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Georgia-China Relations: the Geopolitics of the Belt And Road

Joseph Larsen

China has shown a growing interest in Georgia. Cooperation is largely confined to the economic sphere. However, a stronger Chinese presence in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative could have major geopolitical significance.

This paper analyzes the current state of bilateral relations while asking a key question: Does involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative have the potential to improve Georgia’s national security situation?



German Elections 2017: Continuity at the Top, a Looming Disaster from Below

Silvia Stöber

“Boring” is a word often used to describe the ongoing election campaign in Germany. The campaign will conclude on September 24 when the citizens elect new members to the Bundestag. A new government will be formed according to the results.          

At first glance, not much exciting has happened in recent weeks. The two main contestants – the Christian Democrat Angela Merkel and the Social Democrat Martin Schulz – fought a duel on live television (more…)



Workshop of OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions

On 10 October 2017, the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions organized a workshop in Vienna /Austria that discussed the option of OSCE economic and environmental confidence-building measures. Project leader is Prof. Stefan Wolff from the University of Birmingham, key drafter Ambassador Philipp Remler (US).

GIP was represented in Vienna discussion by Kornely Kakachia and Bidzina Lebanidze, who drafted joint policy paper related to impact of Russia West confrontation on Georgian conflicts.



GIP presents its new policy paper “Georgia-China Relations: The Geopolitics of the Belt And Road”

On October 2, 2017, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) presented the policy paper Georgia-China Relations: The Geopolitics of the Belt And Road” by GIP Policy Analyst Joseph Larsen. The presentation took place at Impact Hub in Tbilisi.

The paper provides an overview of the current state of China-Georgia bilateral relations, analyzing Georgia’s specific role within the Belt and Road Initiative. As Larsen made clear during the presentation, Georgia won’t be a main actor on the Belt and Road. (more…)


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