Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)
Certified Credit Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia
Geopolitics and Security: Case of Black
This course is designed to provide graduate and senior undergraduate level students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the Black Sea-Caspian Region. The course will provide with strategic overview of historic and recent developments, as well as with different scenarios for long-term developments in the region through examination of the empirical cases and current security environment in the region. The focus of the course will be on pivotal states for the stability and growth in the region: Ukraine, Georgia,Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
During the class discussion we will paint strategic map of the Caucasus and Central Asia by looking at multiple internal and external factors of stability, including: interests of major powers and conflicting foreign policy priorities of the regional countries; status of governance, efficiency of the states, and problem of corruption; strong macro growth in some countries due to natural resources, accompanied by limited access to economic and educational opportunities; employment as a security issue and key measure of state legitimacy; misallocation of natural, human and economic resources; status of civil society; opportunities for facilitating citizens’ involvement in the national development of multiethnic societies and increasing their sense of empowerment.