Nicholas Chkhaidze is a Research Fellow at the Topchubashov Center, a think-tank based in Baku. He is focused on Russia, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, and Russian Private Military Companies. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in International Relations with honors from the International Black Sea University. Previously, he has worked as a research assistant to Dr. Taras Kuzio at the Henry Jackson Society's "Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre" and at the Public Diplomacy Division of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia. He is an alumnus of "The Fund for American Studies" 2021 Program.