Georgia Events

Putting the South Caucasus in Perspective

August 05, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have been independent states for more than 23 years. Although geographically contiguous, they differ in language, religion, and political and security orientation. How is each country faring in state-building, developing democracy, and improving economic performance? What are their relationships with Russia and the West, and with each other? How does their historical experience influence current developments, and what are their long term prospects?

The Impact of Ukraine in the Neighborhood

July 22, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
Russia's annexation of Crimea and support of separatists in eastern Ukraine is having ripple effects throughout Eurasia. But what has been the impact in the immediate neighborhood, the South Caucasus, Moldova, and Belarus as well as Ukraine itself?
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EU Progress Report on Eastern Partnership States

April 16, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Mapping the development of the Eastern Partnership initiative, the European Commission released a progress report on the six Eastern Partnership States: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The report outlines accomplishments achieved so far and indicates critical policy areas where more attention is needed. It also serves as a reference for the EU’s approach towards the Eastern Partnership and, more specifically, the allocation of funding in the next seven years. This assessment comes one month after the EU discussed the “European Package” of incentives, intended to supplement the Association Agreements being discussed with several of the six states. Georgia and Moldova have initialed the Association Agreements last year and will be among the first countries to sign them this year.

The 2013 Georgian Presidential Election: An Assessment

November 07, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia (1998-2001), served as an election monitor under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute. He commented on his evaluation of the 2013 Georgian Presidential election based on his on-the-ground observations. He was joined by Laura Jewett, Regional Director, Eurasia Programs, National Democratic Institute.
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Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

June 06, 2013 // 2:00pmJune 07, 2013 // 5:15pm
Kennan Institute
The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by Carnegie Corporation.
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Connecting the Caucasus with the World: Railways & Pipelines

April 02, 2013 // 9:00am2:00pm
Kennan Institute
This conference addressed the economic and geopolitical implications of increased connectivity and cooperation resulting from large infrastructure projects in the Caucasus region. Speakers included representatives from the Embassies of Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well as industry, think tank and U.S. government experts. Cosponsored by the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. Video from the event is now available.
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Explaining the Soviet ‘West’ and ‘Exotic’: Lithuanian and Georgian Writers

March 26, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Soviet writers were some of the most publicly recognizable intellectuals and were tasked by the state to transform society. The presentation outlined Georgian and Lithuanian writers, members of Writers’ Union, focusing on their participation in the establishment and the dynamics of ideas. The perspective of three generations in both countries reveals the rise of ethnic (local) interests and the disconnection of everyday-life from official goals. Both writers’ organizations expressed a clear character of localism (mestnichestvo), but the Georgian case illustrates more active participation at the central level while Lithuanian writers maintained a more peripheral and less active role in the druzhba narodov (“friendship of peoples”) narratives.
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Exiting Anarchy: Militia Politics after the Post-Soviet Wars

March 21, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Jesse Driscoll, Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego discussed his forthcoming book on how political order emerged in Tajikistan and Georgia after the violent chaos of the Soviet collapse.
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Familiar Strangers in the Soviet Marketplace: Georgian Trade Networks between the Caucasus and Moscow

June 11, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
“Why were Georgian trade networks so successful?” asked Erik R. Scott, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, at an 11 June 2012 lecture. Georgian businessmen and their trade networks and products occupied a unique position in the informal economy in the Soviet Union and supplied many of the scarce and exotic goods Soviet consumers desired. Georgian trade networks exploited the mobility made possible by the porous internal borders of the Soviet Union. Scott characterized the Soviet Union as an “empire of diaspora” comprised of mobile ethnicities who could move and trade throughout the Union.

Geopolitics, States, and Networks in Central Eurasia

May 09, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia. Cooley explores the dynamics of the new competition between Russia, China and the United States over the region since 9/11, as well as how small states’ interaction with great powers advances our understanding of how world politics actually works in the contemporary era of diminishing Western influence and rising new regional powers. Author Alexander Kupatadze will discuss the diverging trajectories of organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia focusing on professional criminals (so-called vory-v-zakone) in Georgia and drug smuggling groups in Kyrgyzstan.

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