GEORGIA AND THE GEOPOLITICS OF ORTHODOXY
Malkhaz Matsaberidze, D.Sc. (Political Science), Professor at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia)
The period after the Cold War is marked by an upswing in geopolitical research. In this respect, researchers are particularly singling out the post-Soviet space, especially Russia, where geopolitics is enjoying immense popularity not only among scientists, but also among politicians.
New approaches and vectors have appeared in geopolitical research, which, although they do not fit into the framework of traditional geopolitics, significantly enhance the opportunity to engage in the global and spatial research of politics. One such vector is the geopolitics of religion which, in turn, is closely related to civilizational geopolitics, since religion is one of the most important components of civilization.
The main idea of the geopolitics of religion is taking into account and using the religious factor during the formation of political unions and blocs, and ultimately gaining or retaining control over a particular space. If we keep in mind the specifics of the Caucasian region, where several world religions come in direct contact with each other, the importance of the geopolitics of religion will become entirely obvious.
Relevancy of the Geopolitics of Orthodoxy
In the general geopolitics of religion, the geopolitics of Orthodoxy is particularly important for Georgia, since it helps the country to…………..