Jul 8, 2014

Shevardnadze's lessons for the West

by Leonid Bershidsky

Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Soviet foreign minister and Georgian president who died Monday at 86, was not an effective leader, but if Western leaders had paid closer attention to what he said when he was alive, they would have been better prepared for today's ...

Georgia wineries return to their roots

Jul 1, 2014

Georgia wineries return to their roots

In his wine shop hidden down a labyrinth of narrow streets in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi, Gela Danelia stares with rapture as sunlight refracts through a glass of his garnet-red produce. “I only produce some 8,000 bottles per year but what is ...

Leader of Georgia rebel region Abkhazia resigns

Jun 2, 2014

Leader of Georgia rebel region Abkhazia resigns

The leader of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, Alexander Ankvab, announced Sunday that he would resign after days of political upheaval on Russia’s southern flank. “I am resigning from the post of the president of the Republic of Abkhazia” with a view to maintaining ...

Georgian envoy eager to enhance cultural exchanges

Apr 1, 2014

Georgian envoy eager to enhance cultural exchanges

Levