Government Crisis

      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…
      25/02/2021 - 23:14

      What Now? Experts on Ways Out of Georgia Crisis

      Georgia’s post-election crisis, with the major opposition parties boycotting the new Parliament took a deepening turn after the Georgian Dream government opted to give orders to the police to storm the UNM party office to detain opposition leader, Nika Melia. Melia, charged with inciting violence…
      25/02/2021 - 11:15

      Editorial | For The Republic, Reborn

      It was 100 years ago on this day, February 25, when one of the world’s worst totalitarian Empires has forced itself into the capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. Even though the battle continued for almost a month throughout the country,  Soviet Russia has…
      23/02/2021 - 13:46

      Editorial | Time to Pull the Handbrake

      The arrest of the opposition leader marks a turning point for Georgia. Not because cracking down on the opposition is exceptional in Georgia’s recent history – although the arrest of the opposition leader is. But because it is a culmination of a long trail of…
      12/02/2021 - 17:15

      In Quotes | MEPs on EU Association Implementation Report

      The recent EU Association Implementation Report said although Georgia remained committed to the implementation of  the Association Agreement and alignment of EU acquis, the country needed to address number of shortcomings of judiciary independence, democratic consolidation and high-level corruption. Civil Georgia asked leading MEPs on…
      12/02/2021 - 13:25

      History | Soviet Russia Invaded Georgia 100 Years Ago

      Q: We are having this conversation on 11 February. Exactly 100 years ago the detachments of Soviet Russia’s 11th Army started their military intervention, which led to the fall of Tbilisi on February 25 and to an eventual occupation of the whole of Georgia. Can…
      03/02/2021 - 23:44

      Ministers Reflect | Tamar Karosanidze (DMoD 2012-2014)

      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’ (or deputy ministers’) own words – what it takes to be…
      29/01/2021 - 19:49

      ECHR’s Georgia vs. Russia Judgment – Why It Matters and What Comes Next

      In a judgment on the interstate case of Georgia v. Russia (II), released on January 21, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) asserted that since August 12, 2008, Russia has exercised continued “effective control” over Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The Court also held…

      Op-ed

        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…
        27/03/2021 - 16:44

        Opinion | How to Reset Georgia’s Foreign Policy

        We have argued in the previous piece that the self-centered nature of Georgia’s foreign policy has outlived itself and can no longer protect the national interests adequately when both regional and international realities are changing. But what is the way out of this impasse? Author:…
        19/03/2021 - 21:36

        Op-ed | Crisis Must Bring Solutions

        The government is afraid to use the word “crisis.” Why do they insist there is no crisis? Why do they seek and find the new words for naming something that is so simple, and lies on the surface? It took Charles Michel, a politician who…
        03/03/2021 - 16:35

        Insight | Georgia’s Political System Must be Redressed to Allow Compromise

        According to one Georgian proverb, “you will see the road after a wagon overturns”, which preaches that catastrophe has to occur for the new horizon to appear. Sometimes the problem we encounter is so huge and systemic that we are not able to look past…
        02/03/2021 - 14:34

        Op-Ed | Time to Push for Consensus-based Politics in Georgia

        In Georgia, political rivalry equals enmity. In the words of Game of Thrones’ Cersei Lannister, “When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground.”  But as much some of Georgia’s historians would like us to believe, Georgia…
        02/01/2021 - 13:03

        Opinion | Time to change Georgia’s self-centered foreign policy

        As the year wanes, the political context around Georgia is changing. Mass protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, in Russia’s far-east, spread a breeze of transformation across the post-Soviet neighborhood. Festering regional conflagration also deeply changes the balance of power, creeping ever closer to Georgia –…
        19/12/2020 - 14:22

        Op-Ed | Georgian Democracy at Crossroads

        By Jelger Groeneveld, analyst, foreign policy advisor in a Dutch liberal party This week ruling Georgian Dream announced it would seek to suspend state funding to political parties that continue their boycott of Parliament, by proposing the introduction of a bill to that effect. So…
        13/11/2020 - 13:13

        Opinion | Armenia may benefit from defusing the Karabakh bomb

        Several years ago, when Serge Sarkisian became Armenia’s president, many Armenian friends of mine would remark, half-jokingly “its not Armenia that captured Karabakh, it is Karabakh that took over Armenia.” Indeed, many important positions in Yerevan were held by those who came from that region…
        11/11/2020 - 16:51

        Opinion | Nagorno-Karabakh: could there be a silver lining?

