Natia Gamkrelidze

Natia Gamkrelidze, guest researcher at RUCCAR at Malmo University and PhD Candidate in Political Science at Linnaeus University. Her Ph.D. project is co-supervised by Bo Petersson, co-director of RUCARR. She is currently a fellow in residence at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. 

Areas of research interest: Great Powers Foreign Policies; Small States; Perceptions and Images in International Relations; Georgia; United States; European Union; NATO; Russia

PhD project

Her dissertation focuses on the External and Internal images of political elites of Georgia from 1991 to 2020. On the one hand, it features the external images framed by the U.S., NATO, E.U., and Russia, vis-à-vis the internal images framed by Georgian political elites on Georgia from 1991 to 2020. Natia conducted 101 elite interviews with several political elites from the U.S., NATO, E.U., Russia, and Georgia. As a part of her Ph.D. project, she published two articles; one tracks U.S. and NATO, and another E.U. political elite images of Georgia during three very eventful decades in the country’s recent history. The third article focuses on the images of the Russian political elites of Georgia, and the fourth and final article explores the self-images of Georgia.

Selected publications

Gamkrelidze, N. (2021). From failing state to strategic partner: analyzing US and NATO political elite images of Georgia and policy implications from 1991 to 2020. Post-Soviet Affairs, 37(6), 578–599.

Gamkrelidze, N. (2021). From a willing partner to close political and economic partner: analysing EU political elites’ images of Georgia from 1991 to 2020, European Security,

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