Posts by Kornely Kakachia

Корнелий Какачия 09-29-2020
(GIP) Since the 2008 Russia-Georgia War NATO-Georgia relations have been in limbo. While NATO has never formally closed its doors on Georgia, the alliance has become more skeptical of enlargement and warier of Russian interests. While Georgia’s practical NATO integration has continued to deepen, it still remains below the threshold of membership. This policy paper maps the main interests, mismatches, perceptions and misperceptions in the relations between...
Корнелий Какачия 06-19-2020
(EU-LISTCO) This paper explores the extent to which global and diffuse risks impact the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries of the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood and identifies tipping points at which risks can turn into immediate threats for the EaP countries, with implications for the EU. We apply five major risk categories to the EaP area that cover the majority of global and diffuse risks and suggest their prioritization based on temporality, probability...
Корнелий Какачия 12-10-2019
(Carnegie Europe) (Co-authored with Bidzina Lebanidze) The EU should help Georgia overcome its latest political crisis and in that way invest in the further democratization and stability of the wider region. It’s a repetition Georgia could do without. This strategically important country in the Caucasus has been beset by yet another political crisis. This time, the catalyst was the government’s failure to follow through on its promise to reform Georgia’s...
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Корнелий Какачия 12-05-2019
(EUobserver) The EU's eastern neighbourhood is in flux. The collapse of the pro-reform government in Moldova and the stagnation of anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine was recently followed yet by another political crisis in Georgia. On 14 November, Georgia's ruling party, the Georgian Dream (GD) backtracked from its major political promise to introduce the proportional electoral system for the next year's parliamentary elections. The opposition and civil...
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Корнелий Какачия 11-05-2018
(civil.ge) On October 28, Georgians went to polls to elect their fifth president. Runoff between the two top contenders – the ruling party-backed Salome Zurabishvili and the opposition candidate Grigol Vashadze – will be held later this month or early December. To reflect on the first round of the presidential elections, we have asked three Georgian professors – Ghia Nodia, Kornely Kakachia and Tornike Sharashenidze, to assess the election results, as...
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Корнелий Какачия 10-30-2018
(BBC) It takes guts to eat raw chilli. But in Georgia it has become a matter of political conviction. Opponents of one of the top presidential candidates, Salome Zurabishvili, have signed up for a "chilli pepper challenge" on social media to protest her candidacy in elections on Sunday. They find her so distasteful they would rather eat hot chillies than see her elected as president. "No to Salome Zurabishvili," says one Facebook user as he struggles to...
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Корнелий Какачия 10-02-2018
Речь грузинского премьер-министра в ООН вызвала раздражение Москвы. Грузия пользуется поддержкой на всех уровнях в Соединенных Штатах – так глава грузинского правительства Мамука Бахтадзе подвел итоги своего официального визита в США. «Со стороны Белого дома, Госдепартамента, Конгресса и экспертного сообщества США у Грузии есть полная, максимальная поддержка в вопросе проведения реформ и в желании страны стать членом НАТО и Евросоюза... У нас есть...
Корнелий Какачия 09-24-2018
Правящая партия Грузии Грузинская мечта - Демократическая Грузия в начале сентября поддержала формально независимую кандидатуру Саломе Зурабишвили на пост президента. Эксперты считают, что благодаря этому ее шансы на победу довольно высоки и Зурабишвили может стать первой женщиной, которая займет президентский пост в Грузии […] В то же время, директор Грузинского института политики Корнелий Какачия уверен, что Зурабишвили вряд ли будет во всем соглашаться...
Корнелий Какачия 11-09-2017
(Atlantic Council) (Co-authored with J. Larsen) Russian President Vladimir Putin recently requested a UN peacekeeping mission for eastern Ukraine. While at home this looks like a peace overture, Putin is not motivated by the desire for amity. The proposal is similar to Russian actions in Georgia prior to 2008, when it supported a UN observer mission in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone and an OSCE mission in South Ossetia in addition to its own “...
Корнелий Какачия 08-08-2017
(Caucasus Analytical Digest) The relationship between religion and politics continues to be an important theme disputed and interpreted differently amongst politicians and scholars. The same is true for the relationship between democracy and religion. While there is no general consensus about the topic, everyone realizes the importance of the debates between religion and democracy. As former British Prime Minister Tony Blair eloquently noted, “We need...

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