Georgia’s European Integration, Ethnic Minorities, and Russian Propaganda

by Levan Kakhishvili Support for the European Union in Georgia is surprisingly high. When Georgia was granted a visa-free travel to the Schengen area, former British Ambassador to Georgia Alexandra Hall Hall wrote: “While this [visa-free travel] is a landmark achievement for Georgia, counterintuitively, in some respects it is a bigger deal for the EU.” … Read more Georgia’s European Integration, Ethnic Minorities, and Russian Propaganda

Azerbaijan’s New Law on Status of Armed Forces: Changes and Implications

by Zaur Shiriyev A draft law on the “Status of the Armed Forces” was introduced by the Parliamentary Committee on Defense, Security and Anti-Corruption in mid-November, and on 1 December it was heard by Parliament. The amendments were adopted upon a second hearing with a majority vote on 15 December. The issue was first on the agenda back in … Read more Azerbaijan’s New Law on Status of Armed Forces: Changes and Implications

The Elections and Kyrgyz-Kazakh Complications

By Shairbek Juraev Can an exercise of democratic elections jeopardize a nation’s foreign relations? Not necessarily, but when combined with the non-democratic exercise of foreign policy, it probably can. The 2017 presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, much praised as a rare case of peaceful power transfer from one elected leader to another in Central Asia, has also gained … Read more The Elections and Kyrgyz-Kazakh Complications

What Dreams May Come for Those that Dream of Europe

By Yaroslava Babych If four years ago, someone suggested that a relatively small student protest camp in Ukraine, violently dispersed overnight by police , would have a profound influence on European history, many would simply laugh at the thought. For many years, EU policymakers have been walking a tightrope between integrating neighboring countries into its … Read more What Dreams May Come for Those that Dream of Europe

The Ballad of Misha and Petro

By Lincoln Mitchell The latest verse in the ballad of Misha and Petro may be the strangest one yet. The former Georgian President, Misha Saakashvili, and current Ukrainian President, Petro Poroschenko, were friends from their student days. When Poroschenko was first elected President of Ukraine in 2014, it was seen as logical that he appointed … Read more The Ballad of Misha and Petro

EVENT: Youth Perspectives on Democracy Promotion in Eurasia

Licinia Simão, an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and an EDSN Fellow, is hosting an interesting event at the University of Coimbra in the framework of the the EDSN project. The event, Youth Perspectives on Democracy Promotion in Eurasia, will feature a moderated dialogue among and between international relations students at Coimbra with the … Read more EVENT: Youth Perspectives on Democracy Promotion in Eurasia

The Challenge of Moving EU-Georgia Relations Forward

by Licinia Simao The Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit on 24 November in Brussels, represents another important milestone in Georgia’s path of European integration. After having signed an Association Agreement with the European Union that entered into force in July 2016, and having been granted visa free status, Georgia is now looking forward to seeing its position … Read more The Challenge of Moving EU-Georgia Relations Forward

EaP Summit: A Beginning or End for EU-Azerbaijan Relations?

by Zaur Shiriyev Today’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels represents a never-ending question for the EU: how to retain the format’s effectiveness, and maintaining motivation among all participant states given increasing divergences in what they want from the EU. So far, the three countries that have signed Association Agreements get more benefits, especially within the … Read more EaP Summit: A Beginning or End for EU-Azerbaijan Relations?