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Feb
13

Modern Quagmire and Georgia's Trump Card?

  “The fundamental problem for Georgian security is that Russia holds all the major cards and no one is reshuffling the deck in Georgia’s favour”, writes Neil MacFarlane in his 2016 article on Georgia’s security situation. Georgia has a mighty neighbor that is not democratic, does not respect the right of self-determination of nations, and, most importantly, actually brings its military power to bear whenever Russian (legitimate or illegitimate) interests are not sufficiently honored. To add insult to injury, Russia’s military strength is unconteste...
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Guest — Leqso
It might be indication of something interesting that mostly pro-Russian politicians, with good track record of relations with Puti... Read More
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:10 AM
Eric Livny
And vice versa, dear Leqso :-) None of this is surprising, however. According to Rufus Miles, “Where you stand depends on where yo... Read More
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:10 AM
Guest — Leqso
Dear Eric, Georgias history is basically a story of survival between two strong neighbors and rather than looking at the examples ... Read More
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:11 AM
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Jul
06

The Positive Sides of Georgia’s NATO Partnership (Not Membership)

Since the Rose Revolution, pro-Western Georgian politicians strive to lead their country into the apparent safe haven of the NATO defense collective. So far membership seems far off, causing disappointment among many Georgians and affirming those who preferred less integration in the Western geopolitical bloc. The continuing debate as to whether or not Georgia should assume full membership in the alliance may be obfuscating the reality that the present relationship with the alliance is the most ideal for Georgia.  It allows for a nearly unrestricted...
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Guest — Levan Pavlenishvili
One easy to make mistake in the article is that Georgia started its NATO aspirations after the Rose Revolution. Georgian announced... Read More
Friday, 10 July 2015 12:12 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
I agree with what you say in the first two paragraphs, Levan, but not with the last one. Whether NATO membership will be good for ... Read More
Friday, 10 July 2015 12:12 PM
Guest — Levan Pavlenishvili
Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region are already behind the iron curtain, but I think that NATO membership of Georgia (under its interna... Read More
Friday, 10 July 2015 4:04 PM
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