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08 September 2016

Archive of back issues of Caucasus Concise, the weekly digest of news and analysis about the Caucasus  and the wider South-West Eurasia region. Caucasus Concise is available by subscription. The digest is available in the archive one week after publication.

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9 November 2017

100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT OCTOBER REVOLUTION; THOUSANDS DIE IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN TURKEY EVERY YEAR; NALBANDIAN IN ISRAEL

Low key ceremonies mark the 100th anniversary of the Great October Revolution; Preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit are ongoing in earnest; Armenian Foreign Minister pays rare official visit to Israel.

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2 November 2017

THE CAUCASUS AS A GLOBAL INTERCONNECTOR; A FOOTBALLER'S ACT CHALLENGES HOMOPHOBIA IN GEORGIA; WINE MAKING IN ARMENIA

Caucasus countries seek to restore the role of the region as a global interconnector; 161,885 Georgians travel to Europe visa-free in seven months

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26 October 2017

SPECIAL ISSUE: TURKEY IN THE WORLD

Turkey and Uzbekistan renew ties after 20 years; Kaladze is the new boss in Tbilisi; EaEU prime ministers meet in Yerevan

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19 October 2017

ALIYEV AND SARGSYAN AGREE TO RE-ENGAGE IN TALKS; DRAFT TEXT OF NEW EU-ARMENIA AGREEMENT PUBLISHED; BATUMI'S SHANTY TOWN

Aliyev and Sargsyan agree to re-start talks on Karabakh at Geneva summit; Experts say not much more could have been expected; Georgians vote in municipal elections.

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12 October 2017

WILL ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN "RE-ENGAGE"? MATILDA AND THE RUSSIANS; TAMING THE BEAR

Armenia and Azerbaijan promise to re-engage; Trump’s Iran antics and the South Caucasus; Georgia’s constitution.

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5 October 2017

ECHOES OF CATALUNYA IN THE CAUCASUS; THE SCARCITY OF "GLOBAL ARMENIANS" IN ARMENIA; MEHMAN HUSSEYNOV

Echoes of Catalunya vibrate in the Caucasus; Armenia and the EU; 10th century Church at the centre of a dispute in Georgia; IFEX calls for Mehman Huseynov's freedom

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28 September 2017

WAITING FOR THE SUMMIT; PUTIN'S COURT... AND ARMY; GEORGIANS IN ISTANBUL

Summit of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents to be held “in the near future”; Georgian Parliament adopts constitutional changes; Azerbaijan may allow high profile prisoners to continue serving their sentence in the community.

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21 September 2017

ARMENIAN AND AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENTS LAMBAST EACH OTHER AT UNGA; IRAN IN THE CAUCASUS; LESBIANS IN CHECHNYA

BP to invest US$ 40 billion in Azerbaijan oil and gas industry

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14 September 2017

SOROS IS AZERBAIJAN'S NEW "BUKABOO"; TURKEY BANS CHOPIN; TURKISH-IRANIAN RELATIONS. 

Religious leaders talk peace in Karabakh; Ilham Aliyev shows clemency; Armenia and Azerbaijan gear up for new agreements with the EU.

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7 September 2017

RUSSIAN EXPERTS SAY EUROPEANS ARE TOO POLITICAL; CLEARING MINES IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH; GEORGIA'S BASKETBALL HOPES END IN DISSAPOINTMENT.

Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey trilateral co-operation set to intensify; Georgian Priest sentenced to nine years imprisonment for plotting to poison the secretary of the Patriarch; Azerbaijan reacts sharply to report accusing it of using a multi-billion slash fund to paddle influence;

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31 August 2017

NEW US CO-CHAIR FOR OSCE MINSK PROCESS; INCIDENTS IN THE REGION HIGHLIGHT POOR FIRE REGULATIONS AND LOW PUBLIC AWARENESS OF FIRE HAZARDS;

The two Mehmans; Armenia's isolation; What do you call a kebab in Russia?

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24 August 2017

PUTIN MEETS SARGSYAN; FOREST FIRES IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS; AGRICULTURE IN AZERBAIJAN

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17 August 2017

RUSSIA READY FOR DIALOGUE, BUT.....; CHINA IN THE CAUCASUS; GEORGIA REMEMBERS ABKHAZ WAR

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10 August 2017

SPECIAL ISSUE ON GEORGIA. Georgia marks 9th anniversary of August war with Russia; Putin in Abkhazia; 100 countries represented at Rouhani swearing-in ceremony as President of Iran; Turkmenistan President in Baku.

