Georgia’s European Integration:What Comes After The Eastern Partnership?

Bidzina Lebanidze This policy brief explores future avenues for EU-Georgia relations going beyond the Eastern Partnership (EaP) but short of full EU membership. Enlargement fatigue coupled with economic and migration crises and the resultant rise of far-right groups puts additional pressure on the E...
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Visa Liberalization for Georgia: What’s Next?

Giorgi Vardishvili, Elene Panchulidze On March 28, 2017 the visa-free regime for Georgian citizens to the Schengen Area officially entered into force. This was another historic decision on the road to Georgia’s homecoming, its final integration in the European family. The visa regime liberalizatio...
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Visa-free Travel to the EU: Prospects for a European Choice and Democratization by the Occupied Territories of Georgia

Ann Tsurtsumia-Zurabashvili Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellow, Dublin City University. In December 2015, the European Commission acknowledged the fulfilment of Georgia’s Visa Liberalization Action Plan (VLAP) benchmarks1, a step that brought Georgian passport holders a step closer to the realis...
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Democracy Under Stress: Western Fatigue, Russian Resurgence, And Their Implications For Democratic Processes In Georgia

Bidzina Lebanidze GIP Research Fellow Although anti-Russian sentiments are still dominant among Georgians, Russia’s rising popularity shows that the danger of Tbilisi abandoning its pro-Western foreign policy, along with its democratic reforms, is real. What can be done to avoid such a scenario ...
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Can The Georgian Orthodox Church Contribute To The Democratization Process?

Salome Minesashvili GIP Research Fellow This policy paper analyses the attitudes, values and behavior of the Georgian Orthodox Church (GOC) in the context of democratization and explores potential ways to engage the GOC in the reform process, as well as include it in public and political debates....
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Contextual analysis of Russia-Georgia relations – possible threats and challenges of the “normalization” process

Kornely Kakachia Levan Kakhishvili Salome Minesashvili This article explores current Georgia’s rapprochement with Russia known as the “normalization” process and analyzes political risks of the existing Georgian economic strategy against the increasing role of the Russian market....
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