• Nino Samkharadze is a Junior Policy Analyst at GIP. At the same time, she is a PhD student at Tbilisi State University, Department of Political Science. She has obtained MA degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity Studies from TSU and BA degree in International Relations from International Black Sea University (IBSU). Being an invited lecturer at IBSU she delivers courses in Introduction to Political Science and Nationalism in International Relations. Nino’s research interests include nationalism, identity politics and their influence on political processes in the post-Soviet region.

25/07/2022 Nino Samkharadze

Can the President’s National Accord Process Change the Rules of the Game in Georgia’s Public-political Life?

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  • Nino Samkharadze is a Junior Policy Analyst at GIP. At the same time, she is a PhD student at Tbilisi State University, Department of Political Science. She has obtained MA degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity Studies from TSU and BA degree in International Relations from International Black Sea University (IBSU). Being an invited lecturer at IBSU she delivers courses in Introduction to Political Science and Nationalism in International Relations. Nino’s research interests include nationalism, identity politics and their influence on political processes in the post-Soviet region.


Publish Date:
25-07-2022

For several decades now, deep and uncompromising public-political confrontation has been creating new crises that have brought Georgia’s democratic development to a dead-end. As a result, objectives and challenges of national importance have been obscured for the wider public. Therefore, it is important to establish the points of national accord among the public and mobilize it to force the political class to return to boundaries set by public demand, move to create a strategy for depolarization and focus on state objectives that are above party politics.

In this context, it has been several months since the start of the President’s initiative on a National Accord. The public’s trust towards Salome Zourabichvili has increased following her response to the events in Ukraine, so this initiative may have more chance of combating the depolarization and deradicalization. Therefore, this policy brief aims at analyzing the resources of the President’s National Accord Process to bring a change in the rules of the game in Georgian public-political life. Also, to determine what controversial issues the Administration of the President needs to focus on to increase the effectiveness of the process. Firstly, this work discusses the context of the National Accord and its importance. Then it is analyzed the essence and the peculiarities, as well as controversial aspects, of this initiative. Lastly, the policy brief offers recommendations that may significantly contribute to strengthening the process of building a national accord and achieving tangible beneficial outcomes for the country.

Also in the following document:

  • Administration of the President Here and Now: Importance of The National Accord Initiative
  • National Accord Initiative: What Does It(not) Cover?
  • Controversial Circumstances for the National Accord Process

Key Words: National Accord, President of Georgia, public, parties, crisis

Policy Brief #43, July 2022

Author

  • Nino Samkharadze is a Junior Policy Analyst at GIP. At the same time, she is a PhD student at Tbilisi State University, Department of Political Science. She has obtained MA degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity Studies from TSU and BA degree in International Relations from International Black Sea University (IBSU). Being an invited lecturer at IBSU she delivers courses in Introduction to Political Science and Nationalism in International Relations. Nino’s research interests include nationalism, identity politics and their influence on political processes in the post-Soviet region.

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Nino Samkharadze

Nino Samkharadze is a Junior Policy Analyst at GIP. At the same time, she is a PhD student at Tbilisi State University, Department of Political Science. She has obtained MA degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity Studies from TSU and BA degree in International Relations from International Black Sea University (IBSU). Being an invited lecturer at IBSU she delivers courses in Introduction to Political Science and Nationalism in International Relations. Nino’s research interests include nationalism, identity politics and their influence on political processes in the post-Soviet region.