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3 August 2017

Pence in Tbilisi, The US cavalry in Georgia; Armenia warms up to Iran.

The visit of US Vice President Pence to Georgia is a game-changer. In this op-ed, Dennis Sammut says that the visit of US Vice President Mike Pence to Georgia was a game changer. "It can help to make the Russians more aware of US and NATO commitment to Georgia. It gives the Georgians some comfort with regards to their security concerns. It should also give them more confidence to engage more with Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of a process to find a lasting and peaceful solution to the region's conflicts." Read it here

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27 July 2017

Aliyev and Putin meet in Sochi; Aghmashenebeli Avenue in the eye of the storm; A Karabakh monastery at the centre of controversy

Little hope for a negotiated solution to the Karabakh conflict in the short-term. Armenian and Azerbaijani societies continue to prepare for war despite the prospect of a presidential summit in the autumn. The best-case scenario is a continuation of low intensity conflict along the line of contact, says Dr Benyamin Poghosyan Read it here

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20 July 2017

Interconnected regions. Not so long ago the countries of the Caucasus and those of the Gulf region, despite their geographic proximity, were worlds apart - the first isolated, even if colourful part,on the fringe of the Soviet Union, the other a resource-rich back water under the firm grip of the British. They seemed to have nothing at all in common, and independence achieved in most cases in the last quarter of the 20th century, seemed to take them even further apart. Yet all this is changing, and we are seeing an upsurge in relations ... Read it here

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13 July 2017

Cynics should hold their peace. Young civil society has much to give. Opinion: "At a work-shop with young people from 14 countries in Borjomi last weekend I was once more reminded of the great resource of hope, ideas, energy and good will that lies largely untapped, but that is much needed if we are going to seriously engage in tackling global and regional challenges ahead", writes Dennis Sammut in this op-ed.

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6 July 2017

Armenia and Azerbaijan should sign and ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. In a speech in Strasbourg this week High Representative federica Morgherini spoke about the importance of the International Criminal Court. Her message is of particular importance in the Caucasus region. Read it here

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29 June 2017

A continent that had got accustomed to peace, reflects on the risks of war. The Annual Security Review Conference in the framework of the OSCE - the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe - provides a yearly opportunity for diplomats and military experts from the 57 member states of the organisation to take stock of the security situation in Europe. This year's conference took place in Vienna 27-29 June, and was opened by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who is also the current Chairman-in-Office of the organisation. The atmosphere at the Hofburg Palace during this year's proceedings was rather sombre. Read it here

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22 June 2017

About nuances and subtleties in the Eastern Partnership. The Eastern Partnership is proving to be a versatile and effective instrument, but work needs to continue to fine tune its strategy. Read it here

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15 June 2017

Trilateral regional co-operation in the South Caucasus needs to be pursued, even though it is difficult to achieve. One of the consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was the halt to any sort of regional co-operation in the South Caucasus. The Soviet system promoted "internationalism", yet it did not go out of its way to promote co-operation between the three Union republics in what was then called the Transcaucasus. But at least a semblance of co-operation existed, and there were at least some of the benefits of being in a common state.. Read it here

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8 June 2017

The EU's balancing act in its relationship with Azerbaijan is difficult but necessary. The two sides in February launched negotiations on a new framework agreement that will define the relationship between them for the next decade. Discussion are ongoing, and a new round is expected to take place in Baku also next week, with "political security and trade", reportedly on the agenda. Both Azerbaijan and the European Union see benefit in strong ties between them, are keen to push the negotiations forward and bring them to a quick and successful conclusion. Read it here

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01 June 2017

Importance of confidence-building measures for resolution of the Karabakh conflict stressed at event at European Parliament. The role of the Sarsang Reservoir as a confidence-building measure in support of the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed at an event held in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Speakers and participants in the meeting stressed the importance of confidence-building measures as tools in support of a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the importance to ensure water resources for communities in the conflict affected region. Read it here

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25 May 2017

The ticking time-bomb in the Caucasus. Whilst the onus for a resolution of the Karabakh conflict is primarily with the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan the international community needs to prioritise efforts to help resolve the conflict peacefully before it turns nastier. Read it here

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18 May 2017

Relations between Azerbaijan and Russia appear to have hit an uncharacteristically low point. Public criticism of Russia in Azerbaijan since president Ilham Aliyev came to power in 2003 has been rare, and usually limited to issues related to the Karabakh conflict. The two sides claim that they share a strategic relationship, and President Putin has visited Baku several times in recent years in an effort to cement ties. Problems were usually dealt with in private. It seems however that now the gloves are off, and whilst the tone of the criticism of the last days varied, the messages from both government quarters and parliament were equally forceful. Read it here

