BETWEEN TRADITION AND TRANSFORMATION: THE IMPACT OF ILLIBERAL POPULISM ON GEORGIA’S DEMOCRATIC ASPIRATIONS

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Giorgi Iakobishvili
https://orcid.org/0009-0009-1896-1671

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The article examines the role of Georgian far-right illiberal populist groups in Georgian politics and their influence on Georgia’s foreign policy and the ongoing democratization process, emphasizing Euroscepticism, liberal institutional development, and the pro-Russian narrative. Using qualitative research methodology, we analyzed the programs, manifestos, and public speeches of well-known groups active in Georgian politics, such as People's Power, Georgian March, Georgian Idea, Unity, Essence, Hope (ERI), and Alliance of Patriots of Georgia. Analysis of the mentioned material, as well as various scientific studies, shows that the discourse of these groups is dominated by xenophobic, nationalist, populist, and racist rhetoric, which represents a significant challenge to Georgia’s European integration path and in the direction of democratization of its governance system. In the long term, we concluded that the existence and development of these illiberal populist actors threaten Georgia’s aspirations for European integration and democratic development. This study contributes to a broader discourse about populism and illiberal views in the Georgian reality, focusing on the influence of these ideologies on the formation of the country’s foreign policy and orientation.

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Iakobishvili, Giorgi. 2024. “BETWEEN TRADITION AND TRANSFORMATION: THE IMPACT OF ILLIBERAL POPULISM ON GEORGIA’S DEMOCRATIC ASPIRATIONS”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 10 (1):192-211. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA24101191l.
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Giorgi Iakobishvili, Institute for European Studies, TSU - Tbilisi, Georgia

Giorgi Iakobishvili after graduating with honours in International Relations from Georgian Technical University, further honed his expertise at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, specializing in Master of International Relations. His academic pursuit led him to Wroclaw University, Poland, where he earned a Master of Political Sciences. Currently a PhD candidate in European Studies at Tbilisi State University, Giorgi's rich educational background is complemented by his professional role at the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, where his insights and experiences contribute to the nation's strategic depth.