Irakli Margvelashvili

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The Threat of Russian Aggression and Collaborationism

In one of his speeches Vladimir Putin described the disintegration of the Soviet Union as one of the greatest catastrophes. An imperial paradigm lay behind that comment – something that has been characteristic of the Russian state for centuries. Putin is no exception. His aim is to create a new empire and he has been taking very targeted steps towards that end. In his last annual speech given in the capacity of prime minister, which he delivered to the parliament of Russia in April 2011, Putin...

Georgia and Ukraine in the Global Geopolitical Upheaval

A Little War That Shook the World is the impressive title of a book by renowned US political analyst Ronald D. Asmus, which is dedicated to the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008. Although there is nothing particularly impressive in this title when taken by itself, behind it lies a much greater geopolitical context. This is what we want to discuss in this article.Ongoing developments in Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea by Russia following the conduct of a referendum on 16 March in which the...

Political Retaliation, the Crisis of Prosecution and the Future of Georgia

The Georgian government attempts to arrest representatives of the former government in such a manner as to avoid the process taking on the form of political persecution. However, messages sent by the West on this issue suggest that such attempts have failed and that this process is viewed as political persecution. For example, a statement of James Appathurai, the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, stressed that it is important that the process is...

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