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Georgia at the crossroads

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

Civil society and countering violent extremism in Georgia

PA-23062475-1.jpgGeorgia’s State Agency for Religious Issues is accusing NGOs of fomenting radicalisation and terrorism in the country. Others, however, consider civil society vital in any attempt to prevent it.

Victory Day in Tbilisi

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For Georgians, this Soviet commemoration doesn’t just bring up the past — it brings up the present too.

 

Georgia: the exiles’ election

Twenty five years after the separatist wars that shook Georgia, 265,000 displaced people still struggle to make ends meet — and their voices heard. 

Breaking the cycle: ending underage marriage in Georgia

Every year, girls across Georgia become wives and mothers before their 18th birthday. How should the country address underage marriages? Русский

 

Karabakh: the view from Georgia

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Renewed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh have put Georgia’s Armenian and Azeri communities in a delicate situation. But despite tensions, they are finding new ways to coexist during conflict.

How can we politicise labour rights in Georgia?

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In Georgia, violations of workers’ rights, low pay and negligent treatment by private corporations continue to go unnoticed. We need to politicise the world of work.

 

Life slows down in Chiatura

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The mining town of Chiatura in western Georgia has already been cursed with poor conditions and self-serving owners. Now they’ve “temporarily” closed down the mines.

 

Can Georgia ditch its surveillance culture?

Mikheil Saakashvili may have left his native Georgia for Odessa, but one particular legacy of his years in power is still strong. Русский


An unlikely home

Abkhazia may not be the first port of call for Syrian refugees, but historical ties link this unrecognised state on the Black Sea coast to the epicentre of conflict. Русский

The curious case of Georgia’s Rustavi-2

A scandal in Georgia over the country's largest opposition TV station has polarised the country, raising pointed questions about the motives of governments past and present.

Left in the dark: inside Georgia’s Chiatura mines

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Workers at the Chiatura mines in western Georgia toil in abysmal conditions. Strikes, puppet trade unions and a reluctant government have all failed to improve their lot.

What do Georgians have against trade unions?

Faced with unemployment, people in Georgia are more likely to turn to support systems of family and friends than formal collective action. Русский

Is the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway worth the fuss?

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway costs hundreds of millions of dollars and has been delayed several times. It is set to be operational by the end of 2015, but is it worth the fuss? на русском языке

 

The mountains have ears: legislating against surveillance in Georgia

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The late 2000s saw illegal wiretaps and surveillance ramp up in Georgia. New laws to deal with this legacy are yet to truly pay off. на русском языке

Georgia’s grotesque democracy

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Neoliberal dogma has taken root and, ahead of parliamentary elections next year, our political elites have nothing else to offer us.

In Georgia, justice delayed is justice denied

Giorgi Ugulava, political ally of Mikheil Saakashvili and former mayor of Tbilisi, has gone behind bars. Behind the charges of corruption may stand a darker motive – a desire for revenge.

Georgia’s healthcare privatisation stands as a warning to Ukrainian reformers

Ukraine's government is eager to overhaul the country's ageing healthcare system. Following Georgia's example may be tempting, but is not without risk.


South Ossetia's creeping border

no to collaborators.jpgRenewed tensions along the de-facto border between Georgia and South Ossetia have raised concerns in Tbilisiand laid bare Georgia's political rivalries.


Saakashvili is turning politics upside down in Ukraine

goryachev - visual ria - sergei kuznetsov.jpgDown on the Black Sea, ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakasvhili is making waves as the new governor of Odessa. Is the balance of the Ukrainian state beginning to shift?

Georgian fiction – in translation at last

Georgia_Mural (MEdwards).pngAt last, we can read what we have been missing – a literature as unpredictable as Georgian politics.

 

Happy Independence Day, Georgia!

Since 1991, Georgia has celebrated Independence Day annually on 26 May. But this national holiday only exposes the gap between elites and the people.

 

A new partnership for co-operation in the Black Sea

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An economic and strategic partnership between Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey is ramping up, and turning to the West.

Georgia's puzzled transition

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The disintegration of the Soviet Union has given birth to a new and difficult reality in Georgia.

 

Agreement by association: Georgia edges closer to Europe

Georgia’s signing of the Association Agreement with the EU has been welcomed by the country’s people and its elite, but it will likely not be the panacea they hope.

 

Georgian Muslims are strangers in their own country

Mosque in Chechla.jpgThe Republic of Georgia is an avowedly Christian country, but one out of every ten Georgian citizens is Muslim. 

 

Film review: (Oscar-nominated) 'Tangerines'

Tangerines poster (for standfirst).pngTangerines, an Estonian film about the Abkhaz-Georgian conflict, is up for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. What was it that caught the eye of the Academy?

 

The end of the Georgian dream

Parlament_of_Georgia_(Kutaisi)- wiki.jpgGeorgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili's decision on 4 November 2014 to dismiss Defence Minister Irakli Alasania provoked an immediate reaction both in and outside the country.

Kakha Bendukidze and Georgia’s failed experiment

KakhaBendukidze_wiki.jpgKakha Bendukidze died in November 2014 at the age of 58. Bendukidze directed the whirlwind of economic reform that characterised Georgia from 2004 to 2008-9.

 

Letter from Tbilisi

tschumacher.jpgAcademic concepts about EU foreign policy and the European Neighbourhood Policy are not always enough to explain what is going on in the region.

 

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