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German Elections 2017: Continuity at the Top, a Looming Disaster from Below

Silvia Stöber

“Boring” is a word often used to describe the ongoing election campaign in Germany. The campaign will conclude on September 24 when the citizens elect new members to the Bundestag. A new government will be formed according to the results.          

At first glance, not much exciting has happened in recent weeks. The two main contestants – the Christian Democrat Angela Merkel and the Social Democrat Martin Schulz – fought a duel on live television (more…)

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Deterring Russia’s Borderization of Georgia

Joseph Larsen

 In the 21st century we have seen a tendency toward blurring the lines between the states of war and peace.
Wars are no longer declared and, having begun, proceed according to an unfamiliar template
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– General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation

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What Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine Want From the Brussels Summit

Mariam Grigalashvili
Originally published in DELF The Lithuania Tribune

The European Union will hold the fifth Summit of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) in Brussels on November 24. There, the leaders of EU member states will meet with counterparts from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia and Belarus.

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The State of Georgian Democracy: Interview with Professor Charles Fairbanks

Interview by Joseph Larsen, GIP Analyst

“The greatest difficulty of attaining democracy in Georgia is the weakness of political parties.”

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How Should Georgia Respond to Russia’s Borderization?

What tools are available for Georgia to respond to Russia’s borderization of the administrative boundary lines demarcating Abkhazia and South Ossetia? What is the most appropriate and effective response for Georgia to take?

On July 3, Russian soldiers moved the barbed wire fence demarcating the breakaway region of South Ossetia roughly 700 feet further into Georgian territory. That was only the most recent instance of a now commonplace practice. (more…)

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Anti-migrant Rhetoric in Georgia: Do Far-right Groups Threaten Georgia’s Pro-European Discourse?

Irakli Jgharkava*

Last month’s anti-migrant march in Tbilisi, baptized as the “national liberation movement”, marked an uptick in visible far-right sentiment in Georgia. The rally gathered around 2,000 people demanding the deportation of illegal immigrants and an overall toughening of the country’s immigration laws.  (more…)

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Can a Third Way Movement Emerge in Georgian Politics?

Givi Silagadze*

Georgia’s 2016 parliamentary elections were a major coup for the Georgian Dream party (GD), which won 115 of 150 seats (76.67%). It did so despite receiving the support of only 24.37% of voters, revealing two problems that continue to afflict Georgian party politics: a heavily majoritarian electoral system and an extremely weak political opposition. This policy memo is devoted to the second issue. (more…)

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US-Georgia Relations: Interview with Lincoln Mitchell

Interview by Joseph Larsen, GIP Analyst

 “On terms of security, Georgia’s best hope is still NATO and the United States. But now, whenever the president speaks about NATO, we now ask, is he going to affirm American support for Article 5?”

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Russian Soft Power: Balancing the Propaganda – Threats and Challenges

Elene Panchulidze
June 2017 / Issue #5

The use of Russian Soft Power and propaganda for the purpose of realizing foreign policy objectiveshas become increasingly noticeable in different parts of the world. Russian Soft Power in line with state-developed and controlled propaganda is commonly used to create and distribute narratives supporting the current regime in the Kremlin. (more…)

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Baltic Support for Georgia: Solidarity, Niche, and Security Policies

Mariam Apriashvili*
Research Paper

June 2017 / Issue #4

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have proven to be staunch supporters of Georgia and its declared foreign policy goal − integration and eventual membership into the Euro-Atlantic area. (more…)

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Oligarchs in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia as key obstacles to reforms

Denis Cenusa, Wojciech Konończuk, Kornely Kakachia
Originaly published by 3dcftas

The paper reviews the role of oligarchs in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Oligarchy can be briefly defined as a system of governance in which a small and informal group of people, using their vast economic and (more…)

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What should be Georgia’s next goal after Visa liberalization?

Georgia has signed the Association Agreement and achieved visa liberalization with the European Union (EU), obtaining the two main “carrots” made available by the EU through the Eastern Partnership format. In light of that, what should be Georgia’s next (realistic and concrete) foreign policy goal?

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