RESEARCH AND FIELDS OF EXPERTISE
Dr. Kupatadze's research interests lie at the intersection of political science and international relations, criminology and history.
His current research focuses on:
- the impact of political transitions on criminal opportunity structures;
- developing framework for analyzing illicit practices (corruption and organized crime) as states’ foreign policy tools;
- studying the circumstances under which corruption declines.
Recently completed projects:
- Archival research in Georgia on organized crime in Tsarist period (1905-1917) and immediate aftermath of Soviet occupation (1921-1930);
- 'Analysis of Organized Crime', research report for the Government of Kyrgyzstan (January-April 2012)
- Crime groups in Odessa region, Ukraine (Summer 2010)
- Trafficking of radioactive materials through Caucasus (2005-8)
- Police reform in Georgia (2004-5)
- Transnational smuggling from and through Transdniester region, Moldova (2004)
- Border security, contraband and drug trafficking through Georgia (2003-5)