Georgia has delivered on democracy. It is now Brussels’ turn
If Georgia’s parliamentary elections of October 2016 were a test of the country’s commitment to democratisation, it passed the ordeal with flying colors. They tested the limits of Europeanisation from above, but likewise showcased a budding Europeanisation from below. Georgians have again legitimised their government’s pro-Western mandate. As a result, Tbilisi has bolstered its position as a tried-and-true partner of the European Union. Both Georgia’s society and institutions continue to affirm an enduring capability for reform. It is now Brussels’ turn to deliver on its end of the bargain.
The International Politics of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict
This book frames the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh in the context of European and international security. It is the first book to focus on the politics of the conflict rather […]
EU–China trade to bolster security in the South Caucasus
Foreign investment in Georgia is strengthening the country’s importance in connecting East Asia with Europe, which has positive implications for the broader region. The rise in FDI in commercial and […]
Russia: an Enabler of Jihad?
Russian officials have had to contain their glee in monitoring recent political events in America and Europe. They appear to think their days in the cold may soon be over. […]
Azerbaijan’s Formula: Secular Governance and Civic Nationhood
In January 2016, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev designated 2016 the “Year of Multiculturalism.” This took place at a time when Azerbaijan’s neighborhood has experienced a trend toward less rather than […]
Under the Radar: Georgia’s October 2016 Elections
Georgia will hold parliamentary elections on October 8, 2016, which will be key to deciding the country’s future development and its strategic trajectory. Economic problems, especially unemployment and prices, dominate […]
Real friends? Georgia-Turkey relations in the wake of the July 15 coup attempt
Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili became the first foreign head of state to visit Turkey after the failed coup attempt by parts of the Turkish military in the evening of Friday, […]