In 2008 Georgia fought a short international war with Russia which resulted in the occupation of the Tskhinvali region by Russia. Although the war ended quickly it did not lead to a peace agreement between the two countries. The security situation has since normalized although tensions between Russia and Georgia erupt time and again in diplomatic exchanges. In our country study we concentrate on how the population overall and in the border region assess the quality of peace and security and how the media might influence the perception.
In April 2018 we surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2158 people in 74 settlements (see map). The survey included a wide range of questions on the perceptions of security and stability and on media consumption. It was implemented by the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) Georgia.
The survey was supplemented with 11 semi-structured interviews with government officials, journalists and civil society representatives.