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Analyses | | Krzysztof Strachota

The presidential inauguration ceremony has closed the process – ongoing since October 2012 – of transferring power from Mikheil Saakashvili and his party.

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

Giorgi Margvelashvili, the candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition, has won the presidential election, taking 62% of the vote

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

On 27 October presidential elections will be held in Georgia. The favourite to win is the candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) coalition, Giorgi Margvelashvili. These elections are a turning point in the country’s recent history…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

A presidential election is to be held on 9 October in Azerbaijan. Ilham Aliyev, the incumbent president, is set to win the election. The situation ahead of the election indicates that country’s political system is cemented in place:…

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

On 2 September Georgia's Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili confirmed that he intends to leave politics.  Though stepping down, Ivanishvili will de facto retain instruments of influence over both the ruling coalition  and the government…

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

On 26 August in a southern village inhabited by both Orthodox and Muslim Georgians, the local authorities dismantled the minaret of the local mosque. The reasons given for this were that its construction was unauthorised. This sparked…

Analyses | | Szymon Ananicz

After a meeting in Novo-Ogariovo near Moscow on 3 September, the presidents of Russia and Armenia, Vladimir Putin and Serzh Sargsyan, adopted a statement declaring that Armenia has decided to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

Vladimir Putin visited Baku on 13 August. The most important effect of the visit was the framework co-operation agreement signed by Rosneft and the Azeri energy company SOCAR. The deal indicates that Russia, in exchange for refraining…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz, Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

On 26 June the Austrian holding, OMV announced that the consortium operating in Shah Deniz, the largest gas field in Azerbaijan, had not selected the Nabucco West project as its route for Azerbaijani gas to Europe. Despite there being…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

Tension has been rising in the Southern Caucasus over the past few months. This is primarily an effect of the upcoming presidential elections in Georgia and Azerbaijan (October) and the fact that another stage bringing the region closer…