The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Georgia and the Candidates for German Chancellor

Bidzina Lebanidze* Germany’s next parliamentary elections will be held on September 24. According to the polls, current Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are set to win the elections once again. However, because of Germany’s political culture and electoral system,...
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Popular Oligarchy: Why the Public Still Supports Georgian Dream

Bidzina Lebanidze* Recent public surveys have confirmed a paradoxical trend in Georgian political life: despite pressing problems, political blunders, and a troubling socio-economic situation, the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party remains the most popular political force in Georgia. It has been almos...
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Compendium of Policy Briefs – May 2017

This publication contains five policy briefs, each including recommendations on key issues pertaining to Europeanization and democratization in Georgia: priorities for Georgia’s further integration into Euro-Atlantic structures; the development of stable political party platforms; relations betwe...
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Georgia’s European Integration:What Comes After The Eastern Partnership?

Bidzina Lebanidze This policy brief explores future avenues for EU-Georgia relations going beyond the Eastern Partnership (EaP) but short of full EU membership. Enlargement fatigue coupled with economic and migration crises and the resultant rise of far-right groups puts additional pressure on the E...
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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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Single Party Rule Returns to Georgia

Joseph Larsen and Bidzina Lebanidze GIP Analysts Single party rule is returning to Georgia. The ruling Georgian Dream party won 48 of 50 runoff elections for majoritarian electoral districts on October 30....
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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-call...
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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 ...
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