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Georgia’s growing cultural divide: a sign of far-right populism?

One year on since Georgia’s far right publicly announced themselves, how has their agenda developed?

A war for hearts and minds: how Georgian civil society is putting Abkhazia and South Ossetia back on the agenda

Almost 10 years on from the 2008 war, Georgian civil society – both informal and formal – is increasingly engaging in the country’s breakaway territories. RU

Bidzina’s back

The return of Georgia’s richest man to open participation in this South Caucasus state's political life is designed to smooth over problems in the ruling party. RU

The struggle for humane drug policy in Georgia

Decriminalising drugs has become a central demand of Georgian political parties, but the fight for decriminalisation has divided Georgian society. RU

Afgan Mukhtarli: behind bars, but not forgotten

Last year, this fearless journalist was abducted from the streets of Tbilisi and wound up in an Azerbaijani jail cell. We need more like him.

 

Georgia: Strasbourg’s scrutiny of the misuse of power

A new European Court of Human Rights ruling on the misuse of power in Georgia creates an important precedent in cases of political persecution.

Georgia: another revolution was possible

The turbulent but short-lived history of Georgia's social democratic experiment has much to teach us. 

No answers on 2016 attack against international election observers in Georgia

An incident involving international election observers during Georgia's 2016 parliamentary election raised questions that the official investigation is still yet to answer.

A response to “Georgian land, Georgian freedom”

We recently published an article arguing in favour of Georgia’s proposed ban on selling agricultural land to foreign buyers. A foreign landowner with several years’ experience in the country’s agricultural sector uses his right of response to argue against the move.

Afgan Mukhtarli: after the abduction

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 10.jpgMy husband was kidnapped on the streets of Tbilisi and ended up in an Azerbaijani jail cell. Four months on, I’ve got no answers — only more questions.

 

Georgian land, Georgian freedom

A proposed amendment to Georgia’s constitution would ban the sale of agricultural land to foreign citizens. Is it a necessary evil, or a hollow gesture?

Georgia’s highlanders against hydropower

As the Georgian government moves ahead with its plans for increasing the country’s hydropower capacity, local communities are being sidelined in the process of compensation payments.

Mayor or manager? Tbilisi chooses its kingpin

Here in Tbilisi, we’re preparing for mayoral elections in October. The race will be heated, but can the role actually change anything for the better?

Neither here, nor there: Georgian refugees from Abkhazia

Twenty five years have passed since the war in Abkhazia, but ethnic Georgian refugees from the breakaway territory remain in limbo. RU

Turkey’s fight against Gülen in the South Caucasus

The Turkish authorities’ fight against real and imagined enemies in the Gülen movement has now reached Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Do you speak Mingrelian?

A major language in western Georgia could struggle for survival  because it’s not considered one.

Georgia’s Russian cipher

What can the politics of ethnic Russians in Georgia tell us about the country’s attempt to build a truly civic national identity?

Terms and conditions apply: Georgia and Ukraine’s visa-free victory

The EU’s extension of visa-free regimes eastwards is more about managing migration flows than European values. Deutsch

Is Georgia still safe for Azerbaijani dissidents?

Georgia has long been an oasis for dissidents from neighbouring Azerbaijan. But with Baku investing in its western neighbour at record levels, are they still safe?

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საქართველოს კონსტიტუციაში ლიბერტარიანული პრინციპების განმტკიცებით, მმართველ პარტიას სურს შეინარჩუნოს მცირე მთავრობა და კიდევ უფრო მცირე სივრცე თანასწორობის პოლიტიკისთვის. English

Georgia’s new constitution keeps real change in check

FullSizeRender.jpgBy reinforcing libertarian principles in Georgia’s constitution, the ruling party aims to keep government small — and the space for egalitarian politics even smaller. ქართული

In Georgia, labour exploitation still pays

In striving for a “business-friendly environment”, the Georgian government is further eroding labour rights. Workers have taken to the streets in response.

Waiting for Misha’s second coming

On Saakashvili’s watch, Georgia’s UNM has finally split. What does that mean for the country’s opposition?

 

Fighting back against Georgia’s war on drugs

Georgia’s draconian laws against narcotics are in the spotlight, as activists take to the streets and demand an end to the criminalisation of drug users.

For Tbilisi’s squatters, things must change

Georgia's approach to homelessness is beset by myths and myopia. If the authorities are serious about tackling social exclusion, they have to move on from the carrot and the stick. 

Tbilisi’s Panorama project is urban boosterism at its worst

A massive new construction project overlooking Georgia’s capital reveals the true extent of an oligarch’s grip on politics — and Tbilisi’s struggle to become a city for all its people.

The fate of Georgian dreams

Amid widespread apathy and corruption, Georgia’s democracy faces all too familiar obstacles.

Making do with the crew

In the aftermath of parliamentary elections, can Georgia build a more stable political culture?

Big trouble in little Georgia

For years, Georgia’s politics has been organised around the “search for a saviour”. But now this search has quietly ended, what is left?

On 25 years of postmodernity in the South Caucasus

A quarter century since the collapse of Soviet rule in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, where is the region now and what can come next? RU

Georgia’s politics of piety

Georgia’s church is independent of the state. How long before the state can free itself from the church?

Who do I call if I want to speak to "pro-Russian forces" in Georgia?

In Georgia, whether you're in opposition or in power, you can always call your opponent an agent of the Kremlin.

Ossetians in Georgia, with their backs to the mountains

In the shadow of conflicts past and present, Ossetians and Georgians have found ways to coexist. Twenty-five years after the collapse of the USSR, how do they fit into the post-Soviet story?

Way down in Pankisi

Georgia’s Pankisi Valley has gained a reputation for violent extremism in recent years. But the international community’s attention isn’t just unwanted, it’s harmful. Русский

Georgia at the crossroads

Georgia's visa liberalisation process with the European Union could be delayed. This is bad news for a fragile democracy.

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