, Tbilisi, Georgia