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Resilience and democracy: Can a pragmatic EU still promote democracy in Georgia?

Bidzina Lebanidze

Strengthening resilience in EU neighborhood states is a cornerstone of Brussels’ new ambitious global agenda. It aims to strengthen the states and societies that make up the EU neighborhood so they can better cope with challenges and crisis and adapt to fast changing political, social and economic environment. With regard to Georgia there are a few critical issues that should be addressed properly so resilience can live up to its full potential, however.  (more…)


Who is (not) populist in Georgia? Making sense of the buzzword

Givi Silagadze[1]

Populism is undeniably a global phenomenon. It is often referred to as a threat to liberal democracy and sometimes portrayed as a means to politically mobilize hitherto nihilistic segments of society. Even though the term has been around for quite a long time, it has gained an unprecedented amount of attention in recent years. It has been suggested that in the period from the early 2000s to 2018, the number of populist leaders has (at least) doubled worldwide.[2] (more…)



Emerging Leader’s School (ELS) was opened in Batumi and Zugdidi

On February 15th, the opening ceremony of Emerging Leader’s School (ELS) took place in Batumi and Zugdidi. The initiative is being implemented within the framework of the project “Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia” by Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) with the financial support of USAID/Georgia and in partnership with CRRC Georgia. The project aims at raising youth awareness on political processes and democratization as well as developing their leadership skills and enhancing their participation and representation in public life. (more…)


10 years after the introduction of the Eastern Partnership program: GIP participated in a Round-Table organized by Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome

On 7th of February, the Director of GIP Kornely Kakachia participated in a round table dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership program. The round-table, which took place in Rome, Italy, was organized by an Italian think-tank Istituto Affari Internazionali – IAI together with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) (more…)


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