Suggesting how post-conflict Georgia was forced to compromise on an assertive nation-building agenda in the face of determined opposition from society, the author demonstrates that it has not been able to assert a policy agenda neither in the nationalists nor in the liberals’ direction. L. Broers shows that the Georgian state under Shevarnadze was muddling through in a permanent mode of crisis management, failing to establish a firm legal base for minority rights. Conversely, it is assessed that many spokesmen of minority groups continue to indulge an undiscriminating hostility towards whatever initiatives the state offers, so contributing towards the situation of impasse often described by observers ― characterised by “reluctance from both sides to regard the state as the embodiment of a set of universal values.”

The Redaction
CER: II-7.3.C-607