ESSAY: Crisis Of Governance In Georgia

Georgia: politics after revolution, Alexander Rondeli

A series of events in Georgia in October-November 2007 – political infighting, mass demonstrations, the declaration of a state of emergency, and the announcement of presidential elections on 5 January 2008 (a year in advance of schedule) – has convulsed the country and earned it the kind of global media attention most of its citizens regret. Is this crisis part of the pain of a still-evolving democratic transition, or evidence of something more serious? An outline of the main contours of this…

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Alexander Rondeli is president of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS)
Also by Alexander Rondeli openDemocracy:”Georgia: a rough road from the rose revolution” (4 December 2003

Among openDemocracy’s many articles on Georgian politics:
Neal Ascherson, “Tbilisi, Georgia: the rose revolution’s rocky road” (15 July 2005)
Donald Rayfield, “Georgia and Russia: with you, without you” (3 October 2006)
Robert Parsons, “Russia and Georgia: a lover’s revenge” (6 October 2006)
George Hewitt, “Abkhazia: land in limbo” (10 October 2006)
Vicken Cheterian, “Georgia’s arms race” (4 July 2007)
Donald Rayfield, “Russia and Georgia: a war of perceptions” (24 August 2007)

Ronald Suny, The Making of the Georgian Nation (Indiana University Press, 1994)

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