Op-ed

    30/11/2021 - 18:03

    Farewell | 4 Years of Representing NATO in Georgia

    Author: Rosaria Puglisi, the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia It’s time to pack my bags and say my good-byes. After four memorable years, my term as the Head of the NATO Liaison Office (NLO) in Georgia is coming to an end. During…
    21/11/2021 - 10:00

    Op-Ed | Georgian Dream Deliberately Frustrates Western Friends

    By Jelger Groeneveld, Dutch D66 party, Board Member International Cooperation Division Friday would have marked the 50th day of Mikheil Saakashvili’s hunger strike in state captivity, amidst mounting concerns of his health condition and refusal of government authorities to transfer the former president to a…
    01/09/2021 - 16:09

    Perilous Choice: Georgia’s COVID Elections

    Laura Thornton is director and senior fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. Previously, she was director of global programs at International IDEA, a Stockholm-based intergovernmental think-tank with the mission to advance democracy. She has also led the National Democratic…
    25/07/2021 - 21:40

    Tribune |”Sack me if you can!”

    Zaal Andronikashvili, Ilia State University/Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research. This article first appeared (in Georgian) on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Georgian service page. It has been insignificantly adapted by Civil.ge for an English-language audience. “Sack me, if you can!” gloated Vice Premier…
    24/07/2021 - 12:24

    Tribune | Wide Coalition Needed to Defend Democracy

    Levan Tsutskiridze is Executive Director of the Eastern European Center for Multi-party Democracy (EECMD) Georgia has witnessed unbelievable violence during the first week of July. The homophobic mob, egged on by the religious extremists that are entrenched in the Georgian Orthodox Patriarchy and encouraged by…
    19/07/2021 - 01:34

    The Falling Darkness

    by Regis Gente As the airplane of the European Council President Charles Michel touched down in Batumi, it was hard to shake off the feeling of déjà vu. Once again, the top European official visits Georgia immersed in a tense, almost intractable political crisis. Charles…
    17/06/2021 - 18:26

    Tribune | Georgia has abandoned efforts to advance on NATO membership

    Giorgi Kandelaki is a former MP and member of European Georgia There is a prevalent view amongst Georgia’s supporters that – perhaps not as intensely as during the previous government – Georgia is still doing its best to progress towards NATO membership, and that the…
    10/06/2021 - 17:03

    A New Theory of Change for Failed Judicial Reform

    Authors: Sopho Verdzeuli – Independent researcher, Master’s degree in Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory at Birkbeck University Vakhushti Menabde, Associate Professor at Ilia State University School of Law, Director of the Democratic Institutions Support Program at the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association The frustration with the results…
    24/05/2021 - 17:21

    Georgia Must Build the Moral Case for its European Future

    Author: Natalie Sabanadze is Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. She was the Head of Georgian Mission to the EU from 2013 to 2021. Georgia needs to build an irrefutable moral case for membership in the EU. It should demonstrate…
    19/05/2021 - 17:03

    Op-Ed | Namakhvani Is Just a Small Part of a Much Bigger Problem

    Author: Rati Gabidauri, a consultant to governments and private companies on issues of energy policy and economic development. Rati Gabidauri is a pen name. Our government has gotten much criticism over the way it has handled the Namakhvani project. It is true that the project…
    26/04/2021 - 18:32

    Op-ed | Georgia’s Representatives Must Learn to Distinguish their Friends from Enemies

    Author: Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Professor of Politics at Dublin City University Georgia is on our minds in Ireland but for the wrong reasons. Earlier this month, the Georgian ambassador, wrote a three-page letter to the president of Dublin City University (DCU) complaining that students taking…
    29/03/2021 - 17:31

    Op-Ed | Georgia’s Election Administration Needs Complete Overhaul

    The ongoing post-election crisis, which had overshadowed many of Georgia’s more pressing problems, is awaiting a solution during the second cycle of EU-led mediation. The deal, if achieved, will likely encompass some short-term fixes and agreements on a range of issues. Hopefully, we can also…
    • The Dispatch

      Dispatch – November 29/30: The Trial

      Saakashvili Trial: Key Takeaways – UNM Member Suspects Misha’s Slow Murder Plot – Rumors of Garibashvili Replacement – Ivanishvili’s Bermuda Hearings Humankind – and its best minds – may have invented court proceedings for people…

    • The Dispatch

      Dispatch – November 25/26: Schadenfreude

      Saakashvili: New Escalation in Sight? – Sincere Talk of Ex-President’s Son Sparks Discussions – Anger in Batumi Brings Back Dark Memories – Culture Minister and Chronicles of Suspicious Dismissals Georgians love drama – look at…

    • The Dispatch

      The Dispatch – November 22/23: Utopia

      Rose Revolution Anniversary – To Ban or Not To Ban the “Alt-Right” Party – Politicians with Big Ideas – Georgia Ponders Activation Policies – Brave Judge Acquits Activist Now that the government ended its reckless…

    From Archives

      04/10/2021 - 20:25

      Pundits Talk Key Takeaways from Local Elections

      Two days after October 2 municipal elections, discussions continue over key takeaways from the vote and the less anticipated outcomes. The Georgian Dream party scored well above 43%, a number widely suggested as a threshold for its legitimacy after the EU-brokered April 19 deal, while…
      12/07/2021 - 15:58

      Georgia Lurches Towards Illiberalism

      “The times when the minority decided the fate of the majority are gone,” said Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili today, saying he will only listen to the will of “95% of the population.“ “Stop threatening and scaring me and the majority of this country with the…
      05/07/2021 - 10:35

      Ministers Reflect | Ketevan Bochorishvili (MESD 2012-2017)

      Ministers Reflect is a new interview series on “how to be effective in government”, following a model developed by the Institute for Government in London. The series seeks to capture – in former ministers’ own words – what it takes to be an effective government…
      22/04/2021 - 14:11

      Q&A | The Deal is Signed: What now?

