The Hotline: June 2018

By: Lincoln Pigman The 2018 World Cup: victories on and off the field The past month’s most important foreign policy developments for Russia took place at home, where the 2018 World Cup began on 14 June. On the field, Russia’s national team exceeded all expectations, securing victories over Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Spain, although they failed to make it to the semifinals after losing to … Continue reading The Hotline: June 2018

Big plans from Bakhtadze: Georgia’s incoming PM proposes new economic direction

By Steven Luber Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili suddenly announced his resignation on 13 June 2018, following weeks of protests in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and “disagreements on fundamental issues” with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the billionaire chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition. His cabinet followed him out of government, leading to a major shake-up in Tbilisi. Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has been named Prime Minister-Designate, … Continue reading Big plans from Bakhtadze: Georgia’s incoming PM proposes new economic direction