Elections 2020

    Interviews
    28/10/2020 - 18:36

    Georgian Experts on October 31 Parliamentary Polls

    On October 31, Georgian voters will be casting ballots to elect the tenth convocation of the Georgian Parliament. According to the recently passed changes, the next…
    Op-eds
    26/10/2020 - 19:22

    Opinion | Georgians Need to Defend Their Democracy As They Defend Their Borders

    “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” The rise of Russia’s disinformation campaign in Georgia coincides with the country’s ongoing…
    Op-eds
    23/10/2020 - 19:06

    Op-ed | Time to Turn Georgia’s European Dream into Reality

    Georgia has been striving for its European future since the very first day of independence. Shared values and positive dynamics in our relations made us…
    Indepth
    23/10/2020 - 18:57

    Tribune | Region Reshaped: Nagorno-Karabakh is at a Critical Juncture

    As hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh continue, Azerbaijan’s military push towards the decisive strategic objective – the corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. It is likely, that Azerbaijan…
    Indepth
    17/10/2020 - 15:10

    Backgrounder: the “Cartographers’ Case”

    What’s happening: The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia opened a probe against two civil servants working at the Foreign Ministry and the Border Police, accusing them…
    Interviews
    16/10/2020 - 14:52

    Interview with Jillian Stirk, Head of ODIHR Election Observation Mission

    On October 31, Georgians are heading to the polls to elect the 10th convocation of their 150-member parliament. The elections are held through a significantly…

    Insight

      23/10/2020 - 18:57

      Tribune | Region Reshaped: Nagorno-Karabakh is at a Critical Juncture

      As hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh continue, Azerbaijan’s military push towards the decisive strategic objective – the corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. It is likely, that Azerbaijan will continue to capture by force the five provinces mentioned in the “Madrid Principles” of settlement agreed in 2009. This…
      17/10/2020 - 15:10

      Backgrounder: the “Cartographers’ Case”

      What’s happening: The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia opened a probe against two civil servants working at the Foreign Ministry and the Border Police, accusing them of conspiring to cede lands to Azerbaijan while being the members of the state commission on the delimitation of borders.…
      15/10/2020 - 12:06

      Saakashvili’s Leadership Claim Puts UNM Under Opposition Fire

      Since the United National Movement (UNM) – and the Strength in Unity coalition it leads – proposed Mikheil Saakashvili as their prime-ministerial hopeful, UNM increasingly attracted fire from other opposition parties, which strive to distance themselves from the toxic elements of Saakashvili’s legacy while claiming…
      08/10/2020 - 14:13

      Georgia’s Campaign Highlights Ahead of October Polls

      With new election laws in effect, the upcoming October 31 parliamentary polls in Georgia leaves much room for diverse campaigning of Georgian political parties – be it older and bigger forces, or newly-emerged, smaller entities. Civil.ge has compiled key campaign messages from most relevant political…
      25/09/2020 - 19:00

      Elections in Times of Pandemic: Who’s Watching October Polls in Georgia?

      The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) has reported that 6 international and 53 local organizations have so far registered to observe the October 31 parliamentary elections in Georgia. The health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected the conduct of elections and observation missions…
      16/09/2020 - 15:31

      Courts Reform Moves Ahead after Constitutional Court Split Ruling

      Georgia’s laws on the selection of the Supreme Court candidates have been so controversial, that on September 16 they even warranted a critical remark by the top EU diplomat, Josep Borrell at the European Parliament Plenary Session. Weeks after the split-vote ruling by the Constitutional…
        15/10/2020 - 12:06

        Saakashvili’s Leadership Claim Puts UNM Under Opposition Fire

        Since the United National Movement (UNM) – and the Strength in Unity coalition it leads – proposed Mikheil Saakashvili as their prime-ministerial hopeful, UNM increasingly attracted fire from other opposition parties, which strive to distance themselves from the toxic elements of Saakashvili’s legacy while claiming…
        08/10/2020 - 14:13

        Georgia’s Campaign Highlights Ahead of October Polls

        With new election laws in effect, the upcoming October 31 parliamentary polls in Georgia leaves much room for diverse campaigning of Georgian political parties – be it older and bigger forces, or newly-emerged, smaller entities. Civil.ge has compiled key campaign messages from most relevant political…
        25/09/2020 - 19:00

        Elections in Times of Pandemic: Who’s Watching October Polls in Georgia?

