Can the Association Agreement be Georgia’s Pathway into Europe?

Gvantsa Ichkiti*

The Georgia-European Union (EU) Association Agreement has been a major subject of discussion since being signed in 2014. The Association Agreement is a complex document that went into force in July 2016. At 752 pages long, full implementation of the agreement will take years. (more…)

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To Understand Constitutional Reform in Georgia, Look Beyond the President

Joseph Larsen*

The Georgian Dream (GD) government has made constitutional reform its highest priority since winning an overwhelming mandate in last October’s parliamentary elections. With 115 seats in a 150-seat parliament, GD has the supermajority necessary to amend Georgia’s constitution without the consent of any other party. (more…)

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Why Law Enforcement Matters for Georgia’s European Integration

Teona Surmava* 

Georgians gained the right to travel visa-free to the Schengen zone on March 28. That milestone had been a long-standing goal of Georgia’s government and society. Four years in the process, practical work toward visa liberalization started when the Visa Liberalization Action Plan (VLAP) was presented to the government in 2013.

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War in Nagorno-Karabakh: What would it mean for Georgia?

Richard Giragosian*

April 2, 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of the most serious fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh in more than two decades. Last year’s round of fighting, triggered by an offensive by Azerbaijani forces against Nagorno-Karabakh, (more…)

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What Brexit means for the EU, Russia, and Georgia

Alexander Kupatadze*

Despite some recent positive developments (i.e., visa liberalization for Georgia) the outlook for future EU-Georgia relations is grim. There is little clarity of what, if anything, will come next in terms of Georgia’s further integration with the EU. (more…)

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Elections 2017: Rocking the Dutch Boat

Jelger Groeneveld
Board Member, International Security & Defense division,
D66 liberal democratic party, Netherlands

Would the Netherlands be the first domino to fall to populism in mainland Europe’s election season? That was the main focus of international media last week, despite the fact that, in the Netherlands, elections tend to be rather dull.

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The EU Allocating Refugees to Georgia? Slow Down and Get the Facts Straight

GIP Interns:
David Rypel
Mariam Apriashvili

Is the European Union going to allocate refugees to Georgia? After reading Sunday and Monday’s news and related posts on social media, it may look that way. However, it’s not true, even if that’s the story Russian media is trying to tell.

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Why Georgia Should be Worried about Marine Le Pen

Mariam Tabatadze (Joint Master’s Program student of International Relations, University of Szeged (Hungary) and Sciences Po Lille (France).)
Joseph Larsen (GIP analyst)

While European Union member states are preoccupied with countering Russian propaganda and the related rise of domestic right-wing populist movements, Georgia is steadily working toward integration with the EU and NATO. This week, the Council of the European Union approved visa-free travel for Georgian passport holders, a measure likely to go into effect in late March.

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Can McCain and Company Overrule Trump on Russia? The View from Georgia

Joseph Larsen (GIP analyst)
Joseph Jorjoliani (GIP non-resident fellow)

Khurvaleti, Georgia, January 1, 2017: It’s a cold but clear winter day. Conditions are ideal for a photo opportunity. US Senators John McCain (R-Arizona), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) are paying a visit to the “Administrative Boundary Line” that separates South Ossetia from the rest of Georgia.

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Georgia and Germany in the Euro-Atlantic Space: Between Expectations and Reality

Mikheil Sarjveladze
PhD student
University of Cologne

The combination of an uninformed society and emotional attitudes toward European integration is a bad one, and one that can result in wild public mood swings. Based on my observations, perceptions of European integration—particularly among members of society who have not had the opportunity to live, travel, or study in the EU, or to receive much information about it, can be divided into three main strands: (more…)

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