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…
      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…

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        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…
        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…

        Photo Stories

          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)
          06/01/2020 - 19:28

          In Photos: Iranian Embassy Holds Vigil for Soleimani in Tbilisi

          On January 6, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tbilisi held vigil for Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani,…
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