The ISET Policy Institute has once again demonstrated its relevance and focus on the regional economic research with the publication of a research paper in the 117th issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest (CAD), a bimonthly online magazine. The Institute’s article, 'International Diversification of Agricultural Trade of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia', was written by Phatima Mamardashvili, Salome Gelashvili, Ia Katsia, and Salome Deisadze and examined the agricultural trade relations of the three South Caucasus countries from 2002-2018. The research analysed the differing economic results from the three countries' individual foreign trade policies, particularly with regards to the varying levels of cooperation between the South Caucasus nations and Russia and the European Union.

ISET has broadened its international connections by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Clermont-Auvergne University, a leading public university in central France. The MOU will allow ISET students and faculty to visit and study in France, and – most exciting of all – includes a clause that provides for the future development of dual degrees to be granted from both universities. The broader cooperation between parties will also cover exchanges of researchers, development of research programs, participation in conferences, workshops and seminars.

The agreement was signed after a more lengthy process than expected due to the travel complications caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis; senior Clermont-Auvergne faculty were scheduled to visit ISET in May, only for their trip to be cancelled.

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