October 12, 2012

What's the Path Forward in Georgia?

Irakly & Giorgi Areshidze, Christian Science Monitor

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Georgia’s Oct. 1 Parliament elections were remarkable for two reasons: one, because the opposition Georgian Dream coalition won an overwhelming victory, notwithstanding an extremely unfair pre-election environment, and two, because President Mikhail Saakashvili admitted his defeat. This presents a unique, albeit fragile, opportunity to build a consolidated democracy.


Many hailed Mr. Saakashvili as a democrat when he rose to power during the Rose Revolution in 2003, but by late 2007 he had established an essentially authoritarian regime in which many Georgians lived in a state of fear. Yet because President George Bush had declared Georgia a “Beacon of Liberty” and because Saakashvili was seen as an opponent of Russian influence, many in the United States,...

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October 9, 2012
Next Georgian Leader Emerges as an Enigma
Ellen Barry, NY Times
Bidzina Ivanishvili, set to become Georgia’s prime minister, has such a scant track record in public life that it is difficult to know how he will govern. more ››
September 30, 2012
Georgia's Fragile Democracy
New York Times
No leader of the former Soviet republics has been more pro-Western than President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia. He moves easily in Washington and dreams of bringing his country into full NATO membership. But his ... more ››
October 3, 2012
Georgia's Democratic Breakthrough
Washington Post
Mr. Saakashvili and his team have given Georgia an extraordinary boost toward joining the Western democracies — modernizing the economy, greatly reducing corruption and attracting billions in foreign investment. Now they have... more ››
October 8, 2012
Georgia Should Abandon NATO Quest
Doug Bandow, Forbes
Since the so-called Rose Revolution brought Mikheil Saakashvili to power in January 2004, the U.S.-educated lawyer has dominated politics in this country of 4.7 million. But opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgia Dream... more ››