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About richard1983a

Richard holds a BA in Politics and Georgian language from the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London, and a MA in Politics, Security and Integration from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. He has worked for the Norwegian Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2009 and the European Centre for Minority Issues in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2010, focusing on human rights, freedom of information and minority rights in both countries. He is currently looking to publish his MA thesis on the political situation of the Armenian minority in Abkhazia.

The end of my blog.

As some of my regular readers will have noticed, I have not updated this blog since the beginning of February. Over the last few months I have been involved in several projects that have left me little time and opportunity … Continue reading

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What 2012 may bring.

We are already writing February in the calendar, and this is my first post of the New Year. Last year was an interesting year as far as both world and Caucasus politics went, and I believe 2012 will be even more so. In … Continue reading

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On Conflict Resolution and Compromise.

I wrote this article for the blog of my friend Giorgi Tskhadaia, Op-ed columnist at Liberali, Georgia’s foremost liberal newspaper. The article basically deals with ways to solve the separatist conflicts in Georgia through a negotiated compromise. The article was not meant as a … Continue reading

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The Myth of Mingrelian Separatism – a reply to Guram Sharia.

On the 4th of November an article by Guram Sharia, a news correspondent based in Tbilisi, Georgia, was published on the site of the Russian news agency Regnum and various other outlets. In his article Sharia argues that the threat of … Continue reading

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The Oligarch, the President and the People.

It has been an interesting few weeks for us Georgia watchers. The biggest bombshell has been the entry of Georgia’s reclusive and enigmatic oligarch and philanthropist Bidzina Ivanishvili into Georgian politics in early October. Ivanishvili has made clear his intention … Continue reading

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The verdict on “The Verdict of the August War.”

Two weeks ago I managed to see the latest production by Studio Re regarding the 2008 August War in Georgia, appropriately titled “The Verdict of the August War.” The film has been available in Georgian for a few months already, … Continue reading

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Did Georgia blow itself up (again)?

A lot has been written lately about a string of bomb attacks that hit the capital Tbilisi last year. The targets appear to have been government buildings and other objects of public significance, including a blast near the US Embassy … Continue reading

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