Delegation of the Georgian Think Tank GRASS at IEP
From 24 to 29 June 2018 our Berlin Policy Hub Team welcomed four researchers from the Georgian Think Tank GRASS (Georgia’s Reform Associates) at IEP. Paata Gaprindashvili, Director of GRASS, Gaioz Japaridze, Research Fellow, Mariam Tsitsikashvili, Junior Research Fellow and Gogi Zoidze as Project Coordinator represented the institute during their research and networking visit to Berlin.
GRASS is an independent, project-funded Think Tank based in Tbilisi. The research of our Georgian partner organisation focuses on analysing the reform processes in Georgia in the framework of the association agreement between Georgia and the European Union. Their capacity development department is currently conducting a project on enhancing the knowledge on the workings and goals of the EU at universities in different regions in Georgia. The project is funded by the Erasmus+/Jean-Monnet Programme of the European Union. In one of their most prominent projects GRASS analyses statements made by Georgian politicians according to their factual accuracy (“fact-check”).
Our colleagues’ stay at Berlin included many interesting opportunities for an exchange of ideas with German researchers and experts. During meetings with representatives of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the Grassroot-Think Tank Polis180 the Georgian Foreign and Security Policy as well as internal developments in Georgia and their perception in Germany have been discussed. Analyses of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) could point out further possibilities for research on China’s interests and its role in Georgian politics. Meetings with representatives of the journalists’ network n‑ost and the German Economic Team Georgia (GET Georgien) added a perspective from media and economic points of views to the stay.
We are glad our Georgian project partners profited from their stay in Berlin and could extend their knowledge about the German and European discourse on Georgia. We are looking forward to continue and foster our cooperation in the future.
The Berlin Policy Hub project is part of the “Europeanization beyond Process” initiative funded by the Open Societies Foundation and aims at connecting Eastern European Thinks Tanks with their German counterparts. More information on our project and our partner organization GRASS are available at: