Bursting the Bubble

Nino Japarashvili

Nino Japarashvili

About Nino

Nino Japarashvili is an EU/College of Europe (CoE) European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Scholar from Georgia and a postgraduate student of the advanced MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy studies, from the CoE, Brugge campus, Belgium.


In frames of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) scholarship, she has also completed MA in European Public Affairs at Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands. Nino has also obtained BA in European Studies from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.


As the OSF scholar, Nino has passed traineeships at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Carnegie-Europe, in Brussels; for a very brief period of time, she has also worked at the European Parliament.

Nino’s research is focused on EU’s external action, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Eastern Partnership (EaP), South Caucasus, Russia, Turkey and Iran. Her research topics include security, democracy, human rights, rule of law, Europeanization, energy and trade affairs.

Nino speaks native Georgian, fluent English, intermediate French and Russian, and basic Dutch.


Articles by Nino:

Post-Coup Turkey and Its Implications for South Caucasus

9 September 2016

After several years of European attempt to locate the three South Caucasian countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, within a common framework, policies of these neighbouring states have become more distant to each other. Currently, the strategic region on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, finds itself in a situation where Official Tbilisi, […]

Riga summit and the uncertain future of the Eastern Partnership (EaP)

8 June 2015

The 4th Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit, which took place on 21 and 22 May in Riga, Latvia, did not significantly contribute to any major political decision which was on the agenda. The European Commission and Ukraine signed a memorandum of understanding and a loan agreement for 1.8 billion Euros in the third EU Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme. But neither Georgia, […]

NATO’s Southern Dilemma: Contesting Security Interests of the Regional Powers in the Middle East

19 November 2014

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) finds itself between two fronts. To the East, Russia, by annexing Crimea, a Ukrainian territory, has violated the post-WW international order which has secured the decades’ long peace in Europe. To the South, the rise of extremism in the Middle East has created one of the most challenging threats […]

NATO’s Eastern Security Threats and the Need to Go Back to Basics

25 September 2014

Occupation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine was supposed to be a turning point in NATO’s relations with Russia. The Wales summit, in this regards, was expected to reform policies towards the country. However, the expectations did not come true due to the fact that the member states focused more on building an international coalition […]

The EU-Turkey Customs Union in the light of TTIP and beyond the economic relations

15 May 2014

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), presently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), has raised economic concerns for Turkey. This EU candidate country enjoys preferential access to the European market due to the Customs Union (CU) agreed in 1995. However, under the existing terms, countries that sign a […]

Ukraine Gets a Taste of Putin’s Russia

20 March 2014

The election of the pro-Russian President Yanukovych came at a high price to Ukraine. Soon after he came to power, Yanukovych rejected the country’s aspirations to join NATO by submitting the law describing Ukraine as a militarily non-aligned country, declining any ambition to join the North Atlantic alliance. The same year, the Ukrainian parliament, the […]