Dr Alexander Kupadatze, GLF 2012-14


“It’s a great honour to be a part of Global Leaders Program and I am really looking forward to interacting with the academic staff and graduate community of the two leading Universities worldwide. The intellectually rich and vibrant environment in Oxford and Princeton would be an ideal place to gain further experience, share my ideas with others, and develop networks. I intend to study the relationship between political transitions, such as regime change and democratisation, and criminal opportunity structures, such as corruption and organized crime. Ultimately I aim to better understand the circumstances under which corruption declines in developing countries."

Alexander Kupatadze is a scholar with numerous years of experience in studying organized crime and corruption issues in post-Soviet Eurasia. He obtained his PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, UK (2010) and has held teaching and research positions at the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia, OSCE academy of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University, USA. His first book Organized Crime, Political Transitions and State Formation in post-Soviet Eurasia was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.


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Organized Crime, Political Transitions and State Formation in post-Soviet Eurasia, on production stage with Palgrave Macmillan, under its Transnational Crime, Crime Control and Security series, publication date: 6 January 2012.


Book chapters and Monographs

Looking through the Party Lenses, a Comparative Study of Georgian Political Parties’ Views on Foreign and National Security Policies, supported by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Georgia (AIR, 2010, as co-author)

Political-criminal-business nexus and state capture in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan: comparative analysis in J. Shapland, and P. Ponsaers, eds., The informal economy and connections with organised crime: the impact of national social and economic policies. (Amsterdam: Boom Publishers, 2009)

Criminal networks in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan and young male sportsmen M. Demet Ulusoy eads., Political Violence, Organized Crimes, Terrorism and Youth, (IOS press, 2008)

Political malfeasance and separatist conflicts: how corruption encourages violence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in M. Cox eds., State of Corruption, State of Chaos: The Terror of Political Malfeasance (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008)  

Organized Crime and Separatism in Louise I. Shelley et al., Organized Crime and Corruption in Georgia (Routledge, 2007, as co-author)

Policing and Police Reform in Georgia in Louise I. Shelley et al., Organized Crime and Corruption in Georgia, (Routledge, 2007, as co-author)

Smuggling Through Abkhazia and South Ossetia, (TraCCC, 2003, as co-author).


Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Explaining Georgia’s anti-corruption drive in European Security, 2011 (forthcoming)

Organized Crime and The Trafficking of Radiological Materials: The Case of Georgia in Nonproliferation Review, 17:2, 2010

Organized Crime before and after Tulip Revolution: changing dynamics of upperworld-underworld networks in Central Asian Survey, 27:3, 2008

Radiological smuggling and uncontrolled territories: the case of Georgia in Global Crime, 8:1, February 2007

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Accounting for diverging paths in most similar cases: corruption in Baltics and Caucasus
Dr Alexander Kupadatze, GLF 2012-14
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