Salome Ugulava

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Editor-in-chief. Salome has been at Tabula since the very beginning. In 2016, she graduated from Columbia University in the city of New York. Before, she attended Tbilisi State University and Ilia State University in Georgia. She teaches a class at GIPA. In 2013-2015, she worked as a stringer for AFP. Salome was awarded by Public Defender's office in Georgia for promoting diversity and tolerance through her work as a journalist.

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Davit Bakradze: We must make this election a turning point

Following the conduct of its primaries, the United National Movement (UNM) has revealed its candidate for the presidency. As was expected, the former speaker of parliament and the current leader of the parliamentary minority, Davit Bakradze, emerged as the winner and will stand in the presidential elections slated for 27 October. Tabula interviewed Davit Bakradze to learn about his views on the current situation in Georgia, the challenges the country is facing, his election priorities, the...

The Presidential Race Has Begun

The presidential candidate from the Georgian Dream coalition has been named months ahead of the presidential elections. He is the prime minister's favorite, the current Minister of Education Giorgi Margvelashvili. In selecting the candidate, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili seems to have encountered no resistance from his party. According to the prime minister, the discussion was only focused around one, ideal candidate who was unanimously approved.Despite the conspicuous sympathies towards...

University Utopia

The State Commission on Education and Science Reforms, made up of physicist Gia Dvali, biologist Zaza Kokaia, physicist Vazha Berezhiani and paleontologist Davit Lortkipanidze, has drawn up a concept for the reform of higher education and science. Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili first announced the establishment of the commission in October and this group of scholars has been working on the concept for several months. According to the authors, the cornerstone of the concept is the principle...

Vano Merabishvili: Our Country faces a threat

Three months on from the October parliamentary elections, Tabula interviewed Vano Merabishvili, the former prime minister and the current Secretary General of the United National Movement (UNM). Merabishvili, who also served as the Interior Minister in the previous government, shared his thoughts about the situation that has emerged in the country after the...

Archil Kbilashvili: Turning from Saul yesterday into Paul today

Since the October parliamentary elections, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has been at the center of attention. It has arrested several dozen people on various charges, including the Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi, the Chief of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Georgia, the former interior minister and other senior officials. These arrests resonated both inside and...

The Assault on Self-Governance

Within the shortest span of time after the October parliamentary elections, changes in favor of the Georgian Dream political coalition have begun in self-government bodies too. By now, the picture has changed in 31 municipalities, with 25 new heads of local administration and 15 new heads of local councils having been appointed. Moreover, an increasing number of...

Gigi Ugulava: Being in opposition has its charm

Tabula interviewed Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava about the political situation that has emerged since the 1 October parliamentary elections, ongoing and anticipated processes in the country, the politics and approaches of the new government, the importance of a strong opposition and future prospects for the United National Movement (UNM). The interview was recorded in...

Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Foreign Policy

In early-September, Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream political coalition finally made its election manifesto public. The Georgian Dream political manifesto conveys a foreign policy vision as eclectic as the Georgian Dream force itself. The manifesto reaffirms the declared support of the Georgian Dream political coalition for Euro-Atlantic integration – a position clearly incongruent with statements of Georgian Dream candidates who actively oppose Georgia’s NATO aspiration, openly demonize...

Levan Bezhashvili: The reality is that Georgian Dream routinely violates the law

The Chamber of Control has been charged with monitoring the financing of political parties since the Parliament enacted amendments to the Law on Political Unions in late-2011. Since then, the activity of the Chamber’s financial monitoring service of political parties has itself been under intense scrutiny by civil society and media. Tabula interviewed Chamber of...

Tina Khidasheli: Georgia is a totalitarian state

Several months ahead of the parliamentary elections, the political coalition Georgian Dream has stepped up its campaign activities. Tabula interviewed Republican Party member Tina Khidasheli, one of the leaders of the coalition, about Georgian Dream campaign plans and promises and how the coalition expects to deliver on those promises. Among other issues, Tina...

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