· July, 2007

Stories about Georgia from July, 2007

Caucasus: Attitudes towards NGOs

  31 July 2007

Social Science in the Caucasus unveils some figures on how people in the three countries Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia perceive non-governmental organisations.

Georgia: Art-Gene Festival

  23 July 2007

Bringing together folklore from all Georgian regions, this year's Art-Gene festival proved to be very successful. Nutsa has posted plenty of pictures of the event.

Caucasus: Arms race

  20 July 2007

Onnik Krikorian is concerned that with all states in the Caucasus increasing their military spending, an arms race and – worst of all – new military conflicts can become a likely future scenario.

Eastern Europe: Swedish Blog Update 2007

In his comprehensive review, Vilhelm Konnander writes that, unfortunately, Swedish foreign minister is no longer blogging about Eastern European affairs, but otherwise, "the Swedish blogosphere on Eastern Europe is undergoing expansion and some of the necessary stabilisation to form the dynamic density needed for a blog community. [...] A disadvantage for the international audience is that blogs, with few exceptions, are in Swedish."

Georgia: Fundamentalist church?

  19 July 2007

Georgia on my Mind is concerned that the Georgian church might be on a path back to the middle ages and is not as hospitable as Georgian society. Her reason to think so? Wearing skirts has become obligatory for female visitors in some of the country's churches.

Caucasus: Governance

  19 July 2007

HansG looks at a new World Bank study that compares the quality of governance in the world. He has a closer look at the three countries in the Caucasus – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and highlights trends of the last 10 years.

Georgia: Controversial murder

  14 July 2007

Melissa is appalled that the murder of a famous politician is being brought into connection with the repatriation of the Meshkhetian Turks. The murder victim, Guram Sharadze, had always spoken against inviting the ethnic minority to return to Georgia.

Central Asia: Clash of opinion

  14 July 2007

Josh Foust engages in an extremely interesting discussion with an Uzbek journalist (working for a Russian news agency) about Western promotion of democracy in Central Asia.

Caucasus: The state of democracy

  11 July 2007

Social Science in the Caucasus has a closer look at the The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2007 Index of Democracy, in which Georgia and Armenia are classified as hybrid and Azerbaijan as an authoritarian regime.

Georgia: Meshkhetian Turks

  9 July 2007

The Meshkhetian Turks’ origins are clouded in controversy, and whether or not Georgia should allow this 300,000-strong community to return to their past homeland is dividing the political establishment. Steady State first posts a valuable backgrounder about the ethnic minority and then proceeds to evaluate the why's and why not's...

Georgia: Art-Gene Festival

  9 July 2007

Along with pictures, Nutsa reports on the Georgian Art-Gene Festival, which brings many customs from the regions to the capital Tblisi.