Democratic Deficit in Party Political Systems – Expert Interview with Professor Zsolt Enyedi

Interview by Salome Kandelaki, GIP Junior Policy Analyst

“The likelihood that you suddenly have a new leader coming from nowhere and taking over an entire state is still larger in the East. That is one of the indications of the weakness of the party systems.”

Zsolt Enyedi is currently a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Department of Politics & International Relations (DPIR) of the University of Oxford. He is a Professor at the Political Science Department of Central European University (CEU) (more…)

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Georgia’s European Perspective: Expert Interview with Professor Dr. Tanja A. Börzel

Interview by Shota Kakabadze, GIP Junior Policy Analyst

“I think Georgian society, and I’m saying Georgian society, I’m not talking about politicians here, has to make up its mind. It cannot have both the cake and eat it at the same time. If you want to be part of Europe and the European Union, you have to accept European values.”

Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel is Professor of Political Science and holds the Chair for European Integration at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin. (more…)

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Polarization and Fragmentation of Georgian Political Landscape: Implications for Democracy Expert Interview with Dr. Fernando Casal Bértoa

Interview by Teona Zurabashvili, GIP Junior Policy Analyst

‘’Democracy is not a zero-sum game. The opposition also has the right to govern; they also have the right to win… In Georgia, the government should know that opposition is not their enemy or adversary. That’s one of the serious problems of Georgia. And that’s why democracy is not consolidated. (more…)

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Georgia’s Current Path to Democracy: Where Do We Stand and How Should We Improve? Expert Interview with Professor Julie A. George

Interview by Nino Samkharadze, GIP Junior Policy Analyst

“I think the Georgian revolutions aren’t good for democracy. You need “boring” institutional politics. You don’t need more parties in Georgia. You need better parties” (more…)

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Georgia After the 2020 Parliamentary Elections: Expert Interview with Dr. Neil MacFarlane

Interview by Nino Samkharadze, GIP Junior Policy Analyst

As for EU policy towards Georgia, I personally think that the evolution of your relationship will be a long process. And the best thing that Georgians can do to push that along is internal development of internal institutions. (more…)

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The State of Georgian Democracy: Interview with Professor Charles Fairbanks

Interview by Joseph Larsen, GIP Analyst

“The greatest difficulty of attaining democracy in Georgia is the weakness of political parties.”

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US-Georgia Relations: Interview with Lincoln Mitchell

Interview by Joseph Larsen, GIP Analyst

 “On terms of security, Georgia’s best hope is still NATO and the United States. But now, whenever the president speaks about NATO, we now ask, is he going to affirm American support for Article 5?”

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French Elections 2017: Expert Interview with Régis Genté

Interview by Joseph Larsen, GIP Analyst

“We underestimate how strongly [Marine] Le Pen is supported within the population. She has a very serious chance to win.”

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Expert Interview with Prof. Stephen Jones

Interview by Joseph Larsen, GIP Analyst

“The first republic is a reminder of the instabilities that can be brought on by Georgians’ own mistakes and delusions.”

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