Common security challenges and risks in EU-Ukraine relations


BY Vira Ratsiborynska

Starting from the beginning of 2014, both the EU and Ukraine have been facing many common challenges related to their respective border, energy and defense security. The instability in the eastern part of the EU’s neighborhood caused by the Russian aggression against Ukraine, and the violation and unilateral redrawing of Ukraine's borders by Moscow, push the EU to rethink its current approaches to its own security with the goal to enable the EU to adequately respond to these challenges. This task can be very difficult for the EU and would require the EU’s consistency and unanimity in face of the different risks resulting from a geopolitical confrontation with Russia.

Two Years After the Change of Government in Georgia: Contradictory Results

By Giorgi Menabde

Two years ago, in October 2012, Georgia experienced a peaceful, non-violent, constitutional change of power for the first time in the country’s modern history. The first president of the Republic of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, who was elected on May 26, 1991, was overthrown by armed rebels in January 1992. Former minister of foreign affairs of the Soviet Union Eduard Shevardnadze, who replaced Gamsakhurdia as Georgia’s head of state, was also overthrown after the bloodless Rose Revolution in November 2003, when he failed to respond to multiple accusations of electoral fraud.

Georgia and Lithuania to Hold Joint Military Exercises

Plans are in place for Georgia and Lithuania to hold joint military exercises, stated Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas during his two-day official visit to Georgia, during which he met met with Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on October 7. The two officials discussed the prospects for multilateral cooperation and particular attention was paid to defense cooperation issues including military education.