• Polyakova Joins Voice of America Georgia to Discuss Russian Propaganda in Georgia

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  • Cohen Quoted by Accent on Georgia and Russia

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  • Wilson Joins Voice of America Georgian Service to Discuss the Joint US-UK-Georgian Military Exercises

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  • The Long Arm of Russian “Soft” Power

    Anxious about losing ground to Western influence in the post-Soviet space and the ousting of pro-Russia elites by popular electoral uprisings in the early 2000s, the Kremlin has developed a range of proxy groups in support of its foreign policy. This network of pro-Kremlin groups promotes the Russian World (Russkiy Mir), a flexible tool that justifies increasing Russian actions in the post-Soviet space and beyond. Russian groups are particularly active in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine—countries that have declared their desire to integrate with the West.

    Russia employs a vocabulary of “soft power” to disguise its “soft coercion" efforts aimed at retaining regional supremacy. Russian pseudo-NGOs undermine the social cohesion of neighboring states through the consolidation of pro-Russian forces and ethno-geopolitics; the denigration of national identities; and the promotion of anti-US, conservative Orthodox, and Eurasianist values. They also aim to establish alternative discourses to confuse decision-making, and act as destabilizing forces by uniting paramilitary groups and spreading aggressive propaganda.

    The activities of these proxy groups—combined with the extensive Russian state administrative resources and security apparatus, as well as the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church, pro-Russian elites, mass culture, and the media—may seriously damage fragile political transitions and civil societies in the region.

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  • How to Solve Ukraine’s Security Dilemma

    The Case for a New Security Pact between the Baltic and Black Seas

    A main reason for the recent escalation of tensions in Eastern Europe is the absence of an effective security structure encompassing such militarily weak countries as Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. While Ukrainian public opinion has recently made a U-turn from a rejection to an embrace of NATO, the Alliance will not be ready to extend its commitments farther east anytime soon. Although future enlargement of the Alliance is possible, Ukraine’s confrontation with Russia as well as Moscow’s anti-Western stance would have to decrease significantly for that to happen. Recently, the opposite tendency was on display: The more aggression the Kremlin has shown, the less likely it is that the North Atlantic Council will open its doors to new members in conflict with Moscow.

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  • Georgia’s President Wants Security Guarantees for Eastern Partnership Countries

    Paris, Brussels terrorist attacks add to urgency, says Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili

    The terrorist attacks on Paris and Brussels show that there is an urgent need for “bigger security guarantees” for countries of the Eastern Partnership, Georgia’s President, Giorgi Margvelashvili, said at the Atlantic Council on March 30.

    “At the end of the day…are we ready to open our eyes and face the reality that security, even security of NATO, is not solved without the security of other countries,” asked Margvelashvili.

    “This is a reality that has been revealed in a very severe and terrible format,” he added referring to the attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, and on Brussels on March 22 of this year. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for both of the attacks.

    Margvelashvili said the attacks had shown the extent of the challenge for even the “most strong military alliance and the countries in this alliance.”

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  • Event with Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Featured in Democracy Digest

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  • InterPressNews Features Atlantic Council Event with Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

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  • Georgia Looks to Attract US Business

    Deep-sea port contract for US firm, economic development plan could encourage other US companies, says Georgia’s Foreign MinisterMikheil Janelidze

    Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze is hopeful that his government’s decision to award a multibillion dollar contract to a US-based company and a new economic development plan will attract more US firms to Georgia.

    In February, a US-Georgian consortium was awarded a $2.5 billion contract to build and develop a deep-sea port in Anaklia on Georgia’s Black Sea coast. The Anaklia Development Consortium is a joint venture of Georgia’s TBC Holding LLC and Conti International LLC, a US-based provider of infrastructure construction services.

    “We are sure that the participation of an American company in that project will attract other US companies to Georgia,” Janelidze said in an interview at the Atlantic Council in Washington on March 16.

    “We are making sure, at the government level, that we facilitate this business-to-business interaction between the United States and Georgia,” he added. To this end, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will visit the United States in the coming months on what Janelidze described as an “investment roadshow.”

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