Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. David Rakviashvili’s visit to ICDS

On Monday the 20th of March 2017 a group of researchers from ICDS, as well as guests from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute and the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association met with the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. David Rakviashvili, and the Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. Ivane Matchavariani, in the presence of the Ambassador of Georgia to Estonia HE Tea Akhvlediani.

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Turmoil in Tbilisi: Georgia’s Dream Imperiled

On February 8, democracy took a step backward in Georgia, when violent protestors prevented the country’s democratically elected president from delivering his annual state of the nation address. A mob reportedly beat President Mikheil Saakashvili’s supporters, dazing and bloodying the face of Chiora Taktakishvili, a spokeswoman for the president’s political party.

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Two articles, four years and Russia’s war plans

Over the last four years, two significant articles have been published in the Russian media. The first one appeared in April 2008, predicting the Russian-Georgian war; the second one came out this June, announcing President Putin’s order to start preparations for military operations outside Russian borders. The two articles share a number of similarities, but also diverge on some points.

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The Path of War

By now, it is abundantly clear that Russia started a full-scale military aggression against Georgia at the end of last week. The significance of this fact is, however, much greater than the further fate and fortune of a small state in the South Caucasus. In essence, this marked a crucial turning point in recent history after the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the establishment of Vladimir Putin’s regime in Russia, a turning point for Russia itself, for its closer neighbours and for the broader relationship between Russia and the West.

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How will the Georgian Crisis Impact German Policy

Venemaa-Gruusia konflikt võib osutuda külma sõja järgse maailmakorra lakmustestiks. Konflikti provotseerides soovis Venemaa mitte ainult oma mõjusfääri laiendada, vaid ka testida Lääneriikide valmisolekut senist maailmakorda kaitsta. Täna võib öelda, et kuigi Venemaa saavutas sõjalise võidu, on ta konflikti poliitiliselt juba kaotanud ja Gruusia rahvusvahelised positsioonid hoolimata nende sõjalisest allajäämisest hoopis tugevnesid. Kindlasti aitas sellele kaasa Venemaa ebaadekvaatne poliitiline reaktsioon ja liialdused jõu kasutamises, mis aitasid valdavat osa maailma avalikkusest kallutada Gruusia poole hoolimata venelaste teatavast „algedust”.

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Transition in Georgian Foreign Policy: Reply to Bucharest Summit

Nino Ghvinadze graduated from Tbilisi State University (B.A.) in 2008. She studied International Relations in the Faculty of Social and Political Studies. In 2007-2008 Nino completed the Prometheus Programme on Transition Studies, at the European College, University of Tartu.

One of the positive sides of living and studying abroad is that you get the chance to look at the processes in your home country from distance. It gives the possibility to assess every event in accordance with both – the perceptions abroad and inside the country, making a sort of combination and comparison of these two. Otherwise it is quite hard to escape the clichés and pressing opinions existing within the local society.
Coming back home from Estonia, one of the pleasant surprises was the last developments in Georgian foreign policy representing a reply on Bucharest Summit.

Georgians, as every other people on the earth, are often pictured according to certain stereotypes. Among them emotionality is the most often cited I guess. Even policy analysts refer to it, while facing difficulties in explaining the unexpected turns in Georgian foreign policy.
Emotionality often goes hand in hand with the radical decisions and strong nationalistic attitudes characteristic for Georgian internal and foreign policies already from late 1980s and especially in the early years of re-independence.
This created a certain cliché – “uncontrolled and unbalanced policy of emotional Georgians” – most often manipulated with by Russian politicians.

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