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Daviti Mtchedlishvili

PhD Candidate

Thesis Title:

Dilemmas of Europeanization: Foreign Policy of the European Union towards the South Caucasus


Dr. Milenko Petrovic and Prof. Martin Holland 


  • MA in Political Science, Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas, 2015
  • BA in Political Science, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, 2013

Details of Research

The aim of my PhD thesis is to look for anomalies of Europeanisation in the South Caucasus. The research will apply three theoretical explanatory paths of domestic change regarding Europeanization in order to quantify particular aspects of Europeanisation, respectively, Rationalist&Constructivist, Functionalist&Institutionalist and Political&Economy by incorporating from System of logic the method of difference (Most–Similar Cases method) with two essential respect – the casual variables of interest and outcome as far as the Europeanisation process in the South Caucasus is presented as dichotomize and with all possible scenarios. In particular the thesis will examine the most evident domestic agents&actors, market structures, Idiosyncrasy and implications and constitutive nature of ideas on Europeanization in the South Caucasus. What is more, the thesis relies on the idea of necessity to understanding the transitional nature of the South Caucasus countries and how (if so) it relates to the Europeanization process and what, if any, impact has had the post communism process on the transformation of these countries. Consequently, it is essential to trace the post-communist transformation of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia and examine the transition process, obstacles of transformation from Post-Communism and degree of Russia’s influence during the Europeanisation process, where the conditionality stimulus – membership – is missing from the picture.


  • The 2nd ADA EU Summer School presented by the Centre of Excellence in EU Studies. The project funded by the European Union. Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Baku. 01-11 June 2016
  • Europeanization Process in Georgia during the Period from 2003 to 2014. External Europeanization Process: External Governance. Paper presentation. Vytautas Magnus University. Kaunas. Lithuania. 21 May. 2015
  • Bled Strategic Forum. 10th edition. 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act. Bled. Slovenia. 30-02 September. 2015
  • Mission Management, Administration and Support Course. Europe’s New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management. Belgium. Brussels. 6-10 July.  2015
  • The Role of Personalities in Shaping of Young Leaders. Challenges for future leaders. Conference organized by International Youth Forum. Baku city. 13-16 June 2013
  • Conflict Resolution Meeting. AEGEE. Regional Security Analysis: South Caucasus. Baku city. 07-11 February 2013
  • Black Sea Young Diplomats’ School 2011/2012. GSBS.  August of 2011 and 2012. Hotel Oasis, Chaqvi. Black Sea coast

Academic exchange

  • Masaryk University, Czech Republic, 2014
  • Nisantasi University, Turkey, 2013


  • EUCN Domestic Tuition Fees Scholarship 2016/2017
  • Erasmus Mundus + 2014
  • Erasums Mundus traineeship 2015


Mtchedlishvili D. (2016). Europeanization Process in Georgia during the period from 2003 to 2014. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. 2016. 97 pp. ISBN 978-3-659-91734-9

Research Interests

  • European integration
  • Europeanization 
  • ENP/EaP
  • Post-communist transition
  • The South Caucasus in international relations 


Contact Details:

Email:  daviti.mtchedlishvili@pg.canterbury.ac.nz   

Postal address

c/o National Centre for Research on Europe
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University of Canterbury
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New Zealand

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