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Georgia: Disapproval Rising for NATO Membership

Georgian soldiers train with U.S. Marines in 2016 before a deployment to Afghanistan in support of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. Public support in Georgia for the country’s NATO membership bid remains strong, but disapproval with the prospect of membership is rising, a recent survey indicates. (Photo: U.S. Army Europe’s Training Command)

NATO recently recognized Georgia’s contributions to peacekeeping missions from Afghanistan to Kosovo by holding a session of the alliance’s parliamentary assembly in Tbilisi in late May. The occasion reinforced the hopes of Georgian leaders that their country can one day soon gain admission to NATO. However, polling in the lead up to NATO’s parliamentary assembly also sheds light on a trend that could potentially hinder its membership bid.
 
Public support in Georgia for the country’s NATO membership bid remains strong. A recent survey CRRC-Georgia carried out for the National Democratic Institute shows that 68 percent of Georgians support the government’s goal of joining the alliance. If Georgia were a NATO member, this would be the third highest level of support of any member state polled in a recent Pew Research Center survey.
 

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Dustin Gilbreath is a policy analyst at CRRC-Georgia. Rati Shubladze is a researcher at CRRC-Georgia. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of either CRRC-Georgia or the National Democratic Institute.

Georgia: Disapproval Rising for NATO Membership

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