Viacheslav Chirikba

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Viacheslav Chirikba
8th Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 October 2011
President Alexander Ankvab
Valeri Bganba
Raul Khajimba
Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaia
Vladimir Delba
Beslan Butba
Shamil Adzynba
Artur Mikvabia
Preceded by Maxim Gvinjia
Personal details
Born 17 March 1959
Gagra
Alma mater Vasily Karazin Kharkov National University
Leiden University
Profession Linguist
Website [1]

Viacheslav Chirikba is an linguist and politician from Abkhazia. He has been the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia since 11 October 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Born on March 17, 1959; Gagra, Abkhazia.

Married, has three sons.

1966 – 1976 Abkhaz Secondary School №5, Gagra.

Academic career[edit]

1977 – 1982 Student of Foreign Languages Department, V.N.Karazin Kharkov State University.

Diploma Work “Literary Paradox in the Works of George Bernard Shaw, O. Wilde and W. Shakespeare”.

Supervisor: I.V. Gavrilchenko.

1982 – 1986 Postgraduate Student of the Institute of Linguistics, USSR Academy of Sciences.

Candidate’s Dissertation “System of Whistling and Hissing Sounds in Abkhaz-Adyghe Languages”.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. M.A. Kumakhov.

1986 – 1991 Research Fellow at the Department of Caucasian Languages of the Institute of Linguistics, USSR Academy of Sciences.

1991 – 1996 Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Descriptive and Comparative Linguistics, Leiden University, Netherlands. In 1996 he defended the doctoral thesis “Common West Caucasian. The Reconstruction of its Phonological System and Parts of its Lexicon and Morphology”. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. F.kortlandt, Dr. R. Smeets.

1996 – 1997 Invited Researcher at the Institute of International Relations “Clingendael”, The Hague, Netherlands. Research topic: “Abkhaz-Georgian Conflict”.

2000 – 2004 Postdoctoral Research Project «Grammar of Sadz Abkhaz », Lecturer of Caucasian Languages at the Institute for Descriptive and Comparative Linguistics, Leiden University, Netherlands.

Courses taught: Introduction to Caucasian Linguistics; Abkhaz Grammar; Georgian Grammar.

2005 – 2006 Lecturer of Caucasian Languages, Department of Assyriology, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands.

Course taught: Abkhaz Grammar.

2007 – Head of Political Science and Conflictology Department at D.I. Gulia Abkhaz Institute of Humanitarian Studies.

2007 – present, Lecturer at the Department of the Abkhaz Language, Abkhaz State University.

Courses taught: Introduction to the Caucasian Linguistics; Grammar of the Ubykh Language.

2010 – 2013 Lecturer at the Department of History and Theory of International Relations, Abkhaz State University.

Course taught: Abkhazia in the Modern World (Geopolitics).

Member of the Abkhazian Academy of Sciences.

Leading Research Fellow at the Department of Caucasian Languages of the Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

Head of the Department of Geopolitics at the Centre for Strategic Studies under the President of Abkhazia.

Journals and academic organisations[edit]

1989 – 1990 Editor of “Alashara” Newspaper of the Abkhaz Society “Nartaa”, Moscow.

1994 – 1995 Publisher and Co-editor of “Caucasus Review” Journal, Leiden, Netherlands.

1998 – 2001 Editor of Electronic "Abkhaz Bulletin", The Hague, Netherlands.

  • Member of European Society of Caucasus Researchers (Societas Caucasologica Europaea).
  • Member of the Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory (The Association For The Study Of Language In Prehistory).

Diplomatic and Political Career[edit]

1993 – 1994 Member of the Abkhaz Delegation at the Georgian-Abkhaz Negotiations under the UN Aegis in Geneva.

1993 – 1998 Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Abkhazia to the Countries of Western Europe.

1998 – 2007 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Abkhazia to the Countries of Western Europe.

2005 – Member of the Executive Board of Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).

2007 – 2008 Foreign Policy Adviser of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia.

2008 – Head of Delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia at the International Geneva Discussions.

On 11 October 2011, Chirikba was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs by newly elected President Alexander Ankvab.[1]

On 17 October 2014, Chirikba was one of few government members to be re-appointed following the May 2014 Revolution and subsequent election of Raul Khajimba as President.[2]

Vice Chairman of the Committee on the Implementation of the State Program of the Abkhaz Language Development.

Founder and Chairman of Humanitarian Fund “International Centre for Information and Documentation about Abkhazia”.

Main Linguistic Publications[edit]

Aspects of Phonological Typology. Moscow: Nauka, 1991, 143 p.

Common West Caucasian. The Reconstruction of its Phonological System and Parts of its Lexicon and Morphology. Leiden: CNWS Publications, 1996, 452 pp.

A Dictionary of Common Abkhaz. Leiden, 1996, 126 pp.

Abkhaz – Languages of the World/Materials 119. Muenchen: Lincom Europa, 2003, 92 pp.

Development of the Abkhaz language in the condition of a multi - ethnic society (Challenges and Prospects). Sukhum, 2009, 53 p.

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