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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Georgian-Russian Crisis in Motion

The International Centre for Defence Studies presents a paper to provide you with background information on the Georgian-Russian crisis. The author Kaarel Kaas describes and analyses the most significant turning points of the crisis.

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