Maia Otarashvili is a Research Fellow and Deouty Director of the Eurasia Program. She holds an M.A. in Globalization, Development and Transition from the University of Westminster in London, with emphasis on post-authoritarian transitions. She is co-editor of FPRI’s 2017 volume Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support. She is also the lead editor of FPRI’s forthcoming E-Guide on Democratization. Her research interests include geopolitics of the Black Sea-Caucasus region, democratization and authoritarian backsliding in the post-Communist CEEE countries, EU’s eastern enlargement policies, and Russia’s interests its near abroad. Her current work examines the post-Soviet frozen conflicts of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria.