"Strengths and Weaknesses of the New Democracies," Belfer Center Directors' Lunch with H.E. Salome Zourabichivili, Foreign Minister of Republic of Georgia

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is proud to host a Director's Lunch on "Strengths and Weaknesses of the New Democracies" with Salome Zourabichvili, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Georgia.

Georgian Foreign Minister Zourabichvili has served in this position since 2004. She was appointed to her post by President Saakashvili, following the Rose Revolution in Georgia. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Ambassador of France to Georgia, and various positions in the French Foreign Ministry and government, including the Head of the Division of International and Strategic Studies, National Defence General Secretariat, Paris. Further information on Foreign Minister Zourabichvilli can be found at: http://www.mfa.gov.ge/about/minister.

The Republic of Georgia faces a number of challenges in its democratization policy. The current Georgian government came into power following the grassroots non-violent revolt against the government of Shevardnadze and pledged its commitment to democratization. The Republic of Georgia continues to face a number of stability challenges, including from the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, that at times have complicated its own democracy policies. In addition, the government of Georgia has provided logistics support to a number of movements that have overthrown governments in other former Soviet states, such as the Kyrgyz Republic. Georgia also stands to benefit from the stability and prosperity of some its neighbors, such as the Republic of Azerbaijan for which Georgia serves as a key transit state, and thus is not interested in the destabilizing consequences of further democratization of some of its neighbors. Foreign Minister Zourabichvilli will address these democratization challenges and additional issues.

 

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