Monday | 09 November. 2015
WiP: The Evolution of Georgia's Reintegration Policy, November 11 - Ann Tsurtsumia-Zurabashvili

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils present the 8th talk of the Fall 2015 Works-in-Progress season:

"The Evolution of Georgia's Reintegration Policy: An Analysis of Presidential Addresses"
Ann Tsurtsumia-Zurabashvili, Dublin City University

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6:30pm
EPF/CRRC-Georgia, Kavsadze St. 3, Tbilisi

As part of this study, Ann examined the evolution of Georgia’s policy towards the issue of territorial integrity (reintegration policy) through Presidential addresses to the parliament during the period of 1997-2014. Prior to the recent constitutional amendments, the Presidency represented the most powerful institution in the Georgian political system. From 1997 the President of Georgia has addressed the parliament annually and the platform has been used to voice policy initiatives. Analysis of these presidential addresses allows one to examine not only the evolution of policy, but also to observe shifts in policy resulting from the changes in government/regime. This analysis is based on 18 speeches by E. Shevardnadze, M. Saakashvili and G. Margvelashvili.

Ann Tsurtsumia is currently a Marie Curie PhD Fellow at Dublin City University in Ireland. Her PhD research focuses on counter-recognition and reintegration strategies towards de facto states in the post-Soviet space, analyzing the period from the early 1990s using the cases of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova.

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the Eurasian Partnership Foundation at Kavsadze St. 3. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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