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11 May 2017

Georgia's Constitutional debate. A nation-wide consultation was recently launched in Georgia to discuss a raft of amendments to the country's constitution. A constitutional commission, chaired by the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, last month agreed to put forward a package of 43 measures which, if adopted, will have considerable impact on the country's system of governance. Read it here

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4 May 2017

South Ossetia remains an important piece on Putin's chessboard. Sandwiched between Putin's meeting with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, a long awaited telephone conversation with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and preparing for a key meeting on Syria the following day with the President of Turkey, Recip Tayip Erdogan, Putin's meeting with Anatoli Bibilov looks odd by diplomatic standards. Read it here

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27 April 2017

A "Karabakh Spring" is still possible, even if it comes in Autumn. The Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia will meet in Moscow on Friday (28 April) in an effort to restart negotiations for a solution to the Karabakh conflict. In this commentary, Dennis Sammut, says a breakthrough on Karabakh in the coming weeks remains a possibility, despite the all-round pessimism in the region and beyond. Read it here

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20 April 2017

Meet Sergei Lavrov, "defender of the faith". Christianity in Europe has an unlikely new protector. Sergei Lavrov's Easter speech in defence of Christianity in Europe is highly cynical. Read it here

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13 April 2017

Commentary: Beware of Putin's Syria revenge, it may come much closer to home. The US missile strike on Syria, despite Russia's protection, has left president Putin licking his wounds. His response may be closer to home, in Ukraine or Georgia, where Russia still has plenty of assets, and room for manoeuvre. Read it here

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6 April 2017

Commentary: Armenia and Azerbaijan both learned the wrong lessons after last year’s “four-day war”. In this commentary, Dennis Sammut says that Armenia and Azerbaijan have failed to learn the right lessons from the fighting in April 2016, and it is now important they start treating the peace option with as much seriousness and commitment as they are treating the military option. Read it here

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30 March 2017

Editorial: Armenia votes. Expectations in and out of Armenia about these elections, have been modest. Internally political cynicism is the order of the day. Externally, western governments hope for small steps forward. Read it here

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23 March 2017

In Armenia, has everything changed so that everything can remain the same? A new Constitution, a new Prime Minister and plenty of new faces on the candidates list are meant to ensure that the Republican Party of Armenia retains power after the 2 April elections. But commonspace.eu political editor argues in this commentary that Armenian politics also has a habit to throw up surprises - often unpleasant ones - that challenge the obvious certainties. Cosmetic change so that everything can remain the same may therefore no longer be enough. Read it here

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16 March 2017

Did someone try to distabilise Georgia this weekend? A wave of ugly rioting hit the Georgian Black sea port of Batumi on Saturday night. Initial reports suggested that the incident started over an argument on a parking ticket, which soon escalated and turned into a riot, during which dozens were injured and property damaged, and in response to which police fired tear gas and arrested dozens. Such incidents have happened before in many countries, particularly were underlying discontent is simmering beneath the surface. But as things calmed down in Batumi during the day, a somewhat more sinister picture started to emerge, suggesting that this was perhaps not a spontaneous outburst at all, but had been planned in advance. Read it here

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9 March 2017

The case of Mehman Husseynov puts Azerbaijan on the spot. The two-year prison sentence handed down on the young blogger and photo-journalist, Mehman Husseynov, by an Azerbaijani court on 3rd March has once more triggered a wave of criticism of the Azerbaijan government, and its record on freedom of speech and media freedom. The case could not have come at a worse moment for Azerbaijan, only days after the visit of President Ilham Aliev to Brussels and the launch of discussions on a new agreement with the European Union. Read it here

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2 March 2017

Playing with fire. The number of serious incidents in the Karabakh conflict zone continues to increase, with fatalities and casualties among Armenian and Azerbaijani forces reported on a daily basis. The last week was no exception, and there is now increased concern that one such incident may at any time escalate into a much larger and more serious crisis. Read it here

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23 February 2017

There is a lot of good-will towards Armenia in the EU, but Russia remains the elephant in the room. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will on Monday (27 February) start an official visit to the European institutions in Brussels. The visit comes as Armenia and the European Union finalise a new framework agreement that will form a contractual arrangement between them, and will form the basis of their relations for the next decade. In 2013 Armenia was close to signing an Association Agreement with the EU, but at the last moment abandoned the idea and joined instead the Russia led Eurasian Economic Union. Commonspace.eu political editor says in this commentary that there is considerable interest in what the new agreement will look like, and why it will be acceptable to Russia, in a way that the proposed 2013 agreement was not. Read it here

