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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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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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No 67-68, Caucasus Analytical Digest: The South Caucasus and the Ukraine Crisis

This issue of the CAD examines how Ukraine’s troubles have impacted 1) Georgia’s foreign policy and internal stability; 2) Azerbaijan’s attempts to maintain good relations with both Russia and the West; and 3) the still-simmering Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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Shifting Gears: Georgia’s Persian gambit and the logic of regional geopolitics

Kornely Kakachia

The paper aims to examine Georgia’s Iran strategy, and attempts to identify the key causes and motivations pushing Tbilisi towards Tehran. Caucasus International. (more…)

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