SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Associate Professor, PhD in History





Beka Kobakhidze received his PhD degree from Ivane Javakhishvili State University in Tblisli, Georgia, in 2015. He is an Associate Professor at Ilia State University and lecturer at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).

Kobakhidze has also lectured at the University of Georgia and the Caucasus University. In 2018-19, he was a Visiting Fellow of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford. His research interests lie in the foreign policy of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921) and the historical intersection between Russia and the Western Great Powers in the Caucasus and the contested regional history of the Caucasus of the 19th and 20th centuries. His ongoing research project is Paris 1919-1920: Independence of Georgia in the Political West. He was awarded a Presidential Grant for Young Scholars in 2012-2014, with an Open Society Georgia Foundation grant in 2014 and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation grant in 2018 that enabled his extensive research in the United Kingdom, France, and elsewhere.

Simultaneously, Beka Kobakhidze has been pursuing his career in international organizations and public service: during 2009-2015 he was working for the European Union Monitoring Mission to Georgia (EUMM), from 2015 to 2019 he was a Head of Education and Professional Development Division at the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, From 2019 he is working for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM).

Scientific interests / research interests

Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921);

Contested regional history, narratives and memories of modern Caucasus;

Historic geopolitical intersections of Russia and the political West in the Caucasus.

Only in English Language:

2019   Feeble Projects and Wishes: The Caucasian and Transcaucasian

Federation/Confederation in the Geopolitics of 1918-1920. (forthcoming), Journal

Caucasus Survey, Volume 8, Issue 1

2019 Vulnerability of a Postcolonial Small State: Georgia’s International Prospects in

1918, Magazines of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. Volume 9   (forthcoming)

2017    From International Revolution to a National State – The Case of Georgian Social

Democracy (1917-1921)  https://ge.boell.org/en/2017/07/31/international-revolution-national-state-case-georgian-social-democracy-1917-1921

2015 Book “Sir Oliver Wardrop 150”, Author/compiler, Tbilisi

2015   Photo Album “The Democratic Republic of Georgia”, Author/compiler, Tbilisi

2014 The Role of His Majesty’s High Commissioner Sir Oliver Wardrop in

Transcaucasia with Regard to Georgian-British State Relations, pp. 3-27, Tbilisi

2013   Davit Ghambashidze: Representative of The First Georgian Democratic

To His Britannic Majesty’s Government (1918-1921); Journal of Central Asian

And Caucasian Studies, Volume 8, Nr. 15, pp. 151-168, Ankara

2011  Georgia’s ”Caucasian Role” and Russia – 1918-1921 and the Current Situation;

Electronic Billingual Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journal “Spekali”, Nr. 4

Current Courses

Course Catalog

MA Courses:

  1. Caucasus of XIX-XXI Centuries: History of Occupation, Conflicts and Society Development

The Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921) in Intetrnational Politics