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Why is Russia Immune to Economic Sanctions and how should Georgia act?

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It has been more than a year and a half since the European Union and the United States have imposed an array of economic sanctions against Russia. Economic sanctions of Western countries followed the annexation of Crimean peninsula by Russia in March 2014. Prior to the annexation, Viktor Yanukovych – the President of Ukraine – was forced into resignation following ...

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Georgia’s Thorny Path to Europe: Now it is time for EU to Deliver

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Despite the fact that Georgia serves as a crossroad to Europe and Asia, it is not on the crossroad of choice, constantly challenged by geopolitical turbulence. Indeed, Georgia has demonstrated its firm aspiration to join European Union at the Vilnius Summit in 2013, as it is the wish of the majority of the Georgian citizens. All the recent surveys conducted ...

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Russian and Western engagement in the South Caucasus conflicts: Building sustainable stability in the region?

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Russia is playing a dual game in the South Caucasus at the same time both stabilising and destabilising the region.

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NATO credibility crisis and Post Crimea enlargement: Cases of Georgia and Montenegro

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The next NATO Summit is scheduled for July 8-9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. The theme of the upcoming summit is expected to be that of security within the alliance (collective defense, article V of the founding treaty) as an answer to the security challenges facing NATO today (Ukraine crisis, ISIS, Russia’s military intervention in Syria).

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Georgia’s ambivalence on Ukrainian crisis

Demonstrators carry posters and Georgian and Ukrainian flags as they head to a rally in support of the Ukrainian opposition, in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The rally was organized by youth and students organizations in Tbilisi. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

Since the unraveling crisis in Ukraine, Georgian Dream ruling coalition has taken an apathetic position toward the current developments in our partner country. As well as Ukrainian people, our society has expected a momentous support from Georgian authorities to Ukraine. However, the ruling coalition encounters myriad of external and internal impediments that make elaboration of an unambiguous approach toward Ukraine hardly achievable.

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Future of the EaP: opportunities and struggles

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The events from the failure of the Vilnius Summit up until the ongoing Ukrainian crisis have revealed the need of reviewing the EU’s current policies towards its Eastern partners.

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What does the Association Agreement mean for Georgia and Moldova? Myths and Reality

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The last Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit held in Vilnius on the 27th-28th November 2013 saw the finalization of the negotiations on the EU-Moldova and EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA), including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The time has now come for bilateral signature, which will take place in Brussels on the 27th of June.

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EaP players missing: are Georgia and Moldova to score with DCFTA?

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While Vilnius Summit is to be a decisive round in the EU’s trade relations with the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, how many out of the six initial EaP players  (Belarus, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia) do actually remain at the gaming  table?

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Global Slavery Index 2013: Eastern Partnership Countries Analysis

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When we think about slavery, we often look at it as something from the past, something which was abolished a long time ago and has nothing to do with the contemporary world. Still, modern slavery exists and is a global threat that hits both developing and developed counties. In October, 2013, the Global Slavery Index was released  by Walk Free Foundation ...

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“Georgia’s path to Vilnius & Beyond”: Getting fit to fit into the EU fitness club

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Out of the blue or “in the blue”, Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan decided to swap Europe for Eurasia. This sudden revision of foreign policy track by one of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries has since become a discussion topic. Peculiarly enough, Georgia found itself on the ‘center stage’ next to Armenia in these discussions, even if the former is unfavourable ...

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