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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Georgia Can’t Avoid Europe’s Turmoil

Shota Gelovani 
Master’s student of Political Science,
Mannheim University

While Georgian observers fixate on their country’s own political and economic problems, developments outside the country are shaping up to make a major impact, as well. Most notably, these include the European migration crisis and upcoming elections in France and Germany. (more…)

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Expect Trump’s Team to Challenge Him on Russia and NATO

Joseph Larsen
GIP Analyst

President-Elect Donald Trump will enter office this month with no formal experience making foreign policy. That doesn’t necessarily mean his foreign policy will be a failure, but it does mean he’ll need a strong team to rely on. Here are the cabinet members we can expect to drive US foreign policy in the Donald Trump administration:

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The EU’s Visa Suspension Mechanism Explained

Mariam Grigalashvili,
PhD student of International Relations
Tbilisi State University
GIP Analyst 

On Dec. 7, 2016, the European Council and European Parliament reached agreement on the visa liberalization suspension mechanism, (more…)

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Trying to Find a Balance: Georgian Dream’s Gas Diplomacy

Erik Davtyan
PhD student of International Relations, Yerevan State University

Guest blogger

From 2012 to 2015, gas consumption in Georgia increased by nearly 500 million cubic meters (nearly 25%). (more…)

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Georgia’s Visa Free Dream Deferred…Again

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

December, 2016 marks a full year since the European Commission released its fourth and last progress report on Georgia’s (more…)

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Russia is Stacking Both Decks in Armenia and Azerbaijan

Joseph Larsen
GIP Analyst

The South Caucasus countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in conflict since 1988 (more…)

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