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The Anatomy of the Parliamentary Resolution on Foreign Policy

On 7 March 2013, the Georgian parliament unanimously adopted a Resolution on the Basic Directions of Georgia’s Foreign Policy, according to which both the parliamentary majority and minority agreed upon the foreign political course of Georgia. Ninety-six parliamentarians voted in favor of this resolution, no one abstained. This resolution is a unique product of...

The Abkhazia Railway

Discussing whether reopening the Abkhazia railway is good thing or not is a lot like asking “is a triangle good or not?” Depending on the context, it may be good or bad. The Bermuda Triangle, for example, is “bad” whilst the Sierpinski triangle is pretty. The answer to this question thus depends on what that triangle is used for and what effect can it have. That is how I view the issue of reopening the Abkhazia railway. To analyze whether or not the resumption of rail traffic via Abkhazia is...

The New Georgian Government and 100 Days of Its Foreign Policy

One hundred days have passed since the new government of Georgia has taken the reins of the country into its hands. Let’s briefly review the developments and trends that have taken place in the foreign policy of Georgia during this period and see what conclusions can be drawn or recommendations be suggested to the government and its foreign political team. To...

What Can We Learn from the UN General Assembly Resolution on Palestine?

The recent vote on the UN General Assembly resolution to grant Palestine non-member observer state status in the United Nations caused uproar in the Georgian media. On 29 November the Georgian UN delegation turned on their “green light” at the General Assembly thereby signaling their support of the resolution. Questions about whether Georgia acted correctly; why...

On What Can Russia and Georgia Agree?

Russia and Georgia could potentially agree on many things … except that would require political will which, so far, only the new Georgian government has displayed. For its part, Russia has shown only the desire to get more than it already has. Its posture reminds me of the Russian style once famously described by Western diplomats as “What's mine is mine; what's yours is negotiable.” The only response of Russia to the Georgian Prime Minister establishing the post of Special Representative for...

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