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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Moldovan Recipe to Win the Elections: Go Domestic

Renata Skardžiūtė -Kereselidze
GIP Analyst

This week two Black Sea countries, Moldova and Bulgaria, elected openly pro-Russian presidential candidates. The outcomes have broad implications. (more…)

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Mr. Trump Goes to Tbilisi

A US Ally Deals with Uncertainty

Joseph Larsen
GIP Analyst

In two months, Donald Trump will be president of the United States. There are plenty of reasons to be concerned. (more…)

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Single Party Rule Returns to Georgia

Joseph Larsen and Bidzina Lebanidze
GIP Analysts

Single party rule is returning to Georgia. The ruling Georgian Dream party won 48 of 50 runoff elections for majoritarian electoral districts on October 30. (more…)

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Ukraine and Georgia: How Much of a Common Faith?

Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk
Director of the Center for International Studies at the Odessa I. Mechnikov National University

For a number of years now Ukraine and Georgia have often been cited together as a certain tandem of countries that share their aspirations, challenges and perspectives. (more…)

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European Defense Union (EDU) and Eastern Neighborhood

Nana Gurgenidze and Ioseb ‘Joseph’ Jorjoliani
GIP Young Experts Network

The geopolitical situation of the European Union (EU) has changed dramatically in the past months. After the British exit from the union, it became apparent that substantial changes have to be made within the organization. (more…)

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Georgian Dream in Shambles

Jelger Groeneveld

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

Western partners abandon Georgia and contribute to frustration and lack of prospects for Georgian rapprochement. Russian revisionism gets window of opportunity. After the first democratic change of power in Georgia in 2012, the country continued its Western course and democratic transition which was initiated by ex-president Saakashvili with the Rose Revolution in 2003. The forthcoming parliamentary elections on October 8, may usher a turning point. (more…)

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Consequences of Brexit on Eastern European Partnership and EU Enlargement Policy

Ioseb ‘Joseph’ Jorjoliani
GIP Young Experts Network

Global community witnessed a historic event on June 23rd as the United Kingdom held a referendum on whether to leave or remain in the European Union. As the results indicate a slight majority (51.8%) of UK populace chose to leave the EU.

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The EU’s reluctance subverts its own values

Elene Melikishvili
Ph.d candidate at Department of War Studies
King’s College London

A few weeks ago I went to a talk by a senior NATO official who emphasized the significance and pre-eminence of the values that the Atlantic organization aims to jointly defend with the European Union. (more…)

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