Russian-Georgian WTO agreement and its implications for Georgian-Russian relations

Expert Comment In 2011, Russia and Georgia signed an agreement on the Basic Principles for a Mechanism of Customs Administration and Monitoring of Trade in Goods. The agreement facilitated Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization. Based on the agreement, Georgia and Russia, in 2017 and 201...
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Beginning of GEOPATH – Workshop and Round table with Georgian and International scholars and experts

On January 24-25, 2019 Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) hosted a workshop and a roundtable discussion in Tbilisi as a beginning of GEOPATH, a four-year collaboration project with Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), funded by the Research Council of Norway.  A two-day ev...
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GIP and NUPI start a new project: “Competency through Cooperation: Advancing knowledge on Georgia’s strategic path” (GEOPATH)

The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) is happy to announce the beginning of GEOPATH, a four-year collaboration project with Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), funded by the Research Council of Norway. GEOPATH revolves around a research project that will produce cutting-edge, wel...
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Russia’s Information Warfare: A Menace to Georgian National Security

Irakli Jgharkava Following the Russo-Georgian war in 2008, Russia’s Information Warfare (IW) campaign targeting Georgia has become a threat to the country’s national security and has put a damper on its European agenda.  As the Facebook pages that disseminate anti-West propaganda proliferat...
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The Future of the Eastern Partners: 6 Lessons from the Western Balkans

Frauke Seebass In the fifteen years since the Thessaloniki declaration confirmed the European accession partnership with the Western Balkans, only Croatia has succeeded in joining the Union. However, a new momentum has emerged this year, with the Commission seeing a new “credible enlargement persp...
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Not EU’s world? Putting Georgia’s European Integration in Context

Bidzina Lebanidze, Mariam Grigalashvili One of the main shortcomings of academic and policy-relevant studies that explore Euro-Atlantic integration processes in Georgia and in the other Eastern Partnership (EaP) states is the tendency towards EU-centrism – they focus exclusively on Western actors ...
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Treaty on Open Skies: Could International Observation Flights be Canceled?

Mariam Grigalashvili The Treaty on Open Skies (OS) has been a source of tension between Russia and Georgia since 2010. While the issue is serious, the Treaty on Open Skies and the problems related to it are rarely publicly discussed since the agreement is confidential and very technical. It is worth...
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New article on elite perceptions and Georgia’s foreign policy towards Russia

Europe-Asia Studies published a new article – “Change and Continuity in the Foreign Policies of Small States: Elite Perceptions and Georgia’s Foreign Policy Towards Russia” by the GIP researchers  – Kornely Kakachia, Salome Minesashvili and Levan Kakhishvili.  “T...
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GIP commentary: The Treaty on Open Skies and the Causes of Russian-Georgian Confrontation

Mariam Grigalashvili What is the treaty on Open Skies? Access to neighboring states’ military intelligence data is an important element in international politics. In 1955, in order to obtain such information legally, the treaty on Open Skies was proposed. The aim of Open Skies, which was initiated...
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