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Geopolitics and Security: Case of the Black Sea-Caspian Region

Tbilisi, Georgia

This course will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia for approximately two weeks and is offered in partnership with the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. The course is designed to provide graduate level students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the Black Sea-Caspian Region. It will provide a strategic overview of historic and recent developments, as well as explore different scenarios for long-term development in the region through the examination of the empirical cases and current security environment in the region. The course will also focus on pivotal states for the stability and growth in the region: Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. 


Faculty Director

Mamuka Tsereteli

Dr. Tsereteli teaches courses on International Economic Policy and Energy and Security in Europe and Central Eurasia. His areas of interest include international relations, international economic policy, economic and energy security, political/ economic risk analysis, and mitigation strategies, and business development. Dr. Tsereteli previously served as a Founding Executive Director at the America-Georgia Business Council, Economic Counselor at the Embassy of Georgia in Washington, covering relationships with international financial institutions, U.S. assistance programs and business initiatives. He frequently speaks at events related to international relations in the Caucasus and Central Asia, economic development, energy security and country risk analysis.

Academic Details

The Program will consist of two academic components worth three credits each: a seminar, which will include guest speakers and site visits, and an internship OR independent study. Students may enroll in both the seminar and internship or independent study, or in the seminar only. SIS can place students who participate in the seminar in an internship position with a partner organization in Tbilisi. A list of potential internship organizations can be requested from the Faculty Director and will be made available in the Forms section of this page.

The course will enable students to paint a strategic map of the Caucasus and Central Asia by looking at multiple internal and external factors of stability, including: interest of major powers and conflicting foreign policy priorities of the regional countries; the status of governance, efficiency of the states, and the 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 citizen involvement in the national development of multiethnic societies and increasing a sense of empowerment among the citizens.

Site Visits

Students will have the opportunity to participate in several site visits and field trips during the seminar. Sites could include the old capital, the country's most important trading ports, the country's famous grape region, and UNESCO heritage sites in and around Tbilisi.

2016 Program Dates

Pre-Departure Workshop: Date TBA


June 19- Arrival in Tbilisi

June 20- Start of program

July 3- End of program/ departure day

Internship: Variable dates

Program Costs

AU tuition, international travel, visa fee (if applicable), and most meals. Accommodation and program related travel are included at no additional cost to students.

Who Should Attend

SIS graduate students with interests in global governance, Eurasia regional studies, geopolitics, energy security and policy, international security, comparative political systems, and history are strongly invited to apply. AU graduate students from all disciplines will be considered.


Students are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Tbilisi. Students in the seminar will be housed in group accommodation; students staying in Tbilisi for the internship component will be responsible for their own housing during the internship period.

Application and Deadlines

Priority application deadline: March 1, 2016

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline on a rolling basis.


As part of the review process, the Faculty Director may invite students to meet with them to discuss the submitted application. Once admitted to the Program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American University, to secure their place in the Program.

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Info Session

Tuesday, 1/19; 4:45-5:15pm and 5:15-5:45pm in SIS 112

Application Deadline

March 1, 2016

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Summer Abroad Application


Advisor Approval Form

Program Guide and Internship list will be made available at the start of the Spring 2016 semester.

Funding Your Study Abroad

Graduate grants and scholarships

American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) Graduate Fellowship

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