        Yesterday’s agreement on the secession of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, signed by Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia is a victory for Azerbaijan as well as for its ally in this conflict, Turkey. And while Armenia is on the losing side, if its elite proves its mettle, the…
        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…

        Featured

          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…
          10/03/2021 - 16:13

          International Women’s Day March in Tbilisi: Back to Basics

          Terrified, scores of people listened in silence as women were sharing their recollections of grave abuses, standing in the front yard of the Government Administration in Tbilisi. The performance, involving actresses retelling true stories of sexual violence endured by minors was a culmination of a…
          26/02/2021 - 23:30

          In Stats | Georgia’s Year With COVID-19

          Georgia marked on February 26 one year since the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. Civil.Ge offers a brief summary of one of the most challenging years in numbers. A year after revealing its first case, Georgia proper had confirmed a total of 270,137…
          26/02/2021 - 20:17

          Trends | Post-Election Shifts in Georgian Media

          As often the case in Georgia, the end of the parliamentary elections marks series of changes in the Georgian media, which reflect the realignment of the political forces and the exhaustion of the projects and financing that are linked to the election season. Against the…
          19/02/2021 - 19:41

          Insight | Abkhazia’s Energy Woes

          As if the economic and social problems linked to the pandemic were not serious enough, Abkhazia finds itself amidst a severe energy crisis. The region fails in curbing crypto-mining, overcoming the Enguri HPP shutdown, and effectively managing the Russian electricity received as a temporary alternative…
          19/02/2021 - 15:14

          Context | Garibashvili: Not a Man of Compromise

          Irakli Garibashvili has been tapped as Georgia’s new Prime Minister, after Giorgi Gakharia’s decision to quit over the coming pre-trial detention of Nika Melia, the UNM chair. Georgia’s foreign partners so ardently hope for de-escalation of political tensions, but if the track record Garibashvili’s first…
          15/02/2021 - 23:00

          Insight | Online Education Leaves Georgia’s Poor, Rural Pupils Behind

          The schools open in the country from today, as the government eased Covid-19-related restrictions. The Ministry of Education released the renewed recommendations and regulations for schools. Those parents who prefer to keep their children at home would be allowed to do so, the ministry says,…
          03/02/2021 - 13:24

          Suspense, Awkward Moments as Parliament Spring Season Opens

          On February 2 the new convocation of the Georgian Parliament opened with its first session, adding a few more controversies to Georgia’s troubled politics. Blame it on the West The Georgian Dream MPs abstained from revoking the mandates of the 51 opposition MPs – from…
          02/02/2021 - 15:53

          Tumultuous 2020 – Survey Tracks Georgians’ Attitudes Towards Key Issues

          The Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC), a think-tank, released the results of its nationwide biannual survey in Georgia – Caucasus Barometer 2020. First conducted in 2008, the survey covers a wide array of issues, including welfare, social attitudes, migration, health (COVID-19 crisis too this year),…
          02/02/2021 - 11:45

          Bailed Cartographer Assailed after Social Media Smear Campaign

          After their release on bail from pre-trial detention on January 28, Iveri Melashvili and Natalia Ilychova, two civil servants accused of trying to cede land to Azerbaijan, have been targeted in what appears to be a coordinated social media campaign aiming to discredit and vilify…
          29/01/2021 - 19:49

          ECHR’s Georgia vs. Russia Judgment – Why It Matters and What Comes Next

          In a judgment on the interstate case of Georgia v. Russia (II), released on January 21, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) asserted that since August 12, 2008, Russia has exercised continued “effective control” over Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The Court also held…
          18/01/2021 - 12:00

          COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Georgia: Waiting for Godot?

          A number of virus-ravaged nations across the world have already started to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination. Many governments have encountered serious difficulties in managing the process. Despite the government’s promises, Georgians, living through the second lockdown, are left guessing as to when exactly the…

          Photo Stories

            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…
            17/02/2021 - 19:53

            In Photos | the First Snow of the Year in Tbilisi

            The first snow of the year hit the Georgian capital today as schools and outdoor seating restaurants finally opened after…
            30/10/2020 - 19:25

            In Photos: Georgia Ahead of Parliamentary Vote

            On October 31, the citizens of Georgia will vote for 150-member parliament through a significantly modified mixed electoral system with…
            24/09/2020 - 14:17

            In Photos: Georgia’s 2020 Election Campaign

            On October 31, the citizens of Georgia will vote for 150-member parliament through a significantly modified mixed electoral system with…
            21/06/2020 - 12:00

            In Photos: One Year since Tbilisi Protests

            One year after the June 20-21 events, when scores of Georgians angered by Russian Duma MP Sergei Gavrilov’s presence in…
            08/04/2020 - 18:01

            In Photos: Coronavirus Lockdown in Tbilisi

            Click for slideshow: This post is also available in: ქართული (Georgian) Русский (Russian)
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