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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Call for Proposals: Georgia on European Way / DCFTA Awareness Campaign

Implementers[1] of the European Union supported project “Georgia on European Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation” calls for project proposals from Georgian civil society organizations.

The project aims to increase and support Georgian civil society organizations’ role in raising public awareness, understanding and support for implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) that has entered into force between Georgia and the European Union in June, 2016. The agreement provides better-matched regulations for Georgian producers to access the European market. According to the survey[2] executed by project implementers in Summer 2017, (more…)

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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…)

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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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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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On Think Tanks Conference 2018: credibility, impact and emerging leadership

GIP’s programs manager Renata Skardziute-Kereselidze took part in On Think Tanks Conference, organized in London on 14-15 of February, 2018.

The On Think Tanks Conference brings together thinktankers, think tank scholars, policy entrepreneurs and think tanks funders from around the world to share experiences, present their research, co-develop solutions to common challenges and establish new or strengthen old partnerships.

The conference program addressed the issues of moral grounds for think tanks’ work, building credibility, measuring impact and effective communication, among many others. (more…)

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From the Eastern Partnership to the European Union Membership – Joint Statement

Tbilisi, 30 November, 2017

On 24 November 2017 the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Brussels. Summit participants took stock of progress made since the Riga Summit in 2015 and adopted the Joint Declaration. In the Declaration the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries reconfirmed the high importance they attach to the Eastern Partnership, based on common values, mutual interests and understanding, shared ownership and responsibility, differentiation and mutual accountability, which brings the Eastern European partner countries closer to the European Union. They welcomed “20 Deliverables for 2020” delivering tangible results in a transparent and inclusive manner as well as strengthening resilience.

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Workshop of OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions

On 10 October 2017, the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions organized a workshop in Vienna /Austria that discussed the option of OSCE economic and environmental confidence-building measures. Project leader is Prof. Stefan Wolff from the University of Birmingham, key drafter Ambassador Philipp Remler (US).

GIP was represented in Vienna discussion by Kornely Kakachia and Bidzina Lebanidze, who drafted joint policy paper related to impact of Russia West confrontation on Georgian conflicts.

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GIP at the EaP Think Tank Forum

Chișinău, Moldova (September 21-22): GIP Executive Director Kornely Kakachia presented on the “Future of the Eastern Partnership: Challenges and Perspectives” at the EaP Think Tank Forum. The Forum’s aim was to better connect think tanks across Europe for maximum impact of their research, policymaking, and advocacy efforts on promoting Europeanization in EaP countries. The Forum provided more than 60 experts from the think tank community in EU and EaP countries with the opportunity to share policy recommendations for the upcoming EaP Summit in Brussels. (more…)

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GIP Conducts Opinion Polls in Georgian Regions || Project – “Georgia on European Way”

Within the framework of the project “Georgia on European Way” the Georgian Institute of Politics is conducting opinion polls in the following regions: Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti (Ambrolauri, Lentekhi). Opinion polls aim to  analyse SMEs in regions of Georgia – their fields of interests, possibilities and awareness about the DCFTA.

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GIP Director Participates in International Conference on the Future of Conventional Arms Control

On the invitation of the European Leadership Network, GIP Director Kornely Kakachia participated in international conference held on 6-7 September in Berlin. The conference was co-hosted by the federal minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany.  

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Georgian CSOs address Vice President of the United States

24 non-governmental organizations based in Georgia address an open letter to the Vice-President of the United States.

Dear Vice President Pence,

We, the undersigned, the representatives of Georgian civil society organizations would like to address you ahead of your visit to Georgia, (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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