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: