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 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...
(EurasiaNet) (Co-authored with J. Larsen) Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili led a triumphant delegation in late March on a visit to Athens and then Brussels. The Georgian officials were celebrating a hard-fought victory, as the European Union finally made good on its promise to allow Georgians to travel to Europe visa-free.   But while Georgia has taken a step closer to the EU, the democratization process at home seems to be...
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Policy Memos | Аналитика
(PONARS Policy Memo) Although the South Caucasus has been overshadowed by events in the Middle East and Ukraine, the region continues to be strategically important, especially for Russia and the EU. The ethno-political conflicts in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabagh (NK), as well as the spread of Islamist views, have direct bearing on Russia’s internal security.[1] The EU has been seeking to diversify energy supplies by promoting...

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