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A Reluctant Partner: Georgian-German Relations Revisited

Kornely Kakachia
Georgian Institute of Politics
PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 463
March 2017

For Georgia, the enacting of an Association Agreement with the EU in the summer of 2016 was a pivotal moment in cementing its strategic bonds with Europe. (more…)


The First 100 Days of the Georgian Dream Government: A Reality Check

Kornely Kakachia
Bidzina Lebanidze
Joseph Larsen
Mariam Grigalashvili

The publication analyzes the Georgian Dream (GD) government’s implementation of promised reforms during its first 100 days in office. (more…)


War as an Instrument: the Five-Day War and Political Crisis in Ukraine

Dean, School of International Relations, Institute of Social Sciences; Associate Professor, Department of International Relations;
Leading Research Fellow, Center for International Studies, Odesa Mechnikov National University, Ukraine.

Expert Interview with Prof. Stephen Jones

Interview by Joseph Larsen, GIP Analyst

“The first republic is a reminder of the instabilities that can be brought on by Georgians’ own mistakes and delusions.”



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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)