Policy Memos

Iran and Georgia: Genuine Partnership or Marriage of Convenience?

Policy Memo:

186

Publication Date:

09-2011

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Since regaining its independence two decades ago, Georgia, a small weak state, has developed close relations with both regional and great powers and aligned with them in order to compensate for its weaknesses. As Georgia is perceived to be a close regional partner of the United States and was the recipient of roughly $4.5 billion in Western aid over the past three years, recent moves by the Georgian government to establish closer political and economic links with the Islamic Republic of Iran have caused some bewilderment in Western capitals. This memo examines Georgian foreign policy toward Iran and attempts to identify the main causes and motivations for Tbilisi’s affiliation with Tehran. [...]

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Director; Professor of Political Science
Georgian Institute of Politics; Tbilisi State University