The paper "A New Public Role of Religion? Recent Issues of Religion and Politics in Georgia" by K. Rcheulishvili discusses the discourse on the public role of religion in Georgia after the collapse of the communist regime. Of particular interest is the examination of the Georgian Orthodox Church's role in shaping national identity and mediating new social values and norms. The paper sheds light on the discrepancy between traditional or/and religious values promoted by the Georgian Orthodox Church and democratic and liberal values.
The next paper "Church as Civil Society? Recent Issues of Religion and Politics in Armenia" by T. Matosyan reflects on the potential of the Armenian Apostolic Church for the process of democratization and to the formation of civil society in Armenia. In particular, the paper examines to what extent the church's strong ties with the state prevented it from becoming a full-fledged member of civil society.
Both papers were published in Caucasus Analytical Digest, No. 72, 29 April 2015. [click here to download the file]