Kakachia

PONARS Eurasia 16 Jan 2021
(Eurasianet) When Joe Biden becomes president of the United States on January 20, he will be surrounded by a foreign policy team with deep experience in the former Soviet Union. But it remains an open question whether Washington will again be able, or even willing, to wield significant influence in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Biden himself has long been one of Washington’s most prominent...
Kornely Kakachia 28 Oct 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) Recently, Georgia’s ruling party, Georgian Dream (GD), proclaimed its intention to formally apply for EU membership in 2024, against all odds. The statement was made at an important time: just as the Black Sea country heads toward parliamentary elections on October 31, 2020. The democratic quality of the elections will have a significant impact on Georgia’s...
Kornely Kakachia 29 Sep 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,...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Sep 2020
(Eurasianet) Georgia’s leading opposition party has nominated its polarizing leader, former president Mikheil Saakashvili, as its candidate for prime minister in elections next month. The move means the upcoming vote will be an explicit contest between the two fiercest rivals in Georgian politics: Saakashvili and the leader of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party, Bidzina Ivanishvili. The...
Kornely Kakachia 19 Jun 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...
PONARS Eurasia 11 May 2020
(New Statesman) On 28 April, as Vladimir Putin delivered his latest address to the nation amid the coronavirus crisis, the mood was grim. “We have not passed the peak,” he warned. “We are now facing probably the most difficult stage of our struggle with this pandemic”.  After an illusory few weeks, in which Russia seemed to have avoided the disasters unfolding elsewhere, Covid-19...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Mar 2020
(Global Voices) Well into the new year, many Georgians believe that their government isn't keeping its resolutions. Recently, those who demand that this October's parliamentary elections be “more democratic” have had two venues to engage with the ruling party. They can either attend roundtable negotiations brokered by foreign diplomats, or protest outside the parliament building in the...