WiP: Geneva International Discussions

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 15th talk of the Spring 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!

“Geneva International Discussions: from Technical Talks to Political Dialogue”

By Ann Tsurtsumia-Zurabashvili, Eurasia Democratic Security Network, Center for Social Sciences

Date: May 29, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

Geneva International Discussions (GID) were set up in the aftermath of the August war in 2008, to guarantee implementation of the Six Point Ceasefire agreement signed between the EU and the Russian Federation. After a decade of negotiations in Geneva, fulfillment of the mandate of the GID looks puzzling. Meanwhile, the newly elected President of Georgia calls for renewal of a high level political dialogue instead of technical talks. In the given political reality, a call for reform of the GID format must be treated with high caution by Tbilisi, since Moscow also desires to shift the format but not in Georgia’s interest. Ann Tsurtsumia will discuss what keeps the GID an important instrument for Georgia despite its failures and what are the prospects of moving from the “technical” talks to a political dialogue considering the democracy deficit and security challenges.

Ann Tsurtsumia-Zurabashvili is a Policy Fellow at the Eurasia Democratic Security Network (EDSN). Previously, she was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Dublin City University (Ireland). Her research focuses on counter-recognition and reintegration strategies towards de facto states in the post-Soviet area.

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W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. 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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