The 1st video within the framework of the project – “Georgia’s Integration to NATO: 10 Years Since Bucharest Summit” #GEOTAN

The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) published the 1st video within the framework of the project – “Georgia’s Integration to NATO: 10 Years Since Bucharest Summit” #GEOTAN – which aims at raising awareness about the achievements of Georgia’s integration process with the NATO during the past 10 years, with the financial support of the NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division (PDD).

Video has Armenian, Azerbaijani and English (more…)

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GIP Director participated in the seminar – “10 years of EUMM in Georgia”

On 30 October GIP Director – Kornely Kakachia – participated in the seminar – “10 years of EUMM in Georgia” – organized by the European Union Monitoring Mission. The seminar brought together experts from the region, as well as from the US, with additional analytical support from EUMM officials.

During his presentation Dr. Kakachia offered his assessment of regional geopolitical trends, addressing problem of Borderization and conflict resolution in Georgia, as well as, emphasized an important role EUMM’s played during last decade to maintain peace and stability in Georgia. (more…)

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New GIP article on Georgia’s presidential election published by ZOiS

Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)  published a new article – “The certainty of uncertainty: Georgia’s presidential election” by the GIP Director   – Kornely Kakachia.

“Georgian citizens are set to elect their country’s fifth president on 28 October. So far, this election has been about breaking norms: the incumbent, Giorgi Margvelashvili, has refused to stand for re-election, and the resulting toss-up is shaping up to be the most contentious and unpredictable vote the country has faced since restoring its independence in 1991.

The president wields limited direct influence in Georgia, (more…)

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GIP participates in the roundtable discussion on Georgia’s Europeanisation at Clingendael

On October 22, GIP Director, Kornely Kakachia and GIP Deputy Director – Renata Skardžiūtė-Kereselidze, were invited to speak at the roundtable discussion – “Prospects and Challenges for the Europeanisation of Georgia” by Clingendael Institute in the Hague, Netherlands.

With the launch of the visa-free regime between the EU and Georgia in March 2017, Georgian former Prime Minister Kvirikashvili declared, “Georgia is returning to the European family”. (more…)

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“Georgia’s Integration to NATO: 10 Years Since Bucharest Summit” – GIP’s new project supported by the NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division

The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP), with the financial support of the NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division (PDD), is implementing a new project – “Georgia’s Integration to NATO: 10 Years Since Bucharest Summit” – which aims at raising awareness through producing 4 promotional videos about the achievements of Georgia’s integration process with the NATO during the past 10 years.  

The project team is researching Georgia-NATO cooperation gathering information from stakeholders such as Ministry of Defense of Georgia, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, and NATO Liaison Office, (more…)

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GIP co-organizes event in Berlin – “The Eastern Partnership – A Reality Check and the Way Forward”

The Georgian Institute of Politics, the Institut für Europäische Politik, the George C. Marshall Center and the Aspen Institute Germany are jointly organizing a public event on the topic “The Eastern Partnership – A Reality Check and the Way Forward” on September 25, 2018 in Berlin

Members of Parliament and representatives from civil society organizations from Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Germany and the U.S. will discuss the current state of affairs regarding the Euro-Atlantic integration process of the respective countries and will share their views on the future of the Eastern Partnership. (more…)

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New article on NATO-Georgia Relations by Bidzina Lebanidze

The Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) published a new commentary on NATO-Georgia relations – “NATO and Georgia: Waiting the Winter Out” – by the GIP senior policy analyst – Bidzina Lebanidze.

“NATO’s strategy towards Georgia after the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict has been following two key objectives: to intensify relations with Georgia to keep the country on the reform track but to prevent it from joining the alliance in order not to irritate Russia. These somewhat contradictory goals are perhaps the result of complex bargaining between supporters and opponents of NATO’s further enlargement, (more…)

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New article on elite perceptions and Georgia’s foreign policy towards Russia

Europe-Asia Studies published a new article – “Change and Continuity in the Foreign Policies of Small States: Elite Perceptions and Georgia’s Foreign Policy Towards Russia” by the GIP researchers  – Kornely Kakachia, Salome Minesashvili and Levan Kakhishvili
“The 2012 parliamentary elections witnessed Georgia’s first peaceful post-independence transfer of power. Under Bidzina Ivanishvili, the government formed by the Georgian Dream Coalition significantly softened the harsh anti-Russia rhetoric of Saakashvili’s ‘National Movement’, launching a policy aimed at normalising relations with Russia. (more…)
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Call for Applications #GEOEUvalues

Polis180 (Berlin), the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP, Tbilisi) and Argo (Paris) are pleased to announce a call for applications for participation in the German-Georgian-French workshop & conference

Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Georgian, German and French Perspectives on European Values and Euro-Atlantic Integration #GEOEUvalues

taking place in Tbilisi from 17-20 September.

#GEOEUvalues aims at discussing European values and ways of better anchoring them in the Georgian and the EU’s societies. What are the main challenges to European values in states with EU ambitions, such as Georgia, as well as within the EU? (more…)

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The results of grant competition for the DCFTA awareness campaign are announced

On July 6, 2018 the members of the consortium of the European Union supported project “Georgia on the European Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation” have approved 53 project proposals from regional civil society organizations. The grant call is aimed at supporting Georgian civil society organizations’ role in raising public awareness, understanding and support for the implementation of the DCFTA. Among selected projects 24 are dedicated to the awareness raising about DCFTA among Georgian public, while another 29 proposals targeted awareness raising about DCFTA among regional small and medium enterprises and public servants. (more…)

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2nd CALL FOR PROPOSALS | For civil society organizations in Kakheti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Regions to submit proposals for the TOPIC I & For civil society organizations in Adjara A.R. for the TOPICS I & II

Implementers[1] of the European Union supported project “Georgia on European Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation” calls for 2nd round of project proposals from Georgian civil society organizations in Kakheti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Regions and Adjara A.R.

The project aims to increase and support Georgian civil society organizations’ role in raising public awareness, (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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. 

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