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Jeffrey Mankoff: Western-integrated Georgia is in U.S. Interests

Jeffrey Mankoff. Photo: Center for Strategic and International Studies / Flickr Jeffrey Mankoff is deputy director and senior fellow at the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Zviad Adzinbaia spoke with him on behalf of Civil.Ge about prospects of advancing U.S.-Georgia bilateral security …

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Elena Pokalova on How to Counter Extremism, Radicalization in Georgia

Elena Pokalova is a professor at the National Defense University and an expert on security issues with a focus on terrorism and counterterrorism. On March 12, the Georgian Center for Security and Development hosted a roundtable discussion on radicalization and violent extremism that gathered government and think tanks professionals. Their aim: to …

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Q&A: Would ISIS Fighters Return to Georgia?

A screengrab from the Islamic State’s Georgian-language propaganda video, 2015. Dozens of militants from Georgia have reportedly joined Daesh and other militants groups in Syria during the last few years. Experts have long warned that as the Islamic State disintegrated as a territorial entity, those who survived were likely to …

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Interior Minister on His Reform Agenda, Priorities in the Office

Giorgi Gakharia, the Minister of Interior. Photo: MIA Giorgi Gakharia was appointed the Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister in November 2017, switching unusually from the portfolio of the Minister of Economy. One of the crucial positions in the cabinet, the Interior portfolio implies the highest level of trust …

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MEP Harms: Çabuk’s Release ‘Great Joy and Relief’

MEP Rebecca Harms chairs the 60-member European Parliament Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. Photo: facebook.com/RebeccaHarmsMEP/ MEP Rebecca Harms, who chairs the 60-member European Parliament Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, a parliamentary cooperation format uniting 110 lawmakers from the European Parliament and the Eastern Partnership countries, was in Georgia …

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New Zealand Academic: Political Change in Nauru Could Lead to Withdrawal of Abkhazia, S.Ossetia Recognition

South Ossetian and Abkhaz “foreign ministers,” Dmitry Medoev and Daur Kove, respectively, together with Grigory Logvinov, ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Nauru, February 1, 2018. Photo: mfa-rso.su Members of the Russian-backed Sokhumi and Tskhinvali authorities were on a visit to Nauru last week, where they met the …

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Q&A: Crisis in Sokhumi and its Potential Consequences

Pardoning and the subsequent release of Giorgi Lukava, a 51-year-old ethnic Georgian, from Abkhazia’s Dranda prison has stirred anti-government protests in the region, with opposition members and activists slamming Abkhaz leader Raul Khajimba for his decision to hand over the prisoner to Tbilisi and demanding his resignation. We have asked …

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Evelyn Farkas: Javelin missiles will deter Moscow from further military action

Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas. Photo: screengrab from VoA interview Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, spoke to Voice of America’s Ia Meurmishvili on Javelin weapons acquisition, Trump administration’s policy towards Georgia and the former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s political activities in Ukraine. The U.S. State …

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Senator Shaheen: U.S. should help Georgia defend itself

Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Photo: VoA Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat-New Hampshire), who is a member of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees, told Voice of America’s Ia Meurmishvili that she believes the United States should do everything to help Georgia defend itself, and Georgia on its part, should implement reforms necessary …

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Arkady Ostrovsky: Russia rewrites history all the time

Arkady Ostrovsky. Photo: Screengrab from VoA interview Voice of America’s Ani Chkhikvadze sat down with Arkady Ostrovsky, British journalist and an Eurasia Editor at the Economist, to discuss challenges post-Soviet states face today and ways to overcome the Communist past. Thank you very much for your time. In your book …

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Georgia’s Zig-Zag Progress

Thomas de Waal. Photo: Larissa Wilson  Civil Georgia interviewed Thomas de Waal, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe, Brussels-based think tank on European foreign policy analysis. In your mind what are the chances for the Georgian democracy to develop further in the coming years?  I should make a few general observations about …

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Four Parliamentary Speakers on Georgia’s New Constitution

Parliamentary Speakers. Photo: Civil.ge compilation Following several months of political debates, the Parliament of Georgia approved on October 13 the constitutional amendments with 117 lawmakers voting in favor and two against it. Under the new constitution, direct presidential elections are to be abolished and the country will transfer to fully …

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Svante Cornell: Moscow’s purpose to undermine Georgia’s independence

Svante Cornell. Photo: screengrab from youtube, lecture at ADA University Civil.ge spoke about the Georgian-Russian relations, the war in Ukraine and the Swedish policy towards the Eastern Partnership countries to Svante Cornell, Director of the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Various Georgian governments since the restoration of independence …

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