is an associate professor of political science at Ivane Javakishvili Tbilisi State University and director of the Tbilisi-based Georgian Institute of Politics. His current research focuses on Georgian foreign policy, the security issues of the wider Black Sea area and comparativ...
- Turkey as a humanitarian actor: the critical cases of Somalia and Syria
Pinar Tank , 17 March 2015
- Africa’s pre-eminent peacemaker? An appraisal of South Africa’s peacemaking role in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Milfrid Tonheim , Gerrie Swart , 6 February 2015
- African development: what role do the rising powers play?
Elling N. Tjønneland , 23 January 2015
- Conflicting dilemmas: economic growth, natural resources and indigenous populations in South America
María A. Guzmán-Gallegos , 3 November 2014
- Brazil’s involvement in peacekeeping operations: the new defence-security-foreign policy nexus
Monica Hirst , Reginaldo Mattar Nasser , 30 September 2014
- The discursive articulation of the concept of the “rising power”: perceptions, stances and interests in Brazil, Russia and Turkey
Licínia Simão , Teresa Almeida Cravo , André Barrinha , Reginaldo Mattar Nasser , 24 September 2014
- South America’s economic and political landscape: recent developments and trends
Alcides Costa Vaz , 17 September 2014
Georgia: identity, foreign policy and the politics of a “Euro-Atlantic orientation”
Kornely Kakachia, 27 March 2013
Often considered to be a “beacon of democracy” in the post-Soviet space, Georgia has publicly committed itself to establishing the rule of law and building Western-style democratic institutions. As Georgia’s ambitions to draw closer to Europe and the transatlantic community have grown and the country has assertively reclaimed its European identity, its relations with neighbouring Russia have deteriorated. Simultaneously, as the government has increasingly turned to the West as the guarantor of the country’s security and counted on eventual inclusion in Western economic, political and security structures, Georgia has tried to reject its post-Soviet identity and achieve full membership of European and Euro-Atlantic structures. No longer willing to be labelled merely as a post-Soviet state, nor wishing to be identified with the volatile and fragmented Caucasus region, the Georgian polity sees its ties with the Black Sea community as a way to become affiliated with the rest of Europe. This policy brief examines Georgia’s foreign policy orientation and the role of identity politics, and attempts to identify the key causes and motivations pushing Tbilisi towards European integration.