Maia Otarashvili is a Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Eurasia Program. She is co-editor of FPRI’s 2017 volume Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support. Her research interests include geopolitics of the Black Sea-Caucasus region, democratization and authoritarian backsliding in the post-Soviet space, and Russian foreign policy. Her current work examines the post-Soviet frozen conflicts of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria. Maia is a PhD candidate at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London. She holds an M.A. in Globalization, Development and Transition from the University of Westminster in London, with emphasis on post-authoritarian transitions.