In mid-June, Mamuka Bakhtadze was confirmed as Georgia’s new prime minister following the resignation of Giorgi Kvirikashvili amid a cloud of party infighting and swelling street protests. The shuffle was another sign of the influence behind the scenes of the Georgian Dream party’s billionaire founder, Bidzina Ivanishvili.
The European Commission recently announced that it would step up its efforts to fight disinformation online. The newly published policy outline singles out Russia for practicing information warfare and aims to establish what it calls “a European approach” to tackle these and other forms of hybrid interference.
On May 8, Nikol Pashinyan was chosen by lawmakers to become Armenia’s prime minister, culminating three weeks of massive popular demonstrations. In an email interview, Richard Giragosian discusses Pashinyan’s supporters, the opposition’s policy priorities, and the role of Armenia’s civil society in helping to achieve them.