GIP Team’s Trip to Berlin Marked the Start of a Two-Year Program – “Europeanization Beyond Process”

On 23-25 April 2018, the GIP team traveled to Berlin for a networking stay, facilitated by the Institute of European Politics (IEP).  

The trip marked the start of a two-year program supported by Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE), called “Europeanization beyond Process”. Within this initiative, GIP will have an opportunity to expand contacts in the EU countries, focusing on Germany and France, improve research capacity, and develop advocacy and international visibility skills.

During the networking stay, GIP met with German experts and policy professionals. These meetings aimed at enhancing the visibility of topics related to Georgia (more…)

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GIP Presents a New Policy Paper on Challenges for Georgia’s Visa Liberalization

On 20 April Georgian Institute of Politics presented a new policy paper – “Challenges for Georgia’s Visa Liberalization: Political Context and Statistics” by GIP policy analyst – Mariam Grigalashvili and GIP affiliated analyst – Mikheil Sarjveladze. 

Policy paper analyzes the level of risk Georgia’s visa-free regime is facing and determine if the statistical data, which has been used as an argument by political groups from different EU member states to justify triggering of the suspension mechanism, is based on a fair assessment.

During her presentation, Grigalashvili addressed the situation prior to the introduction of visa-free travel regime for Georgia and problems emerging in 2018. She analyzed (more…)

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Georgia in European Discourses: Austrian Perspective

On 11 April The Georgian Institute of Politics hosted the public discussion: “Georgia in European Discourses: Austrian Perspective” at Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF). The event was made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Austria and in partnership with the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF).

Three speakers addressed Austrian foreign policy discourses and priorities and how they relate to Georgia and other Eastern Partnership countries. Guest speakers included:

  • Johann Wolfschwenger, Gem-Stones Doctoral Fellow. Phd position in international relations & EU Studies on “The European external action service’s role in framing responses to emerging security crises”.
  • H.E. Arad Benkö, Ambassador of (more…)
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GIP presents a new policy paper – “Avoiding Gridlock: a Strategy for Georgia to Engage with Eurosceptic Europe” – in the Parliament.

On 20 March 2018, The Georgian Institute of Politics, with support of the EU Integration and the Foreign Relations Committees, held the presentation of the policy paper “Avoiding Gridlock: a Strategy for Georgia to Engage with Eurosceptic Europe” in the Parliament of Georgia. The document was drafted by GIP analysts, Bidzina Lebanidze and Elene Panchulidze.

The Chairperson of the Committee on European Integration under the Parliament of Georgia, Tamar Khulordava, made opening remarks and discussed the importance of this document.  “Georgia has declared its goal – we want full-fledged integration to EU, but at the same time we understand, that it cannot be achieved in short-term. The hereby document defines our future steps (more…)

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EU project helps Georgian SMEs to profit from the DCFTA and export their products to the EU Market

An international consortium of non-governmental organizations has released the results of its two surveys conducted on civil society organizations and small and medium enterprises in all regions of Georgia. 168 civil society organizations and 559 small and medium enterprises in 61 municipalities throughout Georgia participated.

The surveys analysed the opportunities offered by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) concluded between the European Union and Georgia and identified the main challenges for Georgian small and medium enterprises and civil society organizations.

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Training for Regional Journalists and Editors

On 9-10 December 2017, the Georgian Institute of politics hosted 2-day training in Batumi for regional journalists and editors (from Western Georgia) on Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration issues. The event was made possible with the support of the US Embassy in Georgia and in partnership with the NATO Liaison office in Georgia and the Atlantic Council of Georgia.

The series of trainings (the 1st one was held for journalists and editors from Eastern Georgia on 9-10 November in Tbilisi) is part of the GIP’s new project –  “Empowering Regional Journalists for Fact-Based Reporting on Euro-Atlantic Integration”. (more…)

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Association Agreement Monitoring Group: Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia – Joint workshop

GIP has been commissioned by Open Society Foundations to organize a joint workshop for the civil society representatives from Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia engaged in montoring the implementation of select reform commitments under Association Agreements. The event took place in Odessa, Ukraine on November 27-28, 2017 in partnership with Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF), Soros Foundation-Moldova (SF-M) and the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) with the support from OSF Eurasia Program (EP) and the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI).

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Kornely Kakachia Participated in the EaP Summit Assessment Working Meeting

Kornely Kakachia attended the EaP Summit Assessment working meeting hosted by the National Library of the Parliament and organized by the Latvian Parliament and Latvian Embassy. The event was participated by the representatives of the EaP states – Georgia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine and the representatives of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Parliaments.

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GIP Round Table “Georgia’s European Perspective – The View From Rome.”

The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) hosted the public discussion – “Georgia’s European Perspective – The View From Rome.” The event was made possible with the support of the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) and in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to Georgia and the Information Center on NATO and EU.

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GIP presents its new policy paper “Georgia-China Relations: The Geopolitics of the Belt And Road”

On October 2, 2017, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) presented the policy paper Georgia-China Relations: The Geopolitics of the Belt And Road” by GIP Policy Analyst Joseph Larsen. The presentation took place at Impact Hub in Tbilisi.

The paper provides an overview of the current state of China-Georgia bilateral relations, analyzing Georgia’s specific role within the Belt and Road Initiative. As Larsen made clear during the presentation, Georgia won’t be a main actor on the Belt and Road. (more…)

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GIP Hosts Black Sea Summer University

The Georgian Institute of Politics hosted Black Sea summer school from July 20th to 26th at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. “EU and the Black Sea region: new realities and a changing geopolitical context” was the main topic of the academic program, around which various important subjects were discussed, such as: the wider Black Sea region in the global context, the European Union and geopolitics of the Black Sea, the challenges for Eastern Partnership and European integration, Georgian foreign policy, foreign policy in the Wider Black sea region, etc. (more…)

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Public lectures – “Reviewing Europeanization – State of the Art”

EU institutions, policies, and theories of integration were the main topics discussed over three days of public lectures delivered by Prof. Dr. Andrea Gawrich. Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) hosted Prof. Gawrich (Justus Liebig University Gießen) from 20-22 June 2017 within the framework of the Erasmus Plus program. (more…)

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