      After months of the deepening political crisis that followed the October 31 parliamentary elections, the ruling Georgian Dream and part of the boycotting opposition MPs signed the EU-mediated compromise on April 19. Yet, controversies persist: the United National Movement, the opposition party that got most…
      18/04/2021 - 12:17

      Opposition Politicians on Namakhvani HPP Protests

      Thousands have been protesting in western Georgia against the construction of the Namakhvani Hydropower Plant on the Rioni River for months now. The project encompasses two separate HPPs of 333 MW and 100 MW on the Rioni River. The Government of Georgia hopes to enhance…
      16/04/2021 - 22:25

      Interview | On the Soviet Past, Myths and Relevance

      The centennial anniversary of the Soviet occupation induced discussion in Georgia about the Soviet past, distinctly demonstrating that the opinions about the Soviet Union still differ in the society. As some experts argue, the Soviet Georgia is a largely understudied topic that requires a deeper…
      16/04/2021 - 12:55

      Interview | Turkish Ambassador on Bilateral Ties with Georgia, Namakhvani HPP

      Thousands have been protesting in the western city of Kutaisi and the Rioni River Valley against the construction of the nearby Namakhvani Hydropower Plant for months now. The project encompasses two separate HPPs of 333 MW and 100 MW on the Rioni River. The Government…
      13/04/2021 - 18:35

      Q&A | How Can Gali Residents be Heard?

      The tragic drowning of the four Gali residents who were trying to cross Enguri river towards the Tbilisi-controlled Zugdidi district has made headlines in the Georgian media. Their daily plight comes into sharper focus on the back of the news, that over three thousand were…
      12/04/2021 - 12:10

      From Khulo to Namakhvani to Gardabani, Georgia’s Activists in Spotlight

      Georgia’s current political crisis pushes numberless pressing issues the country is facing into the background. Civil Georgia spoke to activists from different corners of the country, who alone or as part of larger movements, are mobilizing public opinion on issues like the rights of ethnic…
      01/04/2021 - 14:32

      Insight | Soviet Occupation Centennial Reminds of the Unresolved Past

      On a melancholic day of February 25, Georgia marked 100 years since the Soviet army took over Tbilisi, ending the independence of the first, ephemeral social-democratic Republic. Georgia recaptured its statehood only in 1991, but even after 30 years, the shadow of the Soviet occupation…
      18/03/2021 - 20:29

      Q&A | Why is Georgia on EU’s Mind?

      Georgia has been used to the EU being a concerned and sympathetic but relatively distant watcher of internal politics. The degree of engagement now – through Council President Charles Michel, mediation by special representative Danielsson, concern from all tiers in Brussels – has been surprising.…
      15/03/2021 - 13:47

      Ministers Reflect | Kaha Baindurashvili (MoF 2009-2011)

      Ministers Reflect is a new interview series on “how to be effective in government”, following a model developed by the Institute for Government in London. The series seeks to capture – in former ministers’ own words – what it takes to be an effective government minister, what challenges…

      Photo Stories

        28/10/2021 - 17:10

        In Photos: Georgia’s 2021 Runoff Campaign

        On October 30, Georgians will vote in local election runoffs to elect 20 mayors, including those for five self-governing cities…
        02/10/2021 - 17:25

        In Photos: Election Day in Tbilisi

        3,497,345 Georgian citizens are eligible to vote in 3,664 polling stations across the country (excluding Russian occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South…
        13/07/2021 - 15:52

        In Photos: Georgia Bids Farewell to Journalist Aleksandre Lashkarava

        Hundreds of mourners are bidding farewell to cameraman Aleksandre Lashkarava, who was found dead on July 11, few days after…
        26/05/2021 - 00:32

        In Photos: Namakhvani Protesters Disrupt Tbilisi Traffic

        On May 25, the third day of protest in Tbilisi against Namakhvani Hydropower Plant, the project opponents marched Republic Square…
        17/05/2021 - 16:18

        In Photos | Vasadze Hosts Ultra-Conservative Rally in Tbilisi

        Ultra-conservative businessman Levan Vasadze, known for his hardline homophobic and xenophobic stance, hosted a rally in Tbilisi on May 16,…
        08/03/2021 - 23:59

        In Photos | “The March of 1000 Parents”

        Women’s rights activists held “the March of 1000 Parents” in Tbilisi on March 8, International Women’s Day, to advocate for…
        24/02/2021 - 01:00

        In Photos | Opposition Protests Nika Melia’s Detention

        In the aftermath of United National Movement Chair Nika Melia’s detention, opposition leaders and scores of anti-governmental protesters gathered outside…
        23/02/2021 - 23:19

        In Photos | UNM HQ After Police Raid

        Police stormed the United National Movement headquarters early in the morning of February 23 to detain the party’s leader, Nika…
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