Press Release: Upcoming seminar in Marneuli for young journalists and students: DCFTA implementation in Georgia

On April 16, 2019 The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) will conduct a seminar for young journalists and students in Marneuli, who are interested in Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) implementation in Georgia. The one-day seminar aims to raise awareness about DCFTA benefits as well as main challenges for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). 

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Press Release: Training in Tbilisi for journalists, editors and NGO representatives working in the eastern part of Georgia

On February 25-26, 2019 the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) organizes training in Tbilisi for journalists, editors and NGO representatives working in the eastern part of Georgia who are interested in EU-Georgia relations. Training is a part of the GIP project “Experience-Sharing of V4 Countries to Promote Media Professionalism in reporting Georgia’s European integration” funded by International Visegrad Foundation. (more…)

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“Germany’s Role in Georgia’s European Future: How to align expectations?” – GIP & IEP joint public event in Berlin

On February 8 the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) and the Institute for European Politics (IEP) jointly organised a public event on “Germany’s Role in Georgia’s European Future: How to align expectations?” in Berlin, Germany. 

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GIP and NUPI start a new project: “Competency through Cooperation: Advancing knowledge on Georgia’s strategic path” (GEOPATH)

The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) is happy to announce the beginning of GEOPATH, a four-year collaboration project with Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), funded by the Research Council of Norway.

GEOPATH revolves around a research project that will produce cutting-edge, well-informed research on the crucial question of Georgia’s future strategic path.  In a climate increasingly defined by rapidly deteriorating Russia-West relations, the project will study how key actors – Georgia, the breakaway Abkhazia, the EU and Russia (more…)

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GIP organized a meeting between Thomas Buchsbaum and representatives from Georgian think-tanks, NGOs and academia

On December 11, 2018 Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) hosted a closed meeting of representatives from Georgian think-tanks, NGOs and academia with the Austrian Special Envoy on Eastern Partnership, Ambassador H.E. Thomas BuchsbaumThe event aimed at discussing Eastern Partnership initiative, as well as, Georgia’s Democratisation and Europeanisation processes, its opportunities and challenges.

The meeting, initiated by Embassy of the Republic of Austria to Georgia, was held at Information Center on NATO and EU.

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A memorandum of mutual cooperation was signed between GIP and TSU

On December 5 the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) and Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) signed a memorandum of mutual cooperation. The signing ceremony was held at TSU.    

The memorandum was signed by – the director of Georgian Institute of Politics – Kornely Kakachia and the rector of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, George Sharvashidze. According to the agreement, signatories will ensure bilateral cooperation between the parties and the implementation of various educational activities for students, such as giving students of the faculty of Social and Political Sciences opportunity to participate in the internship program at GIP.  (more…)

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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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