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.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are restarting peace negotiations
During the 2020 war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan (aided by Turkey) demonstrated huge military advantage over Armenia and won substantial territories. After watching the war for 44 days, Russia brokered a ceasefire, based on which it has deployed a military contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh, aimed at peacekeeping. Despite this, regular incidents take place at the line of contact, which incrementally shift the ceasefire line in favour of Azerbaijan.
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Call for applications on the position of project coordinator in Tbilisi
As a team member, you will support the project team in project planning and administration so that programs and projects can be processed quickly and in accordance with the foundation's formal and content-related requirements. An essential part of your job is the coordination of projects with a focus on liberalism related issues.
Please send the cover letter and your curriculum vitae to Ms. Tamar Karmazanashvili by Tuesday, April 19th, 2022,
Russia closes offices of various German political foundations in Moscow
Russia bans the work of several German political foundations, including the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
Going Forward Together
Recently we hosted FNF partner Meeting in Tbilisi Georgia, which was attended my most of the partners of FNF South Caucasus. The main goal of the event was discuss challenges ahead and introduce the new head of FNF South Caucasus Ms. Katrin Bannach.
Is Georgia Russia's next target?
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is also awakening new fears and concerns in other former Soviet republics. Example: Georgia, where Russian soldiers had already invaded at Putin's command in 2008. Former Georgian Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli, who has been connected to the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for many years, analyzes the situation.
Stand with Ukraine and the West
Since Brexit, the United Kingdom has been searching for its role on the international stage. Putin's invasion of Ukraine could help reintegrate the country more strongly into the European and global liberal order. But the British government's words are too rarely followed by concrete actions.