Web-Dossier: Georgia's Euro-Atlantic Vector on the Eve of the NATO Summit

Georgia's Euro-Atlantic Vector on the Eve of the NATO Summit

The Impossibility of Georgia’s Neutrality

The success of Georgia’s Euroatlantic integration would greatly contribute to the protection of the sovereign rights of small states and to the restoration of European security.

By Mamuka Tsereteli

Why Joining NATO is Key to Georgia’s Survival

No matter what outcomes Georgia will face in this eventful year, it should hold firmly to its chosen path toward Europe and the West. First and foremost, this means an increased commitment to move closer to NATO, the only military guarantee against expansionist Russia.

By Giorgi Tskhadaia


Kremlin’s neo-imperial policies in Eastern Europe pose a challenge to one of the core principles of NATO, namely the Article 5 principle that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all the members. This challenge comes at time when NATO and the EU also face significant problems arising out of the instability in the Middle East, the Southern Mediterranean and the humanitarian crisis that comes with it. How likely is NATO to consider expansion at a time like this? And yet, it is precisely at this moment that Georgia needs support from the European security apparatus the most. Georgian aspirations towards NATO and the EU specifically, and Europe in general, are also likely to play an important role in the upcoming Georgian elections, scheduled for the 8th of October. In anticipation of the July 8-9 NATO Summit in Warsaw, the Heinrich Boell Foundation offers this issues of the Web-Dossier, which explores the significance of NATO to Georgia and the question of sovereignty for small states in the context of security.