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EUCACIS in Brief No. 4: Tamar Gamkrelidze: EU integration: A view from Georgia - Interview with Ghia Nodia 

August 17, 2018

Tamar Gamkrelidze conducted an interview with Prof. Nodia of the International School of Caucasus Studies at the Ilia State University in Tbilisi on the threats, opportunities and challenges of European integration for Georgia. Prof. Nodia points out that, despite domestic and external challenges, there is a political consensus on - and a stable popularity of - European integration in Georgia.   

EUCACIS in Brief No. 4 can be downloaded here.



EUCACIS in Brief No. 3: Violetta Manukyan (Petrosyan): Keeping up with Armenia: The key developments of the post-revolutionary period

August 13, 2018

Manukyan is describing and assessing the political situation in Armenia after the anti-governmental protests of April and May 2018, in particular the steps taken by the new government to fight corruption and establish resilient democratic rules, as well as the changing attitudes of the people. The brief gives deep insights into the political and societal transformations currently going on in the country.

EUCACIS in Brief No. 3 can be downloaded here.



EUCACIS in Brief No. 2: Sergey Yun: Some European-Eurasian perspectives on regional integration

April 20, 2017

The author offers a brief analysis of two integration projects in Eurasia – Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative. He scrutinizes the different approaches to integration among the EAEU member states. What’s more, he sees the interests of other countries in cooperation with EAEU as an indicator of the Union’s economic viability. The author also claims that the EU’s reluctance to established official ties with EAEU is seen in Moscow as being driven by geopolitics, which the EU itself always condemns. As For the Silk Road Economic Belt, he explains the reasons of Russia’s skepticism related to this particular project.

EUCACIS in Brief No. 2 can be downloaded here.



EUCACIS in Brief No. 1: Frederick Starr: Central Asia, the West, State and Religion

April 20, 2017

Considering the Western policy towards Central Asia in the direct aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Starr sees a general blindness of the West to the importance of cultural values. That led the West to severely undervalue or even ignore the importance of its own values, especially in the area of religion. Therefore, Starr explains that the West should affirm the importance of secular states and laws as such and to work with Central Asian states to develop institutions and practices that best embody these ideas in the context of their societies.

EUCACIS in Brief No. 1 can be downloaded here.