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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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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