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Storytelling

"From the earliest days of the American republic to the present, those seeking the nation's highest office have had to tell persuasive stories – about the nation, its problems and, most of all, about themselves."Evan Cornog, American political historianThe opinion that the success of politicians is proportionate to the interest of the media towards their personalities and that, under increasing media coverage of election campaigns, the candidates themselves are the carriers of the message,...

Misha is Leaving(?)

Proceeding from the current situation in Georgia, the issue of the crystallization of political forces in the country is becoming increasingly topical. If events unfold in a peaceful way, within the constitutional framework and not according to an apocalyptic scenario, we may soon witness the establishment of a bipolar political system of a Western type in Georgia. And since the political forces will be divided not by ideological affiliation – such as leftists versus rightists – but rather by...

TV Debates

In late July, upon being announced as the victor of the United National Movement (UNM) primaries, Davit Bakradze, in a manner characteristic of an experienced politician, challenged Giorgi Margvelashvili of the Georgian Dream, his main rival in the upcoming presidential elections, to a TV debate. Margvelashvili rejected Bakradze's proposal, declaring (absolutely logically) that no single candidate must be put in a privileged position and that each and every candidate must be given equal...

The Presidential Campaign: Politics of Image

"Television is the most emotional and persuasive of all the media."Joseph Napolitan, US political consultant"In general, Georgian politicians are not fond of writing. Save rare exceptions, one virtually cannot find any publications written by party leaders, ministers or parliamentarians, let alone lower-ranking figures, in the press. The publication of a book is also rarity, one can name rare exceptions in this area as well."Davit Zurabishvili, member of Georgia's Republican PartyThe above...

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