Life Without EU Membership: The Case for a Multi-Speed EaP

Bidzina Lebanidze The recent Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Brussels highlighted once again the gap between the expectations of the Eastern partners and the European Union. The advanced Eastern partner countries aspire for nothing less than full EU membership – something which the European Co...
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Training for Regional Journalists and Editors

On 9-10 December 2017, the Georgian Institute of politics hosted 2-day training in Batumi for regional journalists and editors (from Western Georgia) on Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration issues. The event was made possible with the support of the US Embassy in Georgia and in partnership with th...
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From the Eastern Partnership to the European Union Membership – Joint Statement

Tbilisi, 30 November, 2017 On 24 November 2017 the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Brussels. Summit participants took stock of progress made since the Riga Summit in 2015 and adopted the Joint Declaration. In the Declaration the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries reconfirmed the hig...
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Is Georgia’s “Unique” Approach to Church-State Relations Compatible with EU Integration?

Irakli Jgharkava This research paper tackles one of the most controversial issues in Georgian society – the relationship between Church and State. Following a recent statement by the prime minister of Georgia that questioned the “classical understanding” and utility of secularism in the Georgi...
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Interview with Ambassador – H.E. Kai Kaarelson

Mariam Grigalashvili’s interview with the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Georgia and Armenia – H.E. Kai Kaarelson “The EU money and help is there, it just has to be used better for the real transformation. The better the results, the more help will become available.”...
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Italy’s Eastern Neighborhood Policy: Georgia in Context

Marco Siddi Italy’s economic and diplomatic presence in the European Union’s Eastern neighborhood has increased since the 2000s. The expansion of trade and diplomatic contacts with Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries has complemented Italy’s long-standing relationship with Moscow, which contin...
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“Empowering Regional Journalists for Fact-Based Reporting on Euro-Atlantic Integration” – US Embassy

Project Donor: US Embassy Project Timeframe: 01/09/2017 – 1/07/2018 Project’s Budget: 23,400 USD Project Partners: Atlantic Council of Georgia The project aims to empower journalists in Georgia’s regions and minority-populated areas, through training, re-granting and study trip, to positively ...
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GIP presents its new policy paper “Georgia-China Relations: The Geopolitics of the Belt And Road”

On October 2, 2017, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) presented the policy paper “Georgia-China Relations: The Geopolitics of the Belt And Road” by GIP Policy Analyst Joseph Larsen. The presentation took place at Impact Hub in Tbilisi. The paper provides an overview of the current state o...
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What the Saakashvili Situation Means for Georgia and Ukraine

*Shota Gelovani The now stateless former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili was candid when interviewed by France24 about the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship: “Everybody understands that this whole thing stinks.” The stripping of his citizenship is the logical conclusion of spoiled...
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