Georgia

Pragmatic Approach Towards Russia – Option or Illusion?

The issue of developing and implementing national policy towards Russia has always been a pertinent subject for post-Soviet states as they have sought to ensure their own security. Governments have tried a number of different approaches, among which is the so-called “pragmatic approach.” Its most vivid embodiment is the policy of the current Georgian government with regards to Russia. Notably, it should be mentioned that almost all political forces that have come to power in Georgia have attempted to improve or at least normalize relations with Russia. However, each of these attempts was followed by disappointment.

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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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