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.
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.
Armenia and Georgia: Security challenges or challenges for security 2022?
This publication is a collection of articles based on ‘Armenia - Georgia Neighborhood: Experts Dialogue – Armenia and Georgia: Security challenges or challenges for security 2022?’ event which took place in Tbilisi in September 2022. The articles analyse the current security challenges in the South Caucasus, specifically after the Karabakh war in 2020 and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Global Europe – Global Expectations
The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine poses an unprecedented threat to Europe and the international rules-based order. The liberal model of democracy – based on a set of values of open societies, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and a market economy – is being openly challenged by actors who wish to destroy our way of life. This analysis was created in cooperation of FNF South Caucasus partner and head of Free Democrats Party, Tamar Kekenadze.
The New West
Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine has profoundly changed the global political situation. These developments call for new political answers. In the
debate about the shape of the future, liberal voices must be heard loudly. THE NEW WEST study outlines Liberal proposals for a strategic paradigm shift after 24 February.
Artistic Freedom in Armenia
This research aims to study one of the issues of the Armenian art scene - the condition of artistic freedom. The research tries to show how the representatives of art scene perceive their freedom of expression. The study reveals the fields and gaps which will need an additional enquiry. One of the goals of the research to trigger a deeper analysis of the revealed gaps in the future.
Interview with Justice Albie Sachs on Soft Vengeance, Armenia-Turkey relations and other topics
We were glad to host Justice Albie Sachs in Armenia this fall and we are happy to present this interview, which we were able to videotape during the visit. In this interview Justice Sachs tells the story and ideas behind soft vengeance, presents democratic state building experience in South African Republic, and shares his thoughts on Armenia-Turkey relations and other interesting topics.