21.10.2022

Perspectives of Societal Security in Georgia

This study introduces the lesser-known concept of ‘societal security’ to the Georgian discussion space.

Societal security is best explained using the broad definition of Copenhagen-based researcher Ole Wæver: it concerns “the ability of a society to persist under changing conditions and possible and actual threats.” 
Over the last thirty years, the societal security model has undergone a rather complex path of development that has been closely linked to the Nordic region in terms of its practical use. Despite the high level of development of this region, societal security is not relevant only to rich countries but offers many advantages to developing countries as well. In particular, a broader understanding of security, advancing the role of society in it, strengthening the social welfare component in security, and decentralization can be promising for Georgia, which has had to deal with a broad spectrum of threats since regaining independence. This research examines this perspective and analyzes its relevance for Georgia.

Ivane Abramashvili

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Tbilisi, 2022


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