October 2014

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.

Opinion: Looking into the Far East – how Japan might affect our energy security

By Lukas Trakimavičius

Once Japan restarts its nuclear capabilities, it will reduce its reliance on LNG. As a result, global LNG prices should drop, benefiting European states that are eyeing LNG as an alternative to Russian gas. This is particularly crucial for such Eastern European states as Lithuania and Poland that have placed great hopes in their liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in Klaipėda and Świnoujście.