Russia Turns from Ukraine to Moldova

As with Ukraine, Putin is testing Europe’s resolve to see its expansion plans, and the dreams on which it was made, stand.

Iran as the Unseen Hand in Former Soviet Republic Power Plays

Tehran has ruthlessly exploited its near environs almost perfectly, challenging halting Western inroads in the area through soft power and trade while also never angering Moscow, a jealous if still-wounded imperial giant.

Energy Security: The Key to Eastern Europe’s Future

Despite signs of growing political instability in Tbilisi, this promises to be the groundwork for a revolution in Georgia, the former Soviet Union, and Europe as a whole.

Georgia Since the War – Promise Delayed

Five years on, Moscow continues its program of destabilization; only the administration in Tbilisi appears to be less resistant.

Presidential Election in Georgia Gearing Up

As long as Georgia’s leadership is more concerned with settling scores than governing, Georgia’s decade of democratic progress is in jeopardy.

Georgia Struggles With Iranian Investment

If Iran could easily turn to other commercial outlets, it already would be using them. Indeed, despite the recent tensions, an Iran-Georgia trade forum went ahead in early July, with business meetings and a product exhibition.

Georgia Risks Good Will of West

Holding officials accountable for abusing their positions is critical; nevertheless, democracy will be forever unstable and insecure if the victors use their newly acquired powers to prosecute (or persecute) their opponents.

Dueling Visions of Georgia Abroad Catch Fire in Tbilisi

The overall message here is that Tbilisi is keenly aware of Western media. Let us hope that they continue to perceive this pressure and return Georgia to a more normal democratic path — away from Russia.

Making Cohabitation Work in Georgia

Georgia’s political development will be smoother if the two leaders reach a modus vivendi in which a vigorous opposition is able to operate freely, irrespective of the party in power. The people of Georgia deserve no less.

Georgia to Investigate 2008 Russian Conflict

This new investigation is sure to raise more questions about Ivanishvili’s commitment to the democratic progress Georgia made under his predecessor.