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Tbilisi as a venue for Azerbaijani-Armenian negotiations?

Georgia has maintained a policy of neutrality for many years when it comes to the Karabakh conflict. Having acted as a mediator on certain occasions in the past, Tbilisi could now host talks that provide a proper solution to its neighbours’ ongoing dispute.

December 4, 2023 - Nicholas Chkhaidze

Hazards to Georgia’s foreign policy: A strategic partnership with China?

The latest shift in Georgia's foreign policy, marked by the signing of a strategic agreement with China, raises further concerns about the country’s trajectory towards the European Union and NATO. By engaging more with China, Tbilisi is also helping Russia fulfil its aim to decouple Georgia from the West.

In July 2023, the relationship between Georgia and China grabbed the spotlight of global attention – the two countries decided to elevate their bilateral relations to a strategic partnership and signed a subsequent agreement. Although deepening relations between sovereign states is not out of the ordinary in foreign affairs, critical questions about this particular event are looming over the horizon.

November 20, 2023 - Nino Lezhava

Doom and gloom for Georgia’s EU candidacy?

Despite its claims to be willing to implement all the necessary reforms for EU candidacy, the Georgian government’s measures have been slow. Substantial progress has been missing in the areas where strong political will is required. While Georgia is awaiting the European Commission’s recommendation on granting it EU candidate status, much work is yet to be done.

More than a year has passed since Georgia submitted its application to obtain EU candidate status. The announcement followed a similar move by Ukraine in the wake of the Russian aggression, which led to a historic opportunity for other countries which aspired to obtain EU membership. Soon, Moldova demonstrated its interest in applying for candidacy as well.

November 19, 2023 - Soso Dzamukashvili

Georgian Dream’s shenanigans continue

The past year has seen the Georgian Dream administration engage in a variety of questionable actions. Ranging from laws on “foreign agents” to spreading conspiracy theories, it appears that these moves are designed to question the country’s pro-western orientation. Georgia’s citizens must now use the ballot box to challenge this record of mismanagement.

November 17, 2023 - Mark Temnycky

Georgia at a crossroads: seizing its third opportunity

Georgia is once again faced with a pivotal moment in its history. Much like the collapse of Moscow’s power in 1917 and 1991, today’s war in Ukraine is providing Tbilisi with room to pursue a pro-western course. However, a form of government backed by the Kremlin could stand in the way of real change for a third time.

October 30, 2023 - Nika Sikharulidze

In the shadow of impeachment

As Georgia is racing against the clock to fulfil the European Union’s 12 recommendations to secure candidacy status by December, President Salome Zourabichvili embarked on an international tour to promote Georgia’s European aspirations and gain support from international partners. This decision has been met with an unexpected response from the Georgian government.

October 5, 2023 - Giorgi Beroshvili

Russian migration during the war in Ukraine: reality and challenges in the host countries

The war in Ukraine has caused millions of people from the country to flee to various states in Europe. Despite this, there are also many Russians who have attempted to leave their own country following the full-scale invasion. This phenomenon has been met with different responses in various states near Russia.

September 21, 2023 - Nino Chanadiri

Saakashvili’s plight and the continued unravelling of Georgia-Ukraine relations

While Georgia and Ukraine have both suffered from Russian aggression, their relations overall remain strained. A large part of this issue is caused by the ill health of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, whose connection to Ukraine has caused a diplomatic rift.

July 28, 2023 - David Kirichenko

Uncertainty lies ahead for Georgia

Georgia’s government is once again moving further away from European norms. While the majority of the population desires closer links with the West, Tbilisi continues to only think of itself. This divide could have consequences for next year’s parliamentary elections.

June 5, 2023 - Mark Temnycky

The European Dream: Georgia’s growing anti-European rhetoric undermines its pro-western aspirations

The ruling Georgian Dream government has continued to frustrate wishes of Georgian society for integration with western bodies such as the EU and NATO, supporting a law that could directly challenge western integration. The Georgian public did not react to this subtly.

March 10, 2023 - Giorgi Beroshvili

Russian soft power in Georgia: “People’s Power” and the “foreign agent” media law

Georgia continues to struggle with issues surrounding its European integration. While the country’s own government remains unsure of its next move, the spectre of Russia and its authoritarian politics continues to loom large over Tbilisi.

March 3, 2023 - Davit Totadze

Georgia’s peculiar balancing act and Washington’s ire at its ‘Beacon of Liberty’

Once a darling of Washington, Georgia again finds itself between a rock and a hard place.

February 15, 2023 - Giorgi Lasha Kasradze

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