The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has been active in the South Caucasus since 1996. The work began with projects of the political education in Azerbaijan, from 2002 also in Armenia and Georgia. The office is located in Tbilisi, Georgia. The main focus of the work is the transformation process of former soviet republics towards modern democracies with free political systems based on social market economy and the rule of law.
Pro-European uprising in Georgia
In early March, thousands of pro-European demonstrators gathered in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, to protest against the passing of the so-called "Foreign Agents" law, which was perceived by the majority of the population as pro-Russian. The aim of the protest was to secure the path to the EU as written in the constitution of Georgia. Despite the police crackdown on protestors, the protestors held out and the bill was voted down.
The Caucasus after Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has a major negative impact, especially on countries that suffer from territorial conflicts and have experienced wars in which Russia played an important role. Are old fronts in the Caucasus now breaking up again because Russian troops are tied up in Ukraine? What political reactions followed the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia?
Circumventing Russia: Can the South Caucasus connect the West to the East?
“The South Caucasus - a region considered by its inhabitants as the center of the world and by outsiders as the edge of nowhere” goes a saying. However, the Russian war in Ukraine and the war in Nagorno-Karabakh shifted the geopolitical situation radically. The region can play a bigger role because of recent geopolitical events: the Russia-West conflict, Chinese expansion, EU energy crisis. Probably one of the biggest in the long history, if communication networks are opened: potential East-West corridor that will connect China with Europe and the South-North corridor that will connect India with Europe.
Youth Political Hub for Freedom Award Ceremony
On March 5th, the "Youth Political Hub for Freedom" held its fifth season awards ceremony. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the exceptional politicians, experts, and professors who shared their valuable insights with our graduates on current affairs and vital issues affecting Georgia.
Diplomatic thaw between Turkey and Armenia?
Once again, two earthquakes shook the Turkish-Syrian border region yesterday, killing six people in Turkey. To ensure better care for the survivors, Turkey opened a border crossing despite deep enmity with neighbouring Armenia. Armenia was one of the first countries to send rescue teams to both Turkey and Syria. Through humanitarian cooperation, the two countries are now seeking to normalise their relations. Can a rapprochement succeed despite the disputes that have lasted for almost a century?
Think Freedom: Freedom is an Action
After the successful premiere in Sofia, the documentary portrait of Denitsa Lyubenova is storming the international film festivals. Starting on a national basis at the Sofia Pride Film Fest in Bulgaria, the documentary makes its way over the neighboring country North Macedonia all the way to Berlin, Germany and London, the UK. "Think Freedom: Freedom is an Action' tells the story of the human rights lawyer and activist Denitsa Lyubenova of the LGBTI organization Deystvie.
Media Environment 2022: Threats and supporting mechanisms in Georgia
A new study by our partner "Media Voice" presents the impact of political polarization and crisis in Georgia on media vitality, focusing in particular on how well journalists are protected in Georgia, how crimes committed against journalists are being investigated and what is being done to end the violence.