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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GIP Commentary: Syria’s Diplomatic Overture to Abkhazia

Mariam Grigalashvili On September 27, a Syrian delegation paid a so-called “official” visit to Russian-occupied Abkhazia. The visit was preceded by a visit to Damascus by the de-facto authorities of Abkhazia. High-level officials attended both meetings. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia...
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GIP Commentary: The U.S. Military Budget and Georgia

Joseph Larsen and Mariam Grigalashvili* Background On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed a military budget for 2018. Formally titled the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018”, the Act needs to be reconciled with the House of Representatives before it can be signed int...
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What Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine Want From the Brussels Summit

Mariam Grigalashvili Originally published in DELF The Lithuania Tribune The European Union will hold the fifth Summit of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) in Brussels on November 24. There, the leaders of EU member states will meet with counterparts from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia an...
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GIP Commentary: What Georgia Can Learn from Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Joseph Larsen and Mariam Grigalashvili Montenegro became the newest member of NATO on June 5. It is the seventh enlargement in the history of the Alliance and the first since April 2009, when Albania and Croatia became full members. For Montenegro, the result has been a long time coming:...
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GIP Commentary: Georgia’s Image Tarnished by Relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan

Mariam Grigalashvili and Joseph Larsen* In international relations, image matters. This is especially true for small states such as Georgia. The country’s image has suffered since Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani investigative journalist who moved to Georgia in 2015, went missing from Tbilisi on Ma...
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GIP presents its new report “The First 100 Days of the Georgian Dream Government: A Reality Check”

Georgian Institute of Politics presented its new report “The First 100 Days of the Georgian Dream Government: A Reality Check” on February 22, 2017 at Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel....
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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....
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The EU’s Visa Suspension Mechanism Explained

Mariam Grigalashvili, PhD student of International Relations Tbilisi State University GIP Analyst  On Dec. 7, 2016, the European Council and European Parliament reached agreement on the visa liberalization suspension mechanism,...
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