From January 2012 until its electoral victory in October 2012, Independent Diplomat advised the Georgian Dream Coalition, a group of progressive opposition forces in the Republic of Georgia which united several established liberal and democratic political parties with new political actors, on the diplomacy surrounding Georgia at the European Union and other European institutions and on its engagement with European policy-makers and experts.
The Georgian Dream Coalition’s foreign policy goals are to integrate Georgia into Euro-Atlantic institutions; the situation had deteriorated badly in the last years of the previous government, with creeping authoritarianism domestically and increased tension and conflict with Georgia’s neighbours. Independent Diplomat assisted the coalition’s leadership on the European aspects of this policy.
In particular, ID mobilized interest in ensuring close international monitoring of the parliamentary elections by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, and facilitated direct contact and exchange of information between the Georgian Dream Coalition leadership and EU member state governments, the European Commission, NATO, the UN Human Rights Council and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Georgian Dream Coalition won the parliamentary elections, the first democratic change of government in the country’s history, and took power in late 2012.