Elections 2020

    Analysis
    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 Daily Dispatch
    15/09/2020 - 00:55

    The Daily Dispatch – September 14

    OPTIMISTIC — CONFIDENCE OR HUBRIS — FOR GOOD, OLD DAYS’ SAKE This is the Daily Dispatch, our editorial take on Georgia-related developments of the day,…
    Indepth
    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…
    Analysis
    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…
    Op-eds
    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…
    Op-eds
    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…

    Insight

      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?…
      05/05/2020 - 01:32

      On Recognition of Georgia by Entente Powers: January 14, 1920

      Noe Zhordania (also spelled Noé Jordania), President of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. “Citizens! Allow me to congratulate you, to congratulate the Georgian people on joining the community of nations with unfurled banners, and on assuming our equal station among the peoples…
      17/04/2020 - 12:46

      In Georgia, State Bows to Church amid Coronavirus Crisis

      As Georgian Orthodox Church defies government-imposed restrictions ahead of the Easter festivities, the country braces for further virus fallout.   Tornike Zurabashvili is former editor of Civil.ge and a fellow at the Eurasia Democratic Security Network (EDSN). Read his other articles on Civil.ge The Coronavirus crisis…
      15/04/2020 - 14:51

      The Four Musketeers at Frontline of Georgia’s Fight against Pandemic

      Exceptional circumstances have brought three men and a woman, physicians by training, to the forefront of Georgia’s fight against the pandemic. Known previously to only few, all four have now become household names. With 296 people infected and death toll standing at 3 so far,…
      22/03/2020 - 23:01

      Georgian Orthodox Church Defies Some Emergency Rules amid Coronavirus Pandemic

      Sunday Liturgy went on unhindered in thousands of churches belonging to the Georgian Orthodox Church (GOC) today in Georgia, despite a state of emergency imposed yesterday. Even though the government vowed to ban gathering in of groups of more than ten people, Georgia’s preeminent church…
        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…
        07/07/2020 - 13:00

        Batumi: Travails of the City

        Irakli Iremadze is a historian, researcher of the First Republic. He is a staff writer at Republic-100 and a researcher at SOVLAB – Soviet Past Research Laboratory. 7 July marks one hundred years since the city of Batumi and its province were reunited into the…
        30/05/2020 - 13:56

        Soviet-Era Monument Steals the Show in Georgia’s COVID-hit Marneuli

        It seemed as if life was slowly returning to normal after a two-month-long lockdown had been lifted in Georgia’s virus-stricken Marneuli Municipality – ethnic Azeri majority area south of Tbilisi – on May 18. But then a Georgian Orthodox Bishop delivered a rabble-rousing Sunday sermon,…
        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…
        05/05/2020 - 01:32

        On Recognition of Georgia by Entente Powers: January 14, 1920

        Noe Zhordania (also spelled Noé Jordania), President of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. “Citizens! Allow me to congratulate you, to congratulate the Georgian people on joining the community of nations with unfurled banners, and on assuming our equal station among the peoples…
        17/04/2020 - 12:46

        In Georgia, State Bows to Church amid Coronavirus Crisis

        As Georgian Orthodox Church defies government-imposed restrictions ahead of the Easter festivities, the country braces for further virus fallout.   Tornike Zurabashvili is former editor of Civil.ge and a fellow at the Eurasia Democratic Security Network (EDSN). Read his other articles on Civil.ge The Coronavirus crisis…

        Op-ed

          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…
          31/01/2020 - 14:19

          Lavrov’s Possible Georgia Visit: Russia has Responsibilities too

          The Georgian government intends to host the 130th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Tbilisi, in May. Controversy over the potential head of Russia’s delegation may well become the pivotal question of this event, rather than what Georgia’s Presidency…
          25/01/2020 - 14:30

          Justice Minister Tsulukiani Puts Her Pride before Duty

          Saba Brachveli, a lawyer at Ombudsperson’s office By publicly exposing the identities of prisoners that met the Ombudsperson and by filming the meetings of the Ombudspersons’ meetings with prisoners, the Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani has undermined the carefully constructed bridge of trust that protects…
            15/09/2020 - 00:55

            The Daily Dispatch – September 14

            OPTIMISTIC — CONFIDENCE OR HUBRIS — FOR GOOD, OLD DAYS’ SAKE This is the Daily Dispatch, our editorial take on Georgia-related developments of the day, delivered to your mailboxes. ODDBALL The NDI surveys, administered by a respected local pollster, CRRC come to be regarded as…
            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…
            09/09/2020 - 12:14

            The Daily Dispatch – September 8

            PRESIDENT WHO? — RUSSIA FLEXING MUSCLE — JUSTICE DELAYED — PICKING OUT FAKES This is the Daily Dispatch, our editorial take on Georgia-related developments of the day, delivered to your mailboxes every day, except weekends, Tbilisi-time. That’s what the day looked like: NOT IMPRESSED As…
            08/09/2020 - 14:10

            The Daily Dispatch – September 7

            WAITING FOR THE GODOT — DEMOCRACY’S WHEELS ARE SPINNING — PLENTY TOO CHOOSE FROM — NATO ROLLING THROUGH UNCLE JOE’S HOOD This is the Daily Dispatch, our editorial take on Georgia-related developments of the day, delivered to your mailboxes every evening, except weekends, Tbilisi-time. That’s…
            05/09/2020 - 14:39

            The Daily Dispatch – September 4

            GEORGIA IN FOREIGN SPOTLIGHT — LAB RATS ATTACK —- ELECTION SEASON BLUES — SWEAR IT NOT This is the Daily Dispatch, our editorial take on Georgia-related developments of the day, delivered to your mailboxes every evening, except weekends, Tbilisi-time. That’s what the day looked like:…

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