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Dr. Nino Kemoklidze

Associate Professor

Dr Nino Kemoklidze is an Associate Professor at the Defense and Security Program at Rabdan Academy.

Before joining Rabdan, Dr Nino was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Chichester (UK) where she led Politics and International Relations programmes. She previously held a highly competitive and prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Birmingham (UK) where she continues to hold an Honorary Research Fellow status.

Dr Nino serves as a co-Convener of the International Relations as a Social Science (IRSS) group at the British International Studies Association (BISA). She is an Editor of the Caucasus Survey and provides regular peer-review for a number of academic journals in her field.

Dr Nino has also collaborated with the Barcelona-based distance-learning Open University of Catalonia (UOC) where she has taught Conflict Prevention and Transformation at the joint UOC and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) MA programme in Conflict, Peace and Security.

Before academia, Dr Nino worked at the Refugee Programme at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in Budapest and held a post of a Diplomatic Attaché at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Dr Nino’s research continues to engage with impact, bridging the gap between academia, practitioners, and policymakers. Most recently, she was involved in the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) Programme as a lead researcher and co-convener for the Security & Access to Justice Learning Journey which involved strategic input and research to provide evidence and learning support to the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) through the cross-government security and justice network.

Dr Nino is a recipient of numerous prestigious scholarships, fellowships, and grants over the years. She did her PhD at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Political Science and International Studies. Her previous education spanned across several disciplines in several countries. She was an inaugural Oslo Peace Scholarship holder at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Australian National University (ANU) where she got an MA degree in International Relations with Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation. She was awarded OSI/FCO–Chevening/University of Edinburgh scholarship for her MSc degree in Nationalism Studies at the University of Edinburgh (UK). She also holds a BA degree in the History of Diplomacy and International Relations from Tbilisi State University in Georgia. Dr Nino also spent a calendar year at the University of Uppsala as part of the Visby Programme for PhD and Post-Doctoral Studies in Sweden and an academic year at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI) on the Yggdrasil–Young Guest and Doctoral Researchers’ Annual Scholarship for Investigation and Learning in Norway.


    •   The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of  Birmingham (UK)

    •   PhD, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham

    •   MA in International Relations specialising in Peace and Conflict Studies with Honours, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra / Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

    •   MSc in Nationalism Studies with Distinction, University of Edinburgh (UK)

    •   BA in History of Diplomacy and International Relations with Honours, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Teaching Areas

    Dr Nino is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). She has extensive teaching experience both at the undergraduate and postgraduate (master’s) levels, including online teaching and distance learning, and has supervised student dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

    Currently Dr Nino teaches Humanitarian Operations at Zayed Military University (ZMU) campus.

Research Interests

    Dr Nino’s primary research interests lie within the broader fields of peace and conflict studies and security studies, with a particular interest in ethnic conflicts, civil wars, disputed borders, de facto states, nationalism, self-determination and secession, humanitarian operations/humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping. Her geographic area of interest largely covers (but is not limited to) the Caucasus, wider Black Sea region, Russia, and Eurasia.

    Dr Nino is currently working on a manuscript with a focus on the issues of sovereignty and self-determination in International Relations and the complexities of secession and state recognition in International Law, comparing cases of violent and non-violent attempts at secession across Europe and Eurasia.

    Her previous sites of fieldwork have included Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.


    •   Nino Kemoklidze (2022) “Proportional Representation: Implications for Georgia”, K4D Helpdesk Report, Institute of Development Studies (IDS). DOI: 10.19088/K4D.2022.111

    •   Nino Kemoklidze (2022) “The Humanitarian Coordination Architecture and the Merits of the Cluster and Area-Based Approaches”, K4D Helpdesk Report, Institute of Development Studies (IDS). DOI 10.19088/K4D.2022.061

    •   Nino Kemoklidze (2022) “In the Absence of Field Missions: The OSCE’s Engagement with Georgia’s Conflicts” in IFSH (ed.) OSCE Insights, 8/2021, Baden-Baden: Nomos. [See Russian language version]. 

    •   Tamta Gelashvili, Pål Kolstø, Nino Kemoklidze & Helge Blakkisrud (2021) “Trade, Trust, and De Facto State Conflicts: Abkhazia’s International Economic Engagement”, NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, 11 Dec.   

    •   Nino Kemoklidze (2021) "Georgia: Self-Determination of Whom", New Zealand International Review, 46(4): 14–17.  

    •   Nino Kemoklidze (2021) “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities and Challenges for Georgia”, Lex Portus, 7(2): 64–105.     

    •   Tamta Gelashvili, Nino Kemoklidze & Helge Blakkisrud (2021) "Trade and trust: the role of trade in de facto conflict transformation", NUPI Policy Brief, Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs.      

    •   Helge Blakkisrud, Nino Kemoklidze, Tamta Gelashvili & Pål Kolstø (2021) "Navigating de facto statehood: trade, trust, and agency in Abkhazia’s external economic relations", Eurasian Geography and Economics, 62(3): 347-371.  

    •   Nino Kemoklidze & Stefan Wolff (2020) “Trade as a confidence-building measure in protracted conflicts: the cases of Georgia and Moldova compared”, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 61(3): 305-332.  

    •   Kemoklidze, Nino and Stefan Wolff (2019) “Trade as a Confidence-Building Measure: Lessons from Moldova to Georgia”, Written evidence from University of Birmingham (CAU0009) submitted to the Foreign Affairs committee, UK Parliament.

    •   Kemoklidze, Nino (2015) "Georgian-Abkhaz Relations in the Post-Stalinist Era", In Smith, Jeremy and Blauvelt, Timothy K. (eds.) Georgia after Stalin: Nationalism and Soviet Power, Routledge, pp. 129-145.

    •   Collier, Stephen J. and Kemoklidze, Nino (2014), "Pipes and Wires", In Thrift, Nigel. J.; Tickell, Adam; Woolgar, Steve and Rupp, William H. (eds.) Globalization in Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.69-74.

    •   Kemoklidze, Nino; Moore, Cerwyn; Smith, Jeremy and Yemelianova, Galina (eds.) (2014) Many Faces of the Caucasus. London and New York: Routledge [based on the Special Issue in Europe-Asia Studies, 2012].

    •   Kemoklidze, Nino; Moore, Cerwyn; Smith, Jeremy and Yemelianova, Galina (guest editors of the Special Issue) (2012) "Many Faces of the Caucasus", Europe-Asia Studies, 64(9): 1619-1632.

    •   Kemoklidze, Nino ([2006] 2011) "Nationalism and War: The Case of Georgia in the Early 1990s", Working Papers in Nationalism Studies, Edinburgh University. 

    •   Kemoklidze, Nino (2009) "The Kosovo Precedent and the Moral Hazard of Secession", Journal of International Law and International Relations, 5(2): 117-140, ISSN: 1712-2988.

    •   Kemoklidze, Nino (2009) "Victimisation of Female Suicide Bombers: The Case of Chechnya", Caucasian Review of International Affairs, 3(2): 181-188.

    Other Contributions:

    •   Philip Remler (Principal Drafter), et al. (Dec. 2017) OSCE Confidence Building in the Economic and Environmental Dimension: Current Opportunities and Constraints, OSCE Network for Think-Tanks and Academic Institutions, Vienna.

    •   Philip Remler (Principal Drafter), et al. (Dec. 2016) Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Area: Innovative Approaches for Co-operation in the Conflict Zones, OSCE Network for Think-Tanks and Academic Institutions, Hamburg.

Dr. Nino Kemoklidze
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