Factors Influencing Georgian Asylum Seekers’ Choice of Destination

Meri Chachava Since March 2017, when the European Commission (EC) allowed visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Georgian citizens, member states warned about the sharp and continuous rise in the number of unfounded asylum seekers from Georgia. The destination countries have varied during the las...
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TURKEY’S ROLE IN STRENGTHENING BAKU’S COUNTER-TERRORISM CAPACITY: CAN A SOFT APPROACH WORK?

Nijat Eldarov Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia continue to work together in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. The three nations have agreed to hold joint military exercises, strengthen law-enforcement cooperation, collaborate on improving cyber-resilience, and increase interoperabilit...
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Securing Energy Supply to Turkey: Should Ankara Continue to Invest into Azerbaijan’s Energy Sector?

Vugar Bakhshalizada After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Turkey developed strong relations with newly independent states in the South Caucasus. Azerbaijan became the main destination for Turkish investments in the region due to Azerbaijan’s significant amount of proven hydrocarbon resources....
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Regional Cooperation in Electricity Sector: Challenges and Opportunities for Georgia

Mariam Chachua This policy brief analyzes multiple paths Georgia may take to strengthen its energy security and enhance regional cooperation in the electricity sector. The growing demand for electricity has gradually increased the country’s dependency on imported energy and must prioritize investm...
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Cultural values or economic insecurity: What predicts mass support for right-wing populists?

Salome Minesashvili Nation-wide surveys show that around 7% of Georgians identify with right-wing populist political parties. Among these parties, the Alliance of Georgian Patriots is already represented in the legislative body. What predicts support for such parties among individuals residing in Ge...
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Large parties versus small parties in Georgia: Do party manifestos vary across parties?

Levan Kakhishvili The manifestos of Georgian political parties are often overlooked by researchers. The documents are important because they offer insights into how parties position themselves and to what extent these positions are consistent with their claimed ideologies, however. An analysis of pa...
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Public Trust Towards Democracy and State Institutions: Influence of Populist Nationalist Groups

Gvantsa Davitashvili Democratization of Georgia is challenged, inter alia, due to declining public trust to democracy and state institutions. In this discourse, increasing and intensive activities of populist nationalist groups introduce additional threat to development of democratic processes in th...
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Resilience and democracy: Can a pragmatic EU still promote democracy in Georgia?

Bidzina Lebanidze Strengthening resilience in EU neighborhood states is a cornerstone of Brussels’ new ambitious global agenda. It aims to strengthen the states and societies that make up the EU neighborhood so they can better cope with challenges and crisis and adapt to fast changing political, s...
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Compendium of Policy Briefs – May 2016

This publication was issued under the project “N:2015-807 “Analyzing Democratization in Georgia“ supported by the National Endowment for Democracy and implemented by the Georgian Institute of Politics(GIP). It contains four policy briefs and recommendations covering some of the most pressing ...
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