Giorgi Gvalia is the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and professor of Politics and International Relations at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. From 2013-2021 he served as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Ilia State University. His academic interests include theories of international relations, small states in international relations, Europeanization in the Post-Soviet Space, and Post-Soviet politics and international relations. His publications have appeared in Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis and East European Politics. His current research is focused on the EU Democracy Promotion, Foreign Policy of Georgia and Security Challenges in the Wider Black Sea Region. Alongside academic positions, Giorgi Gvalia has worked at several state and non-state institutions as well, including the Georgian Association for Public Opinion Research (President), the National Security Council of Georgia (Senior Adviser) and the Georgian Foundations for Strategic and International Studies (Researcher).