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16 February 2017

EU's engagement with Karabakh is important for peace and humanitarian reasons, but Baku's acquiescence remains necessary. In this op-ed Dennis Sammut argues that the EU needs to find ways of engaging with Nagorno-Karabakh, but to do so meaningfully will require that it has a role in the peace process, and Baku's aquiesence is always going to be necessary. Read it here

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09 February 2017

Azerbaijan and the EU embark on a new chapter in their relationship. The visit of President Aliev to Brussels this week has been very positively assessed in both Brussels and Baku, however this relationship is not an automatic fit, and it will take time and effort on both sides for relations to develop to the qualitative higher level that the two sides want. But what is abundantly clear to both sides is that, this notwithstanding, Azerbaijan and the EU have much to benefit from a strong relationship, and also much to contribute. Read it here

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02 February 2017

The European Parliament approves by a huge majority visa liberalisation for Georgia. Why was this decision so important for Georgia? The European Parliament on Thursday (2 February) adopted by a huge majority a proposal to grant Georgians visa free travel to EU Schengen countries. The report presented by rapporteur Mariya Gabriel was adopted with 553 votes in favour, 66 against, and 28 abstentions. The measure is expected to become operative by the end of March, after it goes through a number of legal formalities within the EU institutions. Read it here

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26 January 2017

Armenia and the European Union try again. The European Union's top diplomat in Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, on Tuesday ( 24 January) gave a very upbeat assessment of the current state of EU-Armenia relations when addressing a new year press conference at Yerevan's media centre. Read it here

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19 January 2017

The re-configuration of Georgian politics. As predicted, the process of re-configuration of Georgian politics, following last October's parliamentary elections, has now started in earnest. The political landscape is changing to reflect the new realities in the country and in the international environment, and this should be assesed positively. Read it here

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12 January 2017

The body of a dead soldier becomes the latest bargaining chip in the messy Karabakh conflict. Early on the 29 December, as the world was preparing to say farewell to a difficult 2016, and to welcome in the new year, an incident happened on the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, some distance away from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, as a result of which both sides suffered casualties. The numbers are not clear since both sides give conflicting accounts of the incident, and of the number of people killed or wounded. Both sides accuse the other of provoking the incident, and of subsequently giving a response. Read it here

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5 January 2017

2017 can be a year of opportunity for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The governments of the three South Caucasus countries need to pursue policies that will contribute to national cohesion as they deal with domestic and external challenges in 2017. The extent to which they can fulfil their ambitious agendas for the year ahead will depend on their willingness and ability to do so. Read it here

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29 December 2016

In 2017 South Caucasus countries will have to navigate a more complicated international context. Over the last year, the active engagement of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with a broad range of international partners mitigated the negative impact of turbulence in regional and international politics. In 2017 the three countries will have to navigate through an even more challenging and complicated regional and international context, and with heightened risks. In the second of three articles looking at the Caucasus in 2016, and prospects for 2017, Dr Dennis Sammut discusses the risks ahead. Read it here

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22 December 2016

South Caucasus countries emerge resilient from a turbulent 2016, but there are bigger tests ahead. A short war, an exemplary election, and a plethora of regional initiatives, are some of the features that characterise the South Caucasus in 2016. In the first of three articles assessing recent events and likely future scenarios, regional analyst Dr Dennis Sammut looks back at how the region fared over the last year. Read it here

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15 December 2016

The OSCE is cumbersome and dysfunctional, but it is the only pan-European security forum around. The ritual of the annual ministerial meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has just taken place in Hamburg. There is broad agreement that something in the organisation needs to change, but very little agreement as to how and what. This commentary by the editorial team of Caucasus Concise highlights the need for more outside focus on the work of the organisation. Read it here

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08 December 2016

Relations between the EU and the three South Caucasus states are entering a new phase. A political will to take relations forward is emerging both within the EU, and in the three countries of the South Caucasus themselves, and good people to people relations between EU citizens and Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Georgians are helping the process considerably. Read it here

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01 December 2016

Commentary: On visa liberalisation, the EU risks discrediting itself in Georgia and beyond. The news that a decision to extend visa free travel for tourists and business visitors from Georgia to EU Schengen countries has been once more postponed has been received with dismay both by Georgians, as well as by those who care about the future relations of the European Union with the Eastern Partnership countries Read it here

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24 November 2016 

Commentary: A team fit for purpose. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Tuesday presented his new cabinet of Ministers, following the convincing victory of the Georgian Dream in last month's Parliamentary elections. The Georgian Parliament convened a few days earlier and selected its key officials for the current legislature. The new Ministers and legislators now have to start addressing the key challenges ahead. Read it here

