A Promising Post-Soviet Start
“Georgia, a mountainous South Caucasus nation on the Black Sea, could make its mark on the world as a model for a successful transition from communist backwater to dynamic democracy. Georgia’s young, aggressive, Western-oriented political leadership aims to modernize the economy through investment and reform, and in the process, reshape a country known in the former Soviet Union as a hotbed of corruption and organized crime into an example of good governance.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has pushed strongly “to move Georgia out of Russia’s orbit and into NATO and the European Union,” The Times of London reported. More than 900 Georgian troops serve with NATO forces in Afghanistan, making Georgia the second highest per capita contributor to the International Security Assistance Force mission. Still, Georgia’s task is far from simple. It grapples with separatist crises in the provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Saakashvili has quarreled with Russia’s leaders – who support the separatists – almost continuously, resulting in the brief 2008 war between the two neighbors. While Georgia struggles to recover from the political and economic fallout of the war, Russia considers Georgia to be within its sphere of influence and voices opposition to NATO expansion into the region...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “A Promising Post-Soviet Start,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 3, 2011: 38-41.
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