Georgia

Policy Memos | Аналитика
Scott Radnitz 23 Oct 2012
The South Caucasus has inherited deeply ingrained historical narratives of being a pawn in games of geopolitical intrigue, from the Persian-Russian wars of the early 19th century, to the region’s forcible incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1921, to the Russia-Georgia War of 2008. In today’s Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, issues of national identity, territorial control, and geopolitical alignment remain unresolved while contemporary...
PONARS Eurasia 20 Oct 2017
(BBC) Georgians will vote in local elections on Saturday, and this year there is quite an unusual candidate. Originally from the UK, Joseph Alexander Smith has spent the last five years living in Georgia, and is now campaigning for changes in his adopted country - all from the back of his bicycle. It has been a rather unusual career change for the former librarian from London who is now an independent candidate in Georgia's forthcoming local and...
Tags: Kakachia, Georgia
PONARS Eurasia 02 Aug 2017
(RFI) US Vice President Mike Pence is on a visit to Russia’s former allies, Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro, which are now closer to the West than ever to the dismay of Moscow. Pence also said that that Moscow cutting 755 American diplomatic staff in Russia will not lessen the US commitment to its allies. Mike Pence continued his trip to Georgia and just the day before, The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises its “Noble...
Tags: Baev, Russia, Georgia, NATO
PONARS Eurasia 28 Jun 2017
(McClatchy) Weeks before his inauguration, Donald Trump was allied with a company in the former Soviet republic of Georgia that planned to build a 47-story luxury tower in the Black Sea resort of Batumi. The tower, nixed in early January, was to bear Trump’s name – in exchange for which he would receive royalties, as he does from similar arrangements around the world. But the company, Silk Road Group, had business ties and relationships that...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Jun 2017
(Panorama.am) The arrest of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli fully fits into the logic of Azerbaijan’s authorities to silence any criticism against the regime, Sergey Minasyan, political analyst, Deputy Head of Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute, said in an interview with Panorama.am. “This comes as a part of similar actions which are in fact based on Aliyev’s obsession with clinging onto power at any costs. People, who express anti...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jun 2017
(Eurasianet) Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries, thus making it look good on the regional freedom charts. But its eagerness to stay on good terms with authoritarian-minded neighbors like Azerbaijan and Turkey appears to be having a negative impact on Tbilisi’s rights record. In its increasingly aggressive campaign against critical journalists, the Azerbaijani government...
(3DCFTAs) Abstract: A general and strategic effect of EU’s Association Agreements and DCFTAs with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has been the extension of the concept of Europe and its wider opening to neighborhoods and margins. It is on this basis that a European normative order can be differentiated from both the ‘Russian world’ and Eurasian geopolitical space. However this paper argues that the process of association is not a...
PONARS Eurasia 26 May 2017
(Eurasianet) For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to escape persecution from authorities in neighboring Azerbaijan. But in recent months, a number of high-profile Azerbaijani opposition activists have been denied residency permits in Georgia, prompting accusations that Tbilisi is collaborating with Baku to make life more difficult for the Azerbaijani opposition. On April 19, an opposition rapper and journalist, Jamal Ali...

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