Dr Denis Dvornikov spoke on the current political situation in the South Caucasus region, focussing on the new challenges linked with geopolitical integration projects such as the Eurasian Economic Union and the Iran factor as well as the situation with the region’s non-recognised states (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh). He will also address recent events in Russia – Georgia dialogue and perspectives for economic development.

Speaker:Dr Denis Dvornikov

Since 2000, Dr Dvornikov has worked as an expert and project manager at the Russian State Duma (Parliament) Deputy Association “European Club”; a cross-fractional association working to develop Russia’s links with Europe. In 2008 he founded the NGO “For Transparency of Justice” and has represented this organisation in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation upon the invitation of former President, Dmitri Medvedev. In addition, Dr Dvornikov is also employed as a speech writer to the Moscow Regional Administration. He is the author of many published articles on social, international and political topics. In 2010 Dr Dvornikov was a Fellow of the Chevening Program “Democracy, the Rule of Law and Security” at the University of Birmingham.

Recorded: Thursday 27 November 2014.

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