GIP Commentary: The Venice Commission Opinion on Georgia’s Constitutional Reforms

Joseph Larsen* Shortly after winning a substantial majority in last year’s parliamentary elections, GD formed a 73-member Constitutional Reform Commission to prepare a new constitution—one that would transform the country from its current semi-presidential system to a full-fledged parliamentary ...
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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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To Understand Constitutional Reform in Georgia, Look Beyond the President

Joseph Larsen* The Georgian Dream (GD) government has made constitutional reform its highest priority since winning an overwhelming mandate in last October’s parliamentary elections. With 115 seats in a 150-seat parliament, GD has the supermajority necessary to amend Georgia’s constitution witho...
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Why Georgia Should be Worried about Marine Le Pen

Mariam Tabatadze (Joint Master’s Program student of International Relations, University of Szeged (Hungary) and Sciences Po Lille (France).) Joseph Larsen (GIP analyst) While European Union member states are preoccupied with countering Russian propaganda and the related rise of domestic right-...
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Can McCain and Company Overrule Trump on Russia? The View from Georgia

Joseph Larsen (GIP analyst) Joseph Jorjoliani (GIP non-resident fellow) Khurvaleti, Georgia, January 1, 2017: It’s a cold but clear winter day. Conditions are ideal for a photo opportunity. US Senators John McCain (R-Arizona), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) are...
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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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Expect Trump’s Team to Challenge Him on Russia and NATO

Joseph Larsen GIP Analyst President-Elect Donald Trump will enter office this month with no formal experience making foreign policy. That doesn’t necessarily mean his foreign policy will be a failure, but it does mean he’ll need a strong team to rely on. Here are the cabinet members we can expec...
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