New AtlanticistOct 27, 2020
Georgia’s parliamentary elections are surrounded by uncertainty
By Nino Ghvinadze and Laura Linderman
Amidst a global pandemic and the sudden escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan, Georgia is holding its first parliamentary elections since hard-fought electoral reforms were approved in June 2020 and several dramatic developments have increased uncertainty about the outcome.
Ms. Nino Ghvinadze is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Since September 2019, Ms. Ghvinadze has been the education services coordinator at Splunk Inc., a multinational corporation that produces software for analyzing machine-generated big data. She also serves as a migration data consultant for the government of Georgia with the Public Service Development Agency (PSDA), as well as for the International Organization for Migration, which is affiliated with the UN system as a related organization. From 2016 to 2019, she worked as a data analyst for those two organizations. In this role, Ms. Ghvinadze collected and analyzed migration-related data, and helped develop the Unified Migration Analytical System for the PSDA.
Prior to this, she worked as a researcher at the Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she led the development of and co-authored the 2016-2020 Migration Strategy of Georgia. From 2013 to 2014, she was the leading analyst at the Economic Policy Research Centre, where she was responsible for strategic planning and organizational development, and also served as author and editor of the new periodical Georgia and the Neighbors. Ms. Ghvinadze earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs at Tbilisi State University in 2008, and in 2013 earned a master’s degree in international security and commerce from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and Commerce at the University of Kentucky.