Virtual Round Table Discussion: A new era or more of the same? Germany and the EaP countries after the 2021 German parliamentary elections

On 15 July, GIP hosted the Virtual Round Table Discussion: A new era or more of the same? Germany and the EaP countries after the 2021 German parliamentary elections. The event was part of the project “Georgia’s Europeanization: Assessing Progress Post 2020”, organized with the support of the Open Society Georgian Foundation (OSGF). It brought together policy practitioners and scholars from Germany for exchange of knowledge and critical discussion on the possible scenarios after the 2021 parliamentary elections in Germany and whether the EaP countries and Russia should expect a new era in German foreign policy or rather continuation of old policies. (more…)

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GIP MA thesis award

We are pleased to announce that GIP awards the College of Europe student Lucie McAnea for the best MA Thesis on the Eastern Partnership (EaP)!

Lucie will receive a GIP prize for the thesis titled ‘Where there is a will, there is a way? Tracing the role of ‘speaking with one voice’ in the EU’s CSDP missions in Georgia and Somalia’.

GIP established its special prize for the best MA Thesis on Eastern Partnership for College of Europe students last year on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) and the College of Europe. (more…)

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GIP took part in a Career Week of University of Amsterdam

Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) was invited to take part in a Career Week at University of Amsterdam, organized for students of politics, psychology, law and economics (PPLE program). The event took place from 21st-24th of June, connecting students and participating organizations via online platforms. (more…)

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Winner projects of #GEOYOUTH2021 revealed!

Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) in partnership with German grass-root organization Polis180 is running a project #GEOYOUTH2021 “Supporting youth participation in local political processes”. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and aims at forming and supporting the local initiative groups across Georgia as well as identifying their needs and supporting implementation of their initiatives. To this end, within the framework of the project Call for Grant Applications for youth (18-35 years old) based in Georgia was announced. All interested individuals throughout Georgia were encouraged to team up, submit their initiatives relevant to the project objectives and get a small-scale grant for the implementation. After a very careful selection process, finally, 8 winner teams (more…)

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Report Presentation: Building a New Momentum for European Integration of the Balkan and Eastern European Associated States

On 21 June, in cooperation with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), GIP hosted a presentation of the recent report by CEPS on “Building a New Momentum for European Integration of the Balkan and Eastern European Associated States”, comparing the path towards EU integration between these two regions. The study advocates a new momentum for the European integration of both Balkan and East European associated states. Both the enlargement and neighborhood policies are at best stagnating. The perceived incentives for reforms in line with European norms and values are too weak or uncertain. The study (more…)

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GEODEM2021 concluded with the 3rd panel about “Populist Nationalism and Euroscepticism: Imagined or Real Threat for Associated Countries?”

On June 16, 2021, Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) hosted the 3rd panel of the 6th edition of its traditional annual Democracy Conference #GEODEM2021. The main theme of the panel was Populist Nationalism and Euroscepticism: Imagined or Real Threat for Associated Countries? In order to discuss the negative impacts of populism and euro-skepticism, the panel addressed the following questions: What are key populist discourses and narratives in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine? How influential are populist actors and what strategies do they utilize? What is the impact of populism on democratization processes in the (more…)

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Report presentation: Monitoring the Implementation of the Code of Conduct by Political Parties in Georgia

On 9 June, GIP presented a report on “Monitoring the Implementation of the Code of Conduct by Political Parties in Georgia”, published with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Prior to the 2020 elections, 40 Georgian political parties signed the political party Code of Conduct (CoC). By signing the document, the parties voluntarily undertook a commitment to fulfilling pre-election competition principles, to abide by ethical norms, respect each other and the voters, and to refrain from taking action that violated ethical norms. The report aims to monitor the extent to which the major political Georgian parties fulfilled these norms and principles. The report made use of a number of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including desk research, interviews (more…)

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GEODEM2021 – Panel 3: Populist Nationalism and Euroscepticism: Imagined or Real Threat for Associated Countries?

In May-June, 2021 GIP is hosting the 6th edition of its traditional annual Democracy Conference #GEODEM2021. Due to the pandemic, the conference is being conducted online presenting 3 different thematic panels.
To attend the 3rd final panel of the conference on 16 June, please register here >>

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GIP hosted the 2nd panel of the annual conference GEODEM2021

On June 2, 2021, Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) hosted the 2nd panel of the 6th edition of its traditional annual Democracy Conference #GEODEM2021. The main theme of the panel was Polling Wars in Georgia: How to Ensure Trust? Considering the hitherto low levels of general public trust and the increasingly nihilistic electorate, the research organization representatives discussed the following questions: Why polling matters and whom do the polls serve?; What can be done to ensure that trust towards exit polls is not undermined?; (more…)

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Kick off workshop of the project “Analyzing Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus”: 6 young researchers from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are now selected

On 31 May, kick off workshop was held for the researchers selected for the project “Analyzing Geopolitical Shifts in the South Caucasus.” The project, which was launched recently, is being implemented by GIP with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region. It aims at assessing the changing geopolitical and security environment in the South Caucasus, including the role of regional actors, such as Turkey, Russia, and Iran. The project also aims at contributing to developing an informed policy approach towards Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and its consequences for the EU’s impact in the region.  (more…)

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The 2nd panel of GIP’s annual conference GEODEM2021 will take place on 2 June

In May-June, 2021 GIP is hosting the 6th edition of its traditional annual Democracy Conference #GEODEM2021. Due to the pandemic, the conference is being conducted online presenting 3 different thematic panels.

The 2nd panel of the conference will take place on 2 June at 17:00 with the main theme Polling Wars in Georgia: How to Ensure Trust?

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Interview with the ELS trainer

Topic: Importance of active youth participation in democratic processes

Respondent: Liza Sopromadze – Expert on Local Self-Government; Invited lecturer at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).

Author: Mariam Lomidze, Emerging Leaders School (#ELS2021) | Gori (more…)

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The “Emerging Leaders School” (ELS2021) participants organized series of Space for Discussion meetings

In the framework of the “Emerging Leaders School” (ELS) program, the participants were provided with an opportunity to take initiative and together with their counterparts plan and organize series of Space for Discussion (SfD) events themselves. Space for Discussion is an additional opportunity for the “Emerging Leaders School” (ELS) participants to meet the experts from different fields as well as public and private sector representatives. The participants choose the discussion topic themselves and have an opportunity to get the answers to the questions of their interest from the invited professionals and decision-makers.   (more…)

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ELS Diaries 2021 – May edition

In May, the training sessions at the Emerging Leaders School (ELS) were carried out online. In total, 12 training sessions were held covering 6 different topics. Apart from the trainings, during May, a number of Space for Discussion series were organized by the ELS participants. This is an additional opportunity for them to meet the experts of different fields as well as the representatives of public and private sectors. (more…)

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Concluding conference: Engagement of ethnic minorities in the Europeanization of Georgia

On 28 May, 2021, Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) hosted the concluding conference of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet project “Promote and Act for Europe,” financially supported by the EU. The aim of the conference was to present the results of the project to its stakeholders. The conference took place online via Zoom platform in four languages: English, Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijani.  (more…)

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