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17 November 2016

Are Armenia and Azerbaijan preparing for another small war in Karabakh? In this commentary for Caucasus Concise, regional analyst Dr Dennis Sammut considers the risk of further escalation of violence in the Karabakh conflict zone, as tension on the line of contact increases, and in the context of a fluid international situation. Read it here

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10 November 2016

Donald Trump's election as president of the United States has left the world stunned. In the South Caucasus the governments of the three countries were extremely cautious in commenting on Trump, both before and after his election. But it is fair to assume that leaders in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia were no less surprised with a Trump victory, than others in the rest of Europe and the world. Like in other parts of the world too, it is the unpredictability that worries leaders in the region most. Hilary Clinton was the devil they knew, even if they did not like her much. Donald Trump could be either a risk or an opportunity for the three countries. Few can decided which it is going to be. Read it here

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03 November 2016

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia recently celebrated their 25th anniversary of independence. In all three change is perceived as necessary to respond to economic challenges, and address increasing demands by a new post-soviet generation who no longer accept the certainties of the past, and have different demands and expectations. Read it here

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27 October 2016

CAN GEORGIA PROVIDE THE REGION WITH THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS IT DESPERATELY REQUIRES? Georgia's Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili is a man with a plan. Kvirikashvili has emerged from the recent parliamentary elections, held on 8 October, energised and empowered, as he pushes forward an ambitious development agenda for Georgia which boldly claims will turn it into a prosperous and successful country. Read it here

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20 October 2016

COMMENTARY: THE GEORGIAN CONSTITUTION. In the end, what needs to be judged, is not the ability of a particular political party to push through constitutional changes, but the substance of these, changes and the process used to adopt them. Read it here

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13 October 2016

Georgian electorate overwhelmingly votes for pro-European parties. The elections on 8 October were not perfect, but they were the best Georgia ever held, and by far better than those seen in neighbouring countries. Georgia continues to be the exception in the post-Soviet space: determined to pursue a pro-European and Euro-Atlantic path, and embracing democratic principles and practices. These elections were a clear testimony of this. Read it here

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6 October 2016

Has democracy become routine in Georgia? A competitive parliamentary election suggests so. In this report from Tbilisi for commonspace.eu, Dr Carles Jovaní looks at the choices available to the Georgian people as they head to the polls on Saturday, unpacking the policies of the eight main contenders for seats in the 150-member parliament. Read it here

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29 September 2016

Zero tolerance of political violence is a must for Georgia. Two ominous developments over the last days have cast a shadow over an otherwise peaceful election environment. It highlights the need for vigilance as Georgians prepare to go to the polls on 8 October. Caucasus Concise editorial team reflect on developments. Read it here

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22 September 2016

Maintaining a peaceful environment ahead of Georgia’s election. The United States Ambassador to Georgia, Ian Kelly, this week was quoted as describing the campaign ahead of the 8 October parliamentary elections as "very good and exemplary". Indeed, those familiar with Georgia's elections history are pleasantly surprised, but point out that there are two weeks of campaigning yet, and of course election day itself, and surprises cannot be excluded. Read it here

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15 September 2016

Pope's forthcoming visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan is not only full of symbolism, but is also highly significant. The Vatican this week released the programme of the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia in Azerbaijan. The Pope will arrive in Tbilisi on 30 September and will stay until 2 October when he flies to Baku before returning to Rome that same evening. Georgia's Catholic community is small, and in Azerbaijan it is miniscule. Yet both countries in very different ways represent societies and views that the Catholic Church and its leader want to interact with. Read it here

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8 September 2016

Georgia's significant progress, on the road to European and Euro-Atlantic integration, is good for the whole region. Two symbolic yet also significant steps during the course of the last days have taken Georgia closer to achieving its aspirations for integration in the European and Euro-Atlantic community. Read it here

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Ist September 2016

Dossier: With a spectrum of candidates ranging from hard line Stalinists, to others who want to restore the monarchy, the Georgian electorate has much to choose from in the forthcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for 8 October. But most Georgians are in no mood for adventures, and are likely to choose from those options they know best. Read it here

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25 August 2016

Dossier: Whilst most European politicians and bureaucrats have been on their summer holidays events in the south-eastern corner of Europe have been moving fast, and somewhat dramatically. In this Summer Dossier Caucasus Concise examines ten important developments over the last six weeks - all with potential long term implications for the region, and for wider Europe. Read it here

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