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What Does the Russian-Armenian Joint Military Force Mean for Security in the South Caucasus?

Georgian Institute of Politics is delighted to announce the publication of our new product – Expert Comment. (more…)

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Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Area

Working Group: Bidzina Lebanidze, Philip Remler (Principal Drafter), Atanas Dimitrov , Samuel Goda , Konstanze Jüngling , Nino Kemoklidze , Ida Manton and others

This project aims to provide a menu of innovative ways in which the international community can engage with all sides in the four so-called “frozen conflicts” (more…)

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European Security – Challenges at the Societal Level

Project’s reflection group:
Kornely Kakachia, Nadezhda Arbatova, Hüseyin Bağci, Serena Giusti, William Hill, Dzianis Melyantsou, Kari Möttölä, Barend ter Haar and Monika Wohlfeld

“In the wake of the current confrontation between Russia and the West, will the nations of Europe govern their interactions by rules and principles, (more…)

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Youth Participation in Electoral Processes and the Role of Political Elites

Teona Turashvili
GIP report / September 2016

Youth participation in electoral and political processes is important for the development of modern democratic societies for two reasons: (more…)

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Georgian Path to EU Visa Liberalization: Georgian fatigue and European caution

Ioseb ‘Joseph’ Jorjoliani
GIP Young Experts Network

Recent talks on the visa liberalization of the European Union for the citizens of Georgia made a lot of people wonder if this process could be hampered by the two highest branches of the European Union, European Parliament and European Council. (more…)

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Compendium of Policy Briefs – May 2016

This publication was issued under the project “N:2015-807 “Analyzing Democratization in Georgia“ supported by the National Endowment for Democracy and implemented by the Georgian Institute of Politics(GIP). It contains four policy briefs and recommendations covering some of the most pressing and sensitive issues among the current challenges facing Georgia’s democratization process. (more…)

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Visa-free Travel to the EU: Prospects for a European Choice and Democratization by the Occupied Territories of Georgia

Ann Tsurtsumia-Zurabashvili
Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellow, Dublin City University.

In December 2015, the European Commission acknowledged the fulfilment of Georgia’s Visa Liberalization Action Plan (VLAP) benchmarks1, a step that brought Georgian passport holders a step closer to the realistic prospect of travelling visa free inside the Schengen area in the foreseeable future. (more…)

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Georgia’s Parliament: A Rubber Stamp No Longer?

Alexander Scrivener
GIP Research Fellow

Has Parliament become more effective since 2012?

YES – Parliament now includes the main political protagonists. In the previous parliament, the main opposition groups boycotted the legislature. While UNM boycott committee meetings, their presence in plenary sessions ensures that the real debate between the two main parties in Georgia happens within the legislature. (more…)

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Democracy Under Stress: Western Fatigue, Russian Resurgence, And Their Implications For Democratic Processes In Georgia

Bidzina Lebanidze
GIP Research Fellow

Although anti-Russian sentiments are still dominant among Georgians, Russia’s rising popularity shows that the danger of Tbilisi abandoning its pro-Western foreign policy, along with its democratic reforms, is real. What can be done to avoid such a scenario and how can the West, together with the Georgian government and civil society, prevent it? (more…)

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Can The Georgian Orthodox Church Contribute To The Democratization Process?

Salome Minesashvili
GIP Research Fellow

This policy paper analyses the attitudes, values and behavior of the Georgian Orthodox Church (GOC) in the context of democratization and explores potential ways to engage the GOC in the reform process, as well as include it in public and political debates.

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The South Caucasus Between integration and fragmentation

The South Caucasus is situated at the intersection of Eurasia’s major transport and energy corridors, making it an important geostrategic region. Traditional regional actors Iran, Turkey and Russia have jostled for influence and power in the region for centuries, and are now faced with competition from the EU, China, the US and NATO. (more…)

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Contextual analysis of Russia-Georgia relations – possible threats and challenges of the “normalization” process

Kornely Kakachia
Levan Kakhishvili
Salome Minesashvili

This article explores current Georgia’s rapprochement with Russia known as the “normalization” process and analyzes political risks of the existing Georgian economic strategy against the increasing role of the Russian market.

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