GIP held discussions in Georgian regions about Democratization and Europeanization challenges in Georgia

On 19-28 June, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) held discussions in Georgian regions about Democratization and Europeanization challenges in Georgia. Telavi, Batumi, Kutaisi and Gori Centers for Civic Engagement hosted GIP director – Kornely Kakachia and policy analysts – Levan Kakhishvili, Elene Panchulidze and Mariam Grigalashvili, who met with regional stakeholders – local leaders, academics, university students and journalists – to discuss the state of democracy in Georgia.

Discussions aimed to explore, how people in the regions perceive the links between democratization and Europeanization: (more…)


GIP hold training for young journalists and journalism students

On 7 May 2018, the Georgian Institute of Politics hold training in Tbilisi for young journalists and journalism students on Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration issues. Training topics included: NATO & EU – Past, Present, and Future; Current state of Georgia’s integrations in NATO, challenges and prospects.

The training is part of the GIP’s project –  “Empowering Regional Journalists for Fact-Based Reporting on Euro-Atlantic Integration”. The Project, financially supported by the US Embassy in Georgia, aims to empower journalists in Georgia’s regions and minority-populated areas, through training, re-granting and study trip, (more…)


Book Presentation – “Geopolitics and Security: A New Strategy for the South Caucasus” – in Berlin

Kornely Kakachia, the GIP director, participated in the book presentation – “Geopolitics and Security: A New Strategy for the South Caucasus” – hosted by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) on May 17, 2018 in Berlin,Germany. 

The South Caucasus is a region at the nexus of economic, political, and energy interests between Russia, the EU, Turkey, Iran and China. It features weak states, as well as direct and proxy wars. The protracted separatist conflicts pose a key security challenge also involving external players such as Russia and Turkey. The EU tries to stabilize and transform the region with its Eastern Partnership policy. (more…)


GIP Organized a Study Trip to Brussels for Georgian Regional Journalists

On 15-16 May 2018, The Georgian Institute of Politics, in the framework of the project – “Empowering Regional Journalists for Fact-Based Reporting on Euro-Atlantic Integration” – organized a study visit to Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, for regional journalists in Georgia.

Participants of the study trip are representatives of regional media agencies: Jaba Ananidze (Batumelebi), Nato Gogelia (Gurianews), and Ekaterina Nozadze (Borjomi TV), who took part in the trainings and competition (organized by GIP) for regional journalists and won by producing and publishing the best analysis of NATO and EU-related issues. 

During the two days of the visit, the participants had up to ten meetings (more…)


EaP CSF Working Groups 2 & 5 Meets in Brussels

GIP policy analyst, Mariam Grigalashvili, participated in the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Working Groups 2 and 5 meetings held in Brussels on May 15-16, 2018.

Meetings of these working groups, consisting of 6 sub-groups (youth unemployment, activities of SEMs, AA implementation monitoring, business climate and etc.), mainly focused on discussing economic issues and the implementation processes of the association agreement. 

During these meetings, it was announced to develop a group of experts within the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Platform, aiming to help EaP CSP gain more contacts and partners in the EU and EaP countries, through various projects. 



GIP Hosted International Conference – “Democratization and Europeanization Agenda During Uncertain times: Georgia in Focus” #GEODEM2018

While Georgia has made an impressive progress on Europeanization agenda, its capacity to consolidate democracy is still uncertain. To discuss the prospects and challenges of Georgia’s democratization and Europeanization, on 2 May, 2018, the Georgian Institute of Politics with support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) hosted the international conference, “Democratization and Europeanization Agenda During Uncertain Times: Georgia in Focus”. The conference included three panels: domestic drivers of democratization and Europeanization; Georgia’s immediate neighborhood; and influence of Western conditionality.



GIP joins EU-LISTCO kick-off conference in Berlin

The GIP director, Kornely Kakachia and senior analyst, Bidzina Lebanidze participated at the kick-off conference held in Berlin on April 25-27 at premises of Free University of Berlin. 

Funded by Horizon 2020, a 3-year project – “Europe’s External Action and the Dual Challenges of Limited Statehood and Contested Orders” (EU-LISTCO) – is the EU framework programme for research and innovation and is implemented by the international research consortium, consisting of 14 academic facilities and think tanks across the EU and its neighborhoods. Together with other partners from Israel, Germany and Norway, the GIP assumes a leading role in exploring the impact of global and diffuse threats (more…)


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…)


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…)


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…)

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…)


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.