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From Delegating the Coercion to Non-State Actors to the Idea of “Sovereign Democracy”

Teona Zurabashvili 

The legal condition of the peaceful assembly of citizens has been paradoxical in Georgia since 2013. Specifically, the right of peaceful assembly of the various political or social groups is not enforced by the state itself through the usage of legitimate power ( 2020); however, peaceful assemblies are often canceled by the organizers or find themselves significantly limited in time and space due to the obvious danger coming from counter-demonstrations that have been organized to take place simultaneously ( 2013a, 2013b, Radio Liberty 2018, Radio Liberty 2019a, Radio Liberty 2019b, 2019a, 2019a, 2020, 2021a). (more…)


Geopolitical Reshuffling in the South Caucasus in the Aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War and the EU’s Policy Options

Hasmik Khachatryan

The EU has strived to strengthen the sovereignty and independence of the South Caucasus states, to bring the neighbours closer to the EU. To this end, the EU has undertaken a series of effective measures since the 1990s, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of a new balance of power in the region. Meanwhile, the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war has brought major geopolitical reshuffling to the South Caucasus. The EU’s power, in fact, has been downgraded in strategic terms and its long-term efforts to promote peace and stability in the region have been nullified. Against the backdrop of the new geostrategic reality in the South Caucasus, the EU strives to regain its position of power. (more…)



Side Event of the EaP CSF Annual Assembly

On December 1, 2021, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP), together with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) and Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER), hosted the conference “Analysing the Role of CSOs in DCFTA Implementation in the Trio States – Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine”.

The event was moderated by Prof. Dr. Michael EMERSON, a Senior Research Fellow and Project Leader of, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

The conference aimed to present the essential findings and recommendations of the joint report developed by Georgian, Moldovan, and Ukrainian researchers about the role of civil society organizations in the implementation of the DCFTAs in the Associated Trio. (more…)


De-radicalization and Integration Legal & Policy Framework in Georgia

Shota Kakabadze and Bidzina Lebanidze

Originally published by D.Rad

The country report produced for the D.Rad, analyzes legal and policy frameworks for deradicalization and integration in Georgia. It unpacks the existing laws and policies, addresses radicalization issues, identifies major gaps and flaws, and provides policy-relevant recommendations on how to improve legal and policy frameworks. After providing a brief contextual and historical overview of radicalization and deradicalization policies and practices in Georgia, the report focuses on two particular case studies of attempted deradicalization by the Georgian state authorities: the government’s policy response to Islamist radicalization in the Pankisi Gorge and radicalization motivated by Orthodox Christian fundamentalists.  (more…)


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