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Resilience and democracy: Can a pragmatic EU still promote democracy in Georgia?

Bidzina Lebanidze

Strengthening resilience in EU neighborhood states is a cornerstone of Brussels’ new ambitious global agenda. It aims to strengthen the states and societies that make up the EU neighborhood so they can better cope with challenges and crisis and adapt to fast changing political, social and economic environment. With regard to Georgia there are a few critical issues that should be addressed properly so resilience can live up to its full potential, however.  (more…)

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Who is (not) populist in Georgia? Making sense of the buzzword

Givi Silagadze[1]

Populism is undeniably a global phenomenon. It is often referred to as a threat to liberal democracy and sometimes portrayed as a means to politically mobilize hitherto nihilistic segments of society. Even though the term has been around for quite a long time, it has gained an unprecedented amount of attention in recent years. It has been suggested that in the period from the early 2000s to 2018, the number of populist leaders has (at least) doubled worldwide.[2] (more…)

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Observers Warn Georgia’s Democracy is Deteriorating

Expert Polls #10, Georgian Institute of Politics, December 2019.

The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) conducted its tenth expert poll from December 6 to 20. Twenty-three Georgian and international scholars and political observers answered questions about democratization and recent political dynamics in Georgia. The responses confirmed the overall negative view on Georgia’s political climate. Experts also had some   surprising responses in their assessments of political institutions and actors.  (more…)

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Proposal of Georgian Think Tanks on the Future Strategic Direction of the Eastern Partnership

The proposed publication was prepared by five Georgian think tanks analyzing Georgia-EU relations. The initiative was backed and coordinated by EU Integration Program of Open Society Georgia Foundation. This is the united effort of representatives of Georgian think tank community to respond to Eastern Partnership Structural consultation launched by European Union in 2019. (more…)

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Georgia’s Dangerous Slide Away From Democracy

Kornely Kakachia, Bidzina Lebanidze
Originally published by Carnegie Europe

It’s a repetition Georgia could do without.

This strategically important country in the Caucasus has been beset by yet another political crisis. This time, the catalyst was the government’s failure to follow through on its promise to reform Georgia’s electoral system. (more…)

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Democratic backsliding in Georgia?

Levan Kakhishvili
Originally posted by Institute for European Politics (IEP)

There is a long tradition in Georgia of reforming the electoral system. Each government has tried to adjust the system in a way that would help to guarantee the preservation of its own power. In June 2019, against the background of public protests, the current ruling party, Georgian Dream (GD), promised that it would amend the constitution in order to hold the 2020 parliamentary elections with a fully proportional voting system, including a natural barrier. (more…)

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Does EU have role in stopping backsliding in Georgia?

Kornely Kakachia, Bidzina Lebanidze 
Originally posted by EUobserver

The EU’s eastern neighbourhood is in flux.

The collapse of the pro-reform government in Moldova and the stagnation of anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine was recently followed yet by another political crisis in Georgia.

On 14 November, Georgia’s ruling party, the Georgian Dream (GD) backtracked from its major political promise to introduce the proportional electoral system for the next year’s parliamentary elections. (more…)

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What does the veto on opening talks with Albania and North Macedonia mean for the European aspirations of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine?

Expert Comment #9 | November, 2019

On October 15, EU ministers failed to agree to start the talks that could lead to Albania and North Macedonia joining the EU. While a handful of countries opposed the process with respect to Albania, only France vetoed opening talks with North Macedonia. After the meeting, France found itself in the spotlight as the only country that vetoed starting talks with both countries. The day after the meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron referred to the system for accepting new members as “bizarre” and called for reforming the procedure. (more…)

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Strategic Communication and Crisis Management: Analysing the Cases of Georgia and Lithuania

Levan Kakhishvili, Donatas Puslys

In the context of democratization and democratic consolidation, internal political crises, caused by either external shocks or dynamics in the domestic arena, pose a significant challenge to the stability of the Georgian political system. Such crises can jeopardize not only internal order but also Georgia’s relations with external actors. Consequently, analyzing the government strategies of crisis management and identifying lessons from failures or successes is key to improving the level of national resilience. (more…)

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Infographic – Sharing Moldova’s Visa-Free experience and recommendations with Armenia

The infographic was produced within the framework of the project – “Facilitating Effective Visa Liberalization in Georgia, Moldova and Armenia through Experience Sharing“, implemented by the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP, Georgia) together with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE, Moldova) and the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC, Armenia).
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Infographic – Sharing Georgia’s Visa-Free experience and recommendations with Armenia

The infographic was produced within the framework of the project – “Facilitating Effective Visa Liberalization in Georgia, Moldova and Armenia through Experience Sharing“, implemented by the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP, Georgia) together with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE, Moldova) and the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC, Armenia). (more…)

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Infographic – Key Achievements of Georgia, Moldova and Armenia

The infographic was produced within the framework of the project – “Facilitating Effective Visa Liberalization in Georgia, Moldova and Armenia through Experience Sharing“, implemented by the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP, Georgia) together with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE, Moldova) and the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC, Armenia).

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