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Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand

Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Georgian Mission to the EU


D.Phil, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University, UK (2000-05).
Politics and International Relations. Dulverton scholar.

MSc in International Relations, distinction, London, School of Economics and Political Science, UK (1998-99). 
OSI/Chevening scholar.

BA, magna cum laude, Mt. Holyoke College, USA (1995-97).
Major: International Relations, Minor: Spanish.
Ruth Lawson fellow.

Exchange student, Swarthmore College, USA (1994-95).
Major: Political Science.
American Collegiate Consortium scholar.


Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Gran

Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Georgian Mission to the EU  (2013-present).

Head of Section, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (2011-2013). OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, The Hague, Netherlands.

Head of Section, Central and South Eastern Europe (2010-11). OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, The Hague, Netherlands.

Senior Political Adviser (2005-10). OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, The Hague, Netherlands.

Russian Editor (2004-05), BBC World Service (Monitoring), Reading, UK.

Political Officer (1999-00). US Embassy, Pol/Econ Section, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

Globalisation and Nationalism: The Cases of Georgia and the Basque Country, Budapest: CEU Press, 2009.

National Minorities in Inter-State Relations, co-edited with Francesco Palermo, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2010.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Georgia’s European Dilemma” in Georgia: From Autocracy to Democracy, Stephen Jones and Neil MacFarlane (ed.), (Toronto: Toronto University Press).

“Sovereignty and Self-determination: Where are we?” with Neil MacFarlane, International Journal, December 2013, 68:4, p. 609-627.

“Georgia’s Ethnic Diversity: Challenge to State-Building” in The Search for Stability: Twenty Years of Georgian Independence, Stephen Jones (ed), (London: Routledge, 2013).

“Constraints and Challenges in the Protection of National Minorities” in Human Rights: Pre-Conflict, In Conflict and Post-Conflict, Bas de Gaay Fortman (ed), (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2012).

“States, Minorities and Regional Hegemons in the South Caucasus: Whose Responsibility to Protect?” in National Minorities in Inter-State Relations, Francesco Palermo and Natalie Sabanadze (eds), (Leiden: Martinus Nijhof, 2010).

Recent Op-eds

Rethinking Eastern Partnership, EU Observer (June 26, 2020)

Georgia Remembers its April 9, Euractive (April 9, 2019)

Echoes of Annexation, Politico (August 7, 2015)

What’s At Stake in Riga?, Radio Free Europe (May 12, 2015)

Russian Annexation Moves Put European Security at Risk, New Eastern Europe (April 8, 2015)


Georgian (mother tongue), Russian, English (fluent). 

French and Spanish (advanced).