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Georgia moves closer to Europe or just away from authoritarianism?

The reforms of Georgia's electoral system are entering a crucial phase as they have to be completed no later than six months before the elections.

June 29, 2020 - Krassen Stanchev

Post-pandemic Georgia: stepping out of a political crisis?

Despite highlighting its success in dealing with the pandemic, the Georgian Dream government has recognised the possibility of losing public and external support ahead of the parliamentary elections.

June 9, 2020 - Soso Dzamukashvili

Coronavirus of Georgian politics

The government of the Georgian Dream has been fairly successful with its gradual approach to tackling the pandemic. At the same time it found itself pitted against one of the most trusted institutions in the country, the Georgian Orthodox Church.

May 12, 2020 - Archil Sikharulidze

Georgia. A successful transformation and a challenge to the oligarchs

Georgia is one of the most successful examples of transformation and reform within the post-Soviet space. However current events – the weakening of democratic institutions and informal ruling – threaten the achievement of modernisation as well as the country’s trajectory towards the West.

Starting after independence, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia faced a number of critical challenges. First, a civil war broke out between the supporters and opponents of the first president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia. This was followed by the bloody conflicts in Abkhazia and the South Ossetia/Tskhinvali region. As a result of these events, Georgia lost control over a part of its territory, its industry and infrastructure were destroyed, and its GDP fell by 44 per cent. Under the leadership of President Eduard Shevardnadze from 1995 to 2003, the country experienced relative stability, yet this period was characterised by corruption of the state, criminality, and the inability of the state to cope with its functions.

April 6, 2020 - Dimitri Avaliani

The right to a fair trial in Georgia

Every attempt to reform the Georgian judiciary has been met with suspicion. It is no different when Georgian Dream pushes for them now.

February 24, 2020 - Archil Sikharulidze

The battle of the USSR in Georgia rages on

Nearly 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgians who have a sense of pride after they defeated the Soviet Union suddenly find themselves drifting back towards the cultural, informational and economic space of Russia. The stakes are high. There is no doubt that if the process of democratisation deteriorates in Georgia, it will certainly bring the country closer to Russia.
Georgia has always been considered one of the most pro-Western countries of the post-Soviet space. During the late Soviet period, Georgia, together with the three Baltic states, fought for an exit from the USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia and the Baltics were the only former republics that refused membership of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The first national non-communist Georgian government set the goal of turning the country into a European state.

January 28, 2020 - Beka Chedia

Rose Revolution 2.0

A step back to the past?

December 2, 2019 - Archil Sikharulidze

Is Ukraine the new Georgia?

On the similarities between the two political realities.

August 20, 2019 - Andrew Wilson

“It’s a shame!”

Anti-government demonstrations continue for the 4th consecutive day in Tbilisi.

June 24, 2019 - Anastasia Mgaloblishvili

Georgian Democracy: Pulling the blinds on a glass house

Buildings covered in glass have become a symbol of transparency and reform in Georgia. They have also become associated with a man who has placed himself above all that happens in Tbilisi.

May 6, 2019 - Nick Baigent

Don’t underestimate the uncertainty ahead for Georgia

Georgians are entering the new year with good news – salted with bad omens.

February 14, 2019 - Giorgi Lasha Kasradze

Making history

For the first time in the history of the South Caucasus states, a woman will hold the presidential post. Salome Zurabishvili who was recently elected as the President of the Republic of Georgia is also the last to be elected directly by citizens in accordance with the constitutional amendments. After a long and brutal political campaign which polarised society, Georgians are now facing a new situation. Their expectations remain limited.

December 14, 2018 - Jan Brodowski

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