Analysing Georgia’s post-Rose democratic transition until the August 2008 war with Russia, the author endeavours to demonstrates that if Saakashvili has made admirable progress overall, given the formidable challenges to the current regime, he still retains a surfeit of power detrimental to the country’s democracy. J. D. Tatum observes that structural advances remain needed to ensure political freedom and participation for the population, the cleanest break with the past remaining to be brought by the eventual emergence of a strong leader capable of uniting a consolidated opposition party.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.3.C-615