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The Abolition of the Visa-Free Regime with Iran

On 1 July 2013, Georgia "temporarily suspended" its visa-free regime with the Islamic Republic of Iran. A segment of analysts think that this step was a result of pressure from the United States and Israel on Tbilisi. We, however, have grounds to believe that the more realistic reason behind this move is the increasingly isolationist foreign policy of the current government, which is closely intertwined with the impulses that Georgian society has recently revealed.Georgia and Iran signed the...

UN Resolution on Georgia: Significance, Tendencies and Strategy

On 13 June 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted an annual resolution on the status of refugees and internally displaced persons from Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region. The number of countries supporting this resolution increased this year and it is noteworthy that this happened regardless of the change of power in Georgia. At the same time, certain unpleasant tendencies observed this year give food for thought. The Georgian government should analyze these tendencies, draw...

Ivanishvili’s Foreign Policy Dilemma: Inconsistent Continuity

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili faces a serious challenge. He has to run a country that is partly occupied by a neighboring state whilst simultaneously striving to join the strongest ever military-political alliance in order to resolve Georgia's national security problem once and for all. Ivanishvili asserts that he is committed to the Western course, but also wants to improve relations with Russia. The dilemma, however, is that declaring the latter goal risks prejudicing the former...

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