Caucasian House is pleased to announce publication of a new research report “Problems of Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti and Foreign Policy Preferences of the Local Populations”. The paper discusses the basic problems of the regions populated by ethnic minorities, and the attitudes of the local population towards Georgia’s foreign policy. The research was conducted in two cities, Marneuli and Akhalkalaki. The study revealed the main factors that affect the formation of the foreign policy priorities of the respondents. “Unfortunately, these kinds of research projects are not very common. We face information vacuum that leads to strengthening and deepening stereotypes regarding the regions inhabited by ethnic minorities. Our research revealed that people in Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti know very little about the EU and NATO. Furthermore, the research shows that local populations’ attitudes towards various socio-political issues differ from the perceptions that exist in Tbilisi about these two regions. ” – says one of the authors of the publication, Ana Dvali. The research was conducted in the framework of the project “Georgian-Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation” financed by British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. See here
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