Development of the Tbilisi Railway Line

Authors: Irakli Zhvania

This document provides a complex assessment of the mainstream opinions and approaches concerning the Tbilisi rail line through the lens of urban planning and city development. Relocating the passenger carrier railroad to the city bypass route is extremely unreasonable and will have significant long-term negative consequences either from the city development or strategic and operational perspectives. 

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Challenges to the Citizen Participation in the Local Self-Governance

Authors: Koka Kiguradze

The government bears the responsibility to ensure that pandemic doesn’t completely undermine existing weak connections between citizens and the government, especially local government. The paper reviews the current challenges of citizen participation in local self-government and recommendations that include the introduction of various methods of e-government.

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The Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Georgia’s Economy – Regional Analysis

Authors: Tamar Khorbaladze

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a severe healthcare crisis and brought a devastating impact on the economy. The world, including Georgia, started assessing the scale and scope of damage back in Spring 2020, but by the end of the year, the impact became more explicit and measurable, even on the regional level. Therefore, presented projections and recommendations are more grounded and realistic.

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13 Myths About Stalin

Authors: Levan Tsutskiridze Bondo Kupatadze

The publication “13 Myths About Stalin” has been commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). The aim of the publication is to refute myths about Stalin, which were created by the totalitarian state and which are still widespread in Georgia. The publication explores the sources, reasons, and causes of the longevity of the 13 most widespread myths about Stalin. Totalitarian regimes are constantly encased in myths and legends, some of which are formed during the existence of the regimes and serve to strengthen the system. Other parts of the myths are formed later, in a different social environment, as a result of public attitude or deliberately by the state or social institutions or at their commission. Many myths exist regarding Stalin’s biography. We have selected 13 the most popular and the most widespread myths about Stalin.

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Robbery Without a Mask: The Cost of Politics in Georgia

Authors: Levan Tsutskiridze

The Georgian political finance system is manipulated to the advantage of the incumbent political parties and it had eventually evolved into a system that distorts political representation and undermines democratic social contract in the country. Elections have become a profit-making endeavour for the politicians and electoral organizations that have otherwise consistently failed to leave any substantial mark in political life. Georgian voters spend disproportionately more on campaign finance than many citizens of developed economies. The next wave of the reforms of political finance system should consider addressing these loopholes that have often been deliberately left open to be exploited by politicians for their partisan and economic inter beyond the public scrutiny.

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