26/01/2023 - 17:48

    Op-ed | Education Needs Changes, Changes Need Educated Society

    Georgia should invest at least 5% of its gross national income and 14% of its budget in education if it wants to move up one level in the PISA index, which measures the performance of secondary school students and, thus, the quality of education. A…
    24/01/2023 - 18:09

    Op-ed | Renew Accent on Education to Shape Citizens

    By Rostom Chkheidze, Member of the Parliament of Georgia from the United National Movement – United Opposition ‘Strength is in Unity’ Faction, Deputy Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, and a member of the Education and Science Committee. Rostom Chkheidze is an author, translator, and…
    19/01/2023 - 14:47

    Obituary | Vakhtang Kikabidze – A Man who Once Embodied “Georgian”

    Tornike Zurabashvili was an editor of Civil.ge I spent my Sunday evening re-watching Mimino, an iconic Georgian comedy of 1977, making it perhaps the tenth time I have seen it in my not-so-long lifetime. This time, my reasons were much more sentimental. A lead actor who…
    12/01/2023 - 18:08

    Opinion | Europe can’t afford Georgia’s fatal outcome

    Zurab Tchiaberashvili is Georgia’s former Ambassador to the Council of Europe and the U.N. Office in Geneva It seems impossible to imagine Georgia’s European perspective without resolving the issue of President Mikheil Saakashvili. However uncomfortable that might be for some, legally questionable charges against him…
    16/11/2022 - 18:01

    Opinion | Georgia’s Biased Courts are Damaging Cultural Heritage and the Environment Too

    For every year that Georgia’s feudal system of government persists, the rot in its institutions grows deeper. Ted Jonas is an international lawyer and environmental activist who has lived in Georgia for many years. Georgia is a constitutional democracy on paper. It has an executive…
    05/11/2022 - 13:47

    Opinion | Polarization Pays

    Lika Chkhetiani studies Political Science at Central European University Georgia suffers from intense political polarization – this has become a common political talking point domestically and internationally. Polarization is blamed for protracted political crises, the deterioration of democracy, and inefficient public institutions. Not surprisingly, depolarization is…
    17/06/2022 - 11:53

    Opinion | Georgia’s Yanukovich Moment

    Author: Ted Jonas is an international lawyer and environmental activist who has lived in Georgia for many years. Georgia is having a Yanukovich moment. That time when the government of Ukraine in 2013-2014 got orders from Moscow to drop the EU association process. The government…
    26/05/2022 - 10:59

    EU Should Not Heed the Calls to Differentiate Associated Trio’s Applications

    Irakli Sirbiladze is a Foreign Affairs analyst, holding an MA degree in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London. His wider research interests include International Relations Theory, Georgian Foreign Policy and Russian Foreign Policy. As Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova – three Associated Trio nations…
    22/05/2022 - 14:09

    Op-ed | Refeudalization rather than Polarization

    Hans Gutbrod is a long-time analyst of Georgia and the Caucasus. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is on Twitter at @HansGutbrod. With the jailing of Nika Gvaramia, we should bury once and for all the term…
    28/03/2022 - 17:47

    Putin’s Playbook in Ukraine Is a Century Old

    Largely ignored in the discussion of Russia’s strategy in its war on Ukraine is the story of what may have been the first successful conquest of a foreign country by the Soviet Union.  Vladimir Putin, who is obsessed with history, is certainly familiar with this…
    18/02/2022 - 19:24

    Where Abkhaz Students (Can’t) Study?

    Author: Giorgi Kanashvili, peace and conflict specialist I have been part of Georgian-Abkhaz dialogue for fifteen years now. One of the topics the Abkhaz constantly raise is about Tbilisi isolating Abkhazia from the West, and pushing them to look for alternatives. In this region, one…
    02/02/2022 - 20:05

    Op-Ed | Local Governance Reform Can Strengthen Georgian Democracy from the Ground Up

    By Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Last year’s local elections were held under difficult circumstances, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic and a tense environment before and during election day. Despite these factors, voter turnout was 52%, significantly higher than in the previous local elections. This…
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      The Daily Beat: 27 January

      Georgian-Polish defense venture successfully tested new drones at the Krtsanisi Support Center shooting ground. WB Electronics, a major Polish defense contractor, has partnered with state-owned Georgian Delta LLC to manufacture combat and intelligence unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The government said the joint venture will “manufacture hundreds of drones a year.” WB Electronics also makes the same drones for the Ukrainian army at a joint venture there. The Georgia Defense Ministry said it would launch the…

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      04/08/2022 - 17:18

      In Stalin’s Growing Shadow

      The mood was solemn on 30 July at a dilapidated house in central Tbilisi, as speaker after speaker from Soviet…
      24/05/2022 - 12:00

      Taming the Garden: You Haven’t Seen It All

      Nini Gabritchidze was the author of The Dispatch. She is now a freelance journalist. Lately, Georgians have been rushing to…
      24/07/2021 - 13:43

      Redjeb Jordania Obituary

      Redjeb Jordania died on July 15, 2021, almost 100 years after his birth in the French town of Vanves in…
      16/11/2019 - 00:12

      In Photos: Civil.ge Joins EUMM Patrol, Visits Occupation Line

      On Wednesday, November 13, together with his colleagues, Civil.ge’s Otar Kobakhidze joined the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) patrols to…
      26/03/2018 - 13:11

      Reclaiming Georgia’s Feminist Heritage

      The sun and colors of early Tbilisi spring in the air, a colorful group gathers at the stairs of the…
      10/07/2017 - 14:13

      Women affected by Abkhazia’s abortion ban

      A year and a half after Abkhazia banned abortion, reportedly to increase the number of births, reports of women’s deaths…


        29/12/2022 - 18:56

        The Dispatch 2022 | Year in Review

        As we slowly roll into the new year, the ending of 2022 in Georgia does not appear to be much…
        31/12/2020 - 21:02

        2020 in Georgia: Year in Review

        To say that 2020 was an eventful year is an understatement. Like every other nation on the planet, Georgia has…
        31/12/2019 - 15:12

        2019: The Year in Review

        2019 has been a year of political and security tribulations. No tangible progress has been reached on occupied territories as…

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          03/07/2022 - 22:54

          Photo-story | Rally at the Parliament, Moves to GD Office

          Crowds started to gather, as the activists and opposition geared for their third reunion, calling for quicker accession to the…
          21/06/2022 - 13:23

          In Photos | Massive Pro-EU Rally in Tbilisi

          On June 20, tens of thousands of Georgians have rallied on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, to support Georgia’s accession…
          26/05/2022 - 16:45

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          24/05/2022 - 23:57

          In Photos: Georgians Supporting Ukraine

          Three months into Russia’s bloody war in Ukraine, ordinary Georgians all across the country continue hanging Ukrainian flags and colors…
          24/03/2022 - 11:14

          In Photos | Georgians Attend Grim Homecoming for Fighters Killed in Ukraine

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          27/02/2022 - 03:15

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