Georgia’s Europeanization challenged from within: Domestic foreign policy discourses and increasing polarization

Published: 16 Aug 2021

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.