“Georgia’s Europeanization challenged from within: Domestic foreign policy discourses and increasing polarization”, Salome Minesashvili (NUPI, Norway)

Georgia`s foreign policy, especially the implementation of international agreements, is best understood in the context of domestic contestation among alternative foreign policy views.

  • Nativist views exert increasing influence on the Georgian public. Georgia’s European partners should engage the Georgian public through civil society support and people-to-people contacts, to build trust and facilitate open debate.
  • The exclusive character of differing foreign policy positions further fuels the extreme political polarization. The government and opposition should be encouraged to come together over shared democratic values, instead of playing up the differences.

Pluralism and tolerance should be encouraged in the public and media debate.

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