Alumnus Joseph Alexander Smith running for election in Tbilisi, Georgia

I can thank SOAS for the fact that I’m in Georgia. When I was working as subject librarian for Middle East and Central Asia ( maternity cover, in 2010-2011 for the current subject librarian), it was there that I started to take an interest in the Caucasus region – until then I’d been an Arabic-language specialist at the British Library, but when books started arriving on my desk from the Caucasus, I realised I’d better at least familiarise myself with the basics of the region’s languages and cultures.

MSc Violence, Conflict and Development

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