Quantifying the Caucasus’ gains from BRI trade

Eurasianet September 28, 2021

Two new papers find that Georgia and Azerbaijan would gain more from improving trade with their neighbours than pursing a place on the Belt and Road.

New study adds to Caucasus’ brag sheet: Cradle of lettuce

David Trilling for Eurasianet September 23, 2021

Geneticists say the popular vegetable was first domesticated in the region.

Georgia flooded with leaked surveillance recordings of clergy

Tornike Mandaria for Eurasianet September 20, 2021

The massive release of “kompromat” focused on the country’s powerful church but also provided evidence of state snooping on journalists, politicians and diplomats.

BUCHAREST BLOG: Romania’s anti-corruption struggle still inspiring its neighbours

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 19, 2021

With relatively few true success stories in the fight against corruption in emerging Europe, the efforts of the Romanian DNA to bring corrupt officials to book remain one of the few shining lights of the anti-corruption struggle in the region.

Georgian tourism struggles to recover

Manana Vardiashvili for IWPR September 16, 2021

Once a key economic driver, the sector has been hard hit by COVID-19 and political turbulence.

Memoir | 9/11 shifted the world. In Central Asia, diplomatic frenzy ensued

Richard E. Hoagland for Eurasianet September 10, 2021

Behind the scenes with an American negotiator who helped forge a radical new level of US engagement in Central Asia after 9/11.

As Georgia rebuffs the West, investors reconsider

Neil Hauer in Tbilisi September 10, 2021

Country's image as a business haven seems to have reached its limits. Raft of scandals, major failed investment deals and a corrupt, unreformed judiciary have nearly ground investment to a halt.

Unpacking Eurasia’s role in the Afghanistan evacuation

Eurasianet September 3, 2021

Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.

Kazakhstan wheat redirected away from Afghanistan

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet August 26, 2021

Iran and Georgia considered as alternatives.

500 sheep killed by lightning strike in southern Georgia

Neil Hauer in Tbilisi August 24, 2021

More than 500 sheep were killed after being hit by a lightning strike at a pasture in the Ninotsminda region in southern Georgia.

Baltic states ‘block Georgian PM’s official visit plans amid Tbilisi failure to crack down on far right’

Neil Hauer in Tbilisi August 5, 2021

Report says officials upset by perceived unwillingness of Tbilisi to punish those responsible for violence against journalists and LGBTQ activists that resulted in cancellation of Tbilisi Pride event.

COLCHIS: Where is Strategic Communications Headed in Georgia?

Mariam Takaishvili of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network August 5, 2021

Dramatically rising prices, rioting over the Tbilisi pride and protests against the ruling Georgian Dream party are undermining the country’s reputation as a liberal reformer and weakening the government’s ability to communicate with voters

Georgia’s Western honeymoon – coming to an end?

Neil Hauer in Tbilisi August 4, 2021

For the Georgian Dream government, its failure to respond to far-right mobs hunting LGBTQ activists and beating journalists was a PR disaster. Critics say it’s time for US and EU to wake up to its shift towards illiberalism.

Chunky inflation growth takes Georgia’s headline rate to 11.9% y/y in July

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 4, 2021

Arguments in favour of a rate hike have accumulated.

Georgia’s ruling party abandons EU brokered deal that ended country’s political crisis

Neil Hauer in Yerevan July 28, 2021

Georgian Dream claims going into local elections with main opposition yet to sign the agreement would "would be harmful for Georgia’s interests".

Georgia may be most homophobic country in Europe data suggests

bne IntelIiNews July 28, 2021

Orthodox Christian priests participated in riot that caused cancellation of Tbilisi Pride, but research suggests homophobia is prevalent throughout Georgian society. Turkey ranked second most homophobic.

Georgian e-commerce market more than tripled in 2020 report says

Neil Hauer in Yerevan July 21, 2021

E-commerce in Georgia increased more than threefold year-on-year in 2020 to nearly $45mn, a new Galt&Taggart report states.

Georgia’s banks boast biggest profits ever in June

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest July 21, 2021

Also, in January-June, aggregated profits exceeded one billion lari, or more than $300mn.

Georgia’s June domestic exports expand 18.5% versus two years ago

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest July 20, 2021

Against first half of 2020, exports, at $1.38bn, rose by 27.8% y/y and, more importantly when it comes to the long-term trend, grew 24.2% compared to 1H 2019.

Georgia's foreign trade in first half up 21.3% y/y

bne IntelIiNews July 14, 2021

Georgia's foreign trade turnover recovered to pre-coronavirus crisis levels in Jan-Jun this year. The trade deficit was slightly smaller, yet amounted to 15% of full-year GDP.