        The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) has reported that 6 international and 53 local organizations have so far registered to observe the October 31 parliamentary elections in Georgia. The health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected the conduct of elections and observation missions…
        16/09/2020 - 15:31

        Courts Reform Moves Ahead after Constitutional Court Split Ruling

        Georgia’s laws on the selection of the Supreme Court candidates have been so controversial, that on September 16 they even warranted a critical remark by the top EU diplomat, Josep Borrell at the European Parliament Plenary Session. Weeks after the split-vote ruling by the Constitutional…
        11/09/2020 - 22:50

        Who’s Who on Georgian Dream’s Electoral Lineup?

        The governing Georgian Dream party presented on September 10 top twenty MP candidates of its party list, who will be contesting in a proportional system in the October 31 parliamentary elections. So, what do you need to know about the Georgian Dream’s top party-list contenders?…
        11/09/2020 - 17:09

        Two out of five: in search of the lost voter

        The election statistics say three out of five eligible voters go to the polling stations in every or almost every election. What about those two who choose to stay at home? Who are they? We tried to trace their sociological portrait. Author: Khatuna Nachkebia has…
        01/09/2020 - 11:28

        Politicians, Youngsters don’t Hear You!

        As the elections approach, public opinion polls slowly crawl into the viewfinder of the media and onto the mental maps of the politicians. And while the contenders are comparing each others’ [ego] ratings, lots of sociological findings are ignored. Yet, sociologically speaking we know very…
        24/07/2020 - 16:32

        Survey Shows Attitudes towards Georgian Orthodox Church amid Pandemic

        By Dustin Gilbreath, Deputy Research Director at CRRC Georgia. One of the most controversial points in the COVID-19 crisis to date has been the Georgian Orthodox Church’s response. Of particular contention were the Church’s refusal to sanitize the communion spoon or to use a replacement…

        Op-ed

          26/10/2020 - 19:22

          Opinion | Georgians Need to Defend Their Democracy As They Defend Their Borders

          “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” The rise of Russia’s disinformation campaign in Georgia coincides with the country’s ongoing integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions. To derail Georgia from its path, Russia will most likely interfere in the upcoming parliamentary elections.…
          23/10/2020 - 19:06

          Op-ed | Time to Turn Georgia’s European Dream into Reality

          Georgia has been striving for its European future since the very first day of independence. Shared values and positive dynamics in our relations made us strategic partners with the EU. The EU is an important contributor to the security and economic and democratic development of…
          11/09/2020 - 13:31

          Amid Pandemic, Legal Residents not Welcome in Georgia

          Author: Timothy Blauvelt, Full Professor, Ilia State University When the current COVID-19 pandemic began early this spring, many countries closed their borders and restricted entry to foreigners. In nearly all such cases, legal residents are treated as citizens for purposes of entry, allowed to return…
          09/09/2020 - 14:35

          Disinformation: Can Georgian CSOs play a decisive role?

          Georgia’s current efforts to counter disinformation are neither tactical nor farsighted enough to reverse the long-term damage sowed by disinformation. Author: Caroline Sutcliffe is an award-winning media manager, political analyst and disinformation expert with with more than a decade of experience in Georgia and the…
          29/05/2020 - 16:24

          USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery

          By Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Over nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been key to the…
          07/05/2020 - 21:00

          100 Years Ago Today Soviet Russia Recognized Georgia. That Agreement Still Matters

          Author: Giorgi Kandelaki, Member of the Georgian Parliament, European Georgia Party When commenting on banning of flights to Georgia in June last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated popular point often heard in Moscow on Georgia: Both Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia were “gifted” to…
          07/05/2020 - 18:57

          Georgia’s Phantom Treaty

          “From now on, the Georgian Nation is accepted by the great nations, as equal – among equals”. Those were the spirited words of Noe Zhordania, President of the Government of Democratic Republic of Georgia, upon the de facto recognition of Georgia by the Allied Powers…
          11/03/2020 - 17:49

          Deal on Electoral Reforms: What Now?

