The First 100 Days of Georgian Dream Government: Reality and Challenges

Authors: Bidzina Lebanidze, Elguja Khokrishvili, Salome Kandelaki, Nino Samkharadze, Givi Silagadze Georgia’s parliamentary elections in 2020 resulted in a new political crisis, which further complicated the grave situation in the country resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. In the context of the...
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The Judiciary Reform in Georgia and its Significance for the Idea of European Integration

Tinatin Erkvania, Bidzina Lebanidze The efficient functioning of the judiciary and justice system remains the Achilles’ heel of Georgia’s political system. While four recent waves of reforms have formally improved and refined the quality of the judiciary institutionally, these reforms have not i...
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A Region lost? In the South Caucasus: The West is out, Turkey is in, and Russia is stronger than ever

Op-Ed Bidzina Lebanidze[1] The South Caucasus region has recently witnessed significant upheavals: a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabagh, political chaos in Armenia, post-election turmoil in Georgia, and a shifting geopolitical dynamic between Russia and Turkey. As Armenia, Azer...
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Can Georgia Deliver Democratic Elections?

* The Blog is originally published by PONARS Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia Commentary) Recently, Georgia’s ruling party, Georgian Dream (GD), proclaimed its intention to formally apply for EU membership in 2024, against all odds. The statement was made at an important time: just as the Black Sea coun...
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Game of (open) Doors: NATO-Georgian Relations and Challenges for Sustainable Partnership

Kornely Kakachia, Bidzina Lebanidze, Shalva Dzebisashvili  Since the 2008 Russia-Georgia War NATO-Georgia relations have been in limbo. While NATO has never formally closed its doors on Georgia, the alliance has become more skeptical of enlargement and warier of Russian interests. While Georgia’s...
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GLOBAL AND DIFFUSE RISKS IN THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES

Kornely Kakachia and Bidzina Lebanidze Originally published by EU-LISTCO This paper explores the extent to which global and diffuse risks impact the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries of the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood and identifies tipping points at which risks can turn into immediate threats f...
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Compendium of Policy Briefs 2020

Levan Kakhishvili, Bidzina Lebanidze, Salome Minesashvili, Gvantsa Davitashvili Georgian Institute of Politics is delighted to present Compendium 2020, the annual collection of policy briefs about the current political situation in Georgia. The briefs are intended to create a foundation for discussi...
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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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