Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Don’t be fooled: Russia is still NATO’s greatest challenge

“Russia has shown with its actions that it is a serious security threat,” Estonian defense minister Jüri Luik said during a panel discussion on Baltic and Black sea security during the NATO engages event in London on December 3. “For Lithuania, [Russia] is the only external existential threat we have,” added Lithuanian defense minister Raimundas Karoblis.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

NATO Northern Europe

Tue, Jul 9, 2019

Georgia protests are not a showcase of Russophobia

Outside observers must resist conflating anti-Kremlin sentiment with Russophobia.

New Atlanticist by Tina Maglakelidze

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Tue, Jul 2, 2019

For Armenia’s Pashinyan, Poroshenko’s presidency should serve as a cautionary tale

The fate of Ukraine’s former president Petro Poroshenko, another post-revolutionary leader in a former Soviet state, should illustrate for Pashinyan the perils of failing to keep promises to combat judicial corruption.

New Atlanticist by Colby Galliher

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Tue, May 7, 2019

Anti-LGBT Facebook Posts Proliferate in Georgia Before Tbilisi Pride

Anti-Western and far-right Facebook pages began to disseminate anti-LGBT content following the announcement of Georgia’s first-ever large-scale pride event.

Article by Eto Buziashvili

Disinformation English

Thu, May 2, 2019

Armenia Assailed by Deceptive “Fact-Checking” Groups, Part 2: The Coordination

Two Armenian Facebook pages masqueraded as impartial fact-checking organizations to discredit the government of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

Article by Zarine Kharazian, Eto Buziashvili, and Yulia Reshitko

Civil Society Disinformation

Thu, May 2, 2019

Armenia Assailed by Deceptive “Fact-Checking” Groups, Part 1: The Players

The DFRLab has uncovered a sophisticated influence operation with the aim of discrediting Nikol Pashinyan and his supporters under the hashtag #SutNikol.

Article by Zarine Kharazian, Eto Buziashvili, and Yulia Reshitko

Civil Society Disinformation

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

US international broadcasting: recommendations from the Eurasian experience

Perhaps the most important US tool for contesting these narratives, directly to the populations Moscow targets, is US international broadcasting.

Report by Thomas Kent

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Tue, Apr 9, 2019

It’s time to invite Georgia to join NATO

Leaving Georgia with a promise as protection in an increasingly dangerous neighborhood may only encourage Russia to exploit the West’s hesitation and retard the tenuous progress made in Tbilisi thus far.

New Atlanticist by Colby Galliher

Democratic Transitions NATO
US Senator Chris Murphy

Wed, Apr 3, 2019

US Sen. Chris Murphy warns allies to be vigilant about the ‘quiet things’ Russia is doing

Murphy says Russia funding "fight clubs and biker clubs" in the Baltic States to exploit domestic instability.

NATOat70 by Ashish Kumar Sen

China NATO

Tue, Mar 12, 2019

Complications in Tbilisi’s friendship with Kyiv

Georgia and Ukraine have become close political allies over the last two decades. That closeness may be currently under threat, however. Despite the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s groundbreaking autocephaly, or independence, from the Russian Orthodox Church at the beginning of 2019, the Georgian Orthodox Church has failed to congratulate Ukrainian authorities or take any official position […]

UkraineAlert by Tamar Chapidze and Andreas Umland

Civil Society Nationalism