          By Levan Tsutskiridze, Executive Director of Eastern European Center for Multi-party Democracy (EECMD) After direct mediation by senior U.S. and EU diplomats, sustained pressure from civil society and surprisingly long-lasting opposition unity, the Georgian political parties said they have reached the agreement on electoral system…
          20/02/2020 - 01:07

          Georgia’s Climate Change Opportunity

          By George Welton, Executive Director of AmCham, Georgia Georgia has long aspired to be at the heart of Europe. As the EU’s ambitious goals on climate change have given Georgia a great opportunity. By pledging to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, or 10 years ahead…
            28/10/2020 - 18:36

            Georgian Experts on October 31 Parliamentary Polls

            On October 31, Georgian voters will be casting ballots to elect the tenth convocation of the Georgian Parliament. According to the recently passed changes, the next Parliament will consist of 120 proportional and 30 majoritarian seats (change from 77/73 ratio), while the election threshold will be…
            26/10/2020 - 19:22

            Opinion | Georgians Need to Defend Their Democracy As They Defend Their Borders

            “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” The rise of Russia’s disinformation campaign in Georgia coincides with the country’s ongoing integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions. To derail Georgia from its path, Russia will most likely interfere in the upcoming parliamentary elections.…
            23/10/2020 - 19:06

            Op-ed | Time to Turn Georgia’s European Dream into Reality

            Georgia has been striving for its European future since the very first day of independence. Shared values and positive dynamics in our relations made us strategic partners with the EU. The EU is an important contributor to the security and economic and democratic development of…
            23/10/2020 - 18:57

            Tribune | Region Reshaped: Nagorno-Karabakh is at a Critical Juncture

            As hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh continue, Azerbaijan’s military push towards the decisive strategic objective – the corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. It is likely, that Azerbaijan will continue to capture by force the five provinces mentioned in the “Madrid Principles” of settlement agreed in 2009. This…
            16/10/2020 - 14:52

            Interview with Jillian Stirk, Head of ODIHR Election Observation Mission

            On October 31, Georgians are heading to the polls to elect the 10th convocation of their 150-member parliament. The elections are held through a significantly modified electoral system – following months-long protests and lengthy foreign mediated negotiations between the ruling Georgian Dream and opposition parties,…
            04/10/2020 - 15:18

            Opinion | With Belligerent Ankara, Russia’s Global Ambitions Hit a Regional Snag

            Ever since President Vladimir Putin has announced Russia “raising from its knees”, its geopolitical assertiveness was aimed as a global challenge to the established international order, epitomized by the erstwhile Cold War enemy, the United States and, by extension, the European Union. But the unraveling…

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              Two out of five: in search of the lost voter

              The election statistics say three out of five eligible voters go to the polling stations in every or almost every…

              Germany Declares two Russian Embassy Employees Non-Gratae for non-Cooperation on Khangoshvili Murder case

              The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on 4 December, that the Federal Foreign Office today declared two employees of the…

              Is Armenian Foreign Policy Changing? – A Conversation with Anahit Shirinyan

              More than a year has passed since mass protests in Armenia unseated a corrupt and unpopular regime of Prime Minister…

              Yerevan bids for closer ties with Tbilisi: will that work?

              The new Armenian government under Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan seeks to advance political and economic cooperation with Georgia, but conflicting…

              Q&A: What’s Behind Armenia’s Decision to Skip UNGA Vote on Georgia’s IDP Resolution?

              The United Nations General Assembly adopted on June 4 a resolution reiterating the right of return of all displaced persons…

              Faces of Protest: People who animate Georgia now

              Spontaneous protests that sprung up in Tbilisi starting June 20 have baffled many observers. These protests do not respond to…
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