This report represents a review of political and security developments in the South Caucasus in the 1990s and early 2000s. The first part addresses political and economic situation in the region and provides regional assessment in terms of human rights, economic development, environment protection, among other topics. The second part focuses on security. It provides insight into existing conflicts and potential areas of instability and crisis. In addition, the report also reviews other security threats, such as transnational crime, Islamic radicalism, etc.
Cornell, S. E. (2002). The South Caucasus: A regional and Conflict Assessment. Cornell Caspian Consulting.
This book, based on extensive original research, surveys the most enduring aspects of organized crime and corruption in Georgia and the most important reforms since the Rose Revolution. Endemic crime and corruption had a devastating effect on government and everyday life in Georgia, spurring widespread popular discontent that culminated with the Rose Revolution in 2003. Some of the hopes of the Rose Revolution have been realized, though major challenges lie ahead as Georgia confronts deep-seated crime and corruption issues that will remain central to political, economic, and social life in the years to come.
Shelley, L., Scott, E. R., & Latta, A. (Eds.). (2007). Organized crime and corruption in Georgia. Routledge.
One major repercussion of the Russian-Georgian war of August 2008 was a significant increase in the EU’s presence in Georgia. With the launch of the Eastern Partnership in May 2009, the deployment of an EU monitoring mission in Georgia and the EU’s participation in the Geneva talks, EU-Georgian relations appear to have entered a new stage. The war has also affected Georgia’s foreign policy priorities with the EU acquiring a new significance at the same time as the prospect of NATO integration has become more uncertain. This paper reviews the evolution of EU-Georgian relations since Georgia’s independence and asks whether the post-war context has brought a change in the nature of these relations.
Di Puppo, L. (2010). Between Hesitation and Commitment: The EU and Georgia after the 2008 War. Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program