Georgia, Iran Spar Over Tourists In Hijab

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by Giorgi Lomsadze The government of Iran has reprimanded Georgia for allegedly forcing Iranian women to remove their headscarves at airport security in Tbilisi, an increasingly popular vacation destination for Iranians. Several female passengers on a flight between Tbilisi and the… Continue Reading  

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

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by Joshua Kucera Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United States government is combatting what it sees as a Russia-directed disinformation campaign aimed at getting Georgians to abandon their Western geopolitical orientation. These efforts began… Continue Reading  

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

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by Joshua Kucera The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO. Starting next spring,… Continue Reading  

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

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by Rebecca Ruth Gould While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen War (1999-2009), what struck me most was the large number of Christian graves that resembled Muslim tombstones. I was also struck by the Georgian inscriptions on… Continue Reading  

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

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by Richard Sokolsky and Paul Stronski Geopolitical conditions in the South Caucasus have experienced a substantial shift in recent years. Accordingly, the Trump Administration needs to adjust assumptions in advancing American interests in the region to make the most of its capabilities.… Continue Reading