US’ national security strategy supports Georgia’s European aspirations - think tank analyst

Khatuna Burkadze, the director of foreign policy studies at Georgian think tank Geocase has stated that the US "will continue to support" Georgia on its Euro-Atlantic path. Photo: Geocase press office, 21 Oct 2022 - 13:24, Tbilisi,Georgia

Khatuna Burkadze, the director of foreign policy studies at Georgian think tank Geocase, has underlined that the United States "will continue to support" the European aspirations of Georgia and its commitment to important institutional reforms.

In her analysis, released earlier this week, she stressed finalising a common agenda on domestic reforms was “essential to transform key fields [in the country] in accordance with European standards and strengthen democratic institutions”. 

We need to reach a consensus on ways and means of institutional changes. We should understand that reforms represent a precondition for accelerating Georgia’s European integration”, the senior analyst said, adding the “multidimensional aid” coming from the US "will  assist Georgia" in becoming a “democratic and European” state. 

Burkadze noted the role of the US as a strategic partner was also important “to convince some EU member states to include Georgia in the [EU] enlargement package”.  

Going back to the US national security strategy, Burkadze cited the document as saying Russia’s “brutal and unprovoked war” against neighbouring Ukraine had “shattered peace in Europe, and its nuclear threat endangers the global non-proliferation regime”. She added the US had pledged to “defend democracy around the world” on the backdrop of the conflict and “partner with any nation that shares the basic belief that the rules-based order must remain the foundation for global peace and prosperity”.