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Salome Minesashvili

Salome Minesashvili

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



Salome Minesashvili is a PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies where she does research on European identity beyond the European Union. After her undergraduate studies at Ivane Javakhisvhili Tbilisi State University in 2010, she did her master studies at the University of Edinburgh and at Ivane Javakhisvhili Tbilisi State University. Thereafter, Salome Minesashvili was researcher at international programs like SCOPES and ASCN, which promote the academic cooperation between Switzerland and East Europe. Since 2019, she has worked as research coordinator at the Georgian Institute of Politics in Tiflis. Her research interest focuses on national identity, foreign policy, and transition processes in former Soviet states.

Current FUBiS courses:

01/2019 – present
Research Coordinator (Researcher between 2013-2018) at Georgian Institute of Politics, Tbilisi,

09/2015 – present
Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, PhD Candidate

09/2010 – 02/2013
Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, MSc Transformation in the South Caucasus

09/2011 – 11/2012
University of Edinburgh, MSc International Political Theory

09/2006 – 07/2010
Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, B.A. International Relations

“Regional Politics in Eurasia”. Proseminar. Winter semester 2017/2018. Freie Universität Berlin. Co-teaching with Ann-Sophie Gast.

04/2014 – 03/2017
Swiss National Foundation (SCOPES Programme). “Religion and soft power. Religious communities in the South Caucasus as objects of external influences” (researcher)

02/2014 – 01/2016
Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) grant “Role of identity, norms and beliefs in foreign policy of Armenia and Georgia” (junior researcher)

11/2014 – 04/2015
Center for EU Studies, University of Ghent, Belgium

05 – 07/2014
Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK

01/2014 – 01/2015
Norwegian Institute for International Affairs grant #R QZA-13/0338 “Contemporary dilemmas in Georgia’s foreign and security policy” (research assistant)

09/2013 – 09/2015
Georgian Institute of Politics and Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Researcher, Tbilisi

03/2013 – 09/2013
Center for Social Sciences, Research Intern, Tbilisi

02/2011 – 09/2011
Caucasus Research Resource Centers, Junior Fellow, Tbilisi

Research interests

  • National Identity/Foreign Policy Nexus
  • EU-Eastern Neighbourhood Relations
  • International Relations Theories
  • Transition Processes in the Former Soviet Union

Kakachia, K., Minesashvili, S. and Kakhishvili, L. 2018. Change and continuity in the foreign policies of small states: elite perceptions and Georgia`s foreign policy towards Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 70(5), 814-831.

Minesashvili, S. and Gast, Ann-Sophie. 2017. The global increase of hybrid warfare: the case of Russia`s warfare in Ukraine. In: Long shots and bold claims: scenarios on future challenges to the global order. Policy Paper, N2. POLIS 180, Berlin.

Minesashvili, S. 2017. Orthodoxy as soft power in Russia-Georgia relations. In: Joedicke, A. (ed.). 2017. Religion and soft power in the South Caucasus. Routledge.

Minesashvili, S. 2017. Well-being and migration. In: Zarembo, K. (ed.). 2017. Ukrainian generation: attitudes and values. New Europe Center, Kyiv.

Minesashvili, S. 2017. The Georgian Orthodox Church as a civil actor: challenges and capabilities. Policy paper. Georgian Institute of Politics.

Minesashvili, S. 2016. Can the Georgian Orthodox Church contribute to the democratization process? Policy paper. Georgian Institute of Politics.

Minesashvili, S. 2016. Belonging and alterity in Georgia`s foreign policy. In: Kakachia, K. and   Markarov, A. (eds.). 2016. Values and identity as sources of foreign policy in Armenia and Georgia. Tbilisi: Universal.

Minesashvili, S. 2015. Path dependency in foreign policy: the case of US-Georgia relations in 2003- 2012. Journal of Young Researchers, 1(1). Tbilisi State University.

Minesashvili, S. and Kakhishvili, L. 2015. Georgia: foreign policy identity in the domestic arena as a subject of contestation. Caucasus Analytical Digest, 77.

Kakachia, K. and Minesashvili, S. 2015. Identity politics: exploring Georgian foreign policy behavior. Journal of Eurasian Studies, 6(2), 171-180.

Kakachia, K., Kakhishvili, L. and Minesashvili, S., 2015. Russia-Georgia relations – possible threats and challenges of the “normalization” process. Policy Brief. East European Security Research Initiative.

Minesashvili, S., 2013. How European are we? Explaining Georgia’s westward aspiration. Working paper. Tbilisi: Center for Social Sciences.