Ghia Nodia

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გია ნოდია არის ფილოსოფოსი და პოლიტოლოგი, ილიას სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტის სრული პროფესორი და მშვიდობის, დემოკრატიის და განვითარების კავკასიური ინსტიტუტის თავმჯდომარე. გარდა აკადემიური სტატიებისა, ხშირად აქვეყნებს ესეებს მიმდინარე პოლიტიკურ და სოციალურ-კულტურულ პრობლემებზე.

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Green Truth

"Green" activism has returned to Georgia. This is its second wave. The first wave occurred in the sunset of the communist system when, as in many other countries of the region, green activists appeared in the avant-garde of opposition movements, only to disappear soon thereafter. Today, the situation is absolutely different: environmentalists have an ambition to find the "third way," a morally superior and genuinely European path outside the realm of the United National Movement vs Georgian...

Religion and Public Politics

The Georgian Orthodox Church lost another battle with the secular government when the latter recently adopted an antidiscrimination law. It does not matter that this law changes virtually nothing: the key issue here is that the Church, despite applying its authority and influence in an effort to block the law, failed to achieve its main aim – to cause the lawmakers to delete notions of sexual minorities and gender identity from the law.This is at least the second such defeat experienced by the...

What’s Wrong With Questioning Former President(s)?

T he summoning of former President Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning is a new milestone in the campaign that the Georgian government calls the "reinstatement of justice." This move was sharply criticized not only by the political opposition (which taken alone would be too trivial to be of note), but also by the international democratic community. The US Department of State issued a special statement to express its concern over this fact, and Štefan Füle, the European Commissioner for...

Civil Protests and the Use of Force

At first glance, there is a near consensus in Georgia towards the developments in Ukraine: we want Ukraine to be oriented towards Europe, we expressed solidarity with the EuroMaidan demands and were happy about their victory, and we, naturally, condemn Russia's aggression in Crimea. Although the tone of the statements made by the government and the political opposition vary (and this difference counts), there is no disagreement in terms of basic principles between them.However, Georgian...

No Politics and Bad Politics: Lessons from the Failure to Reform the Public Broadcaster

The sad and confusing story of electing, half-electing and not electing the Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) is a small storm in the Georgian political environment. The “talking classes”, i.e. those publicly active and popular people whom we often refer to as “civil society,” were directly involved in this mini storm. I will call them the “civil elite” as I deem this definition more to be accurate. This story – starting from the adoption of new amendments to the Law on...

Misha’s Legacy

The nine years of Mikheil Saakashvili’s rule belong to the heroic-romantic genre. This refers not only to the style of politics at that time, which was completely determined by the esthetics of the Rose Revolution, but also to the content of political activity, which was inspired by great ideas and goals. True, on the level of PR we became used to hearing overly prosaic things: that the government imported yellow buses, and then tractors, that it increased pensions and so on and so forth. But...

About Private and Public Spheres

What Should We or Should We Not Discuss?One’s family or personal life is a private sphere that strangers should not poke their noses into. Even more unacceptable is the politicization of someone’s personal life. Shouldn’t this issue be debatable? This is what I intend to do in this article. When it concerns the families and private lives of political leaders, the level of public interest is absolutely legitimate – within certain boundaries, of course, we must not abandon good manners, decency...

Coming of Age

"In Bloom" is a very good new Georgian film: I watched it and enjoyed it. The screening I attended at the Rustaveli movie theatre was followed by a discussion and I have since read several blogs inspired by this movie. And let me also say that I liked the film more than the intellectual discussions it triggered; which, in itself, is an undeniable sign that the movie – and in general, any work of art – is good. An intellectual comment may help a bad movie or a bad literary work: "Oh, now I see...

Misha Hobbes and Bidzina Kant

At a recent international meeting, a senior official of the Georgian government described particular differences between the political visions of president Mikheil Saakashvili and Prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili: the former follows the vision of Thomas Hobbes, whilst the latter that of Immanuel Kant.If this explanation instantly causes an ironic smile to form on readers' faces, I would advise them not to jump the gun. Here we are dealing with the international PR of our government in its...

The Arab Autumn When Democracy Fails (And Autocracy Too)

How should we evaluate what is happening in Egypt? The democratic world is in deep confusion about the events and cannot clearly figure out what to say. The situation is indeed something to be confused about.Revolution -Mark II or Restoration?First came the Arab Spring (in reality, it began in winter – but who cares? Metaphorical thinking has its own rules; moreover, it is warm in Egypt in winter too): people took to the streets with demands that the dictator step down and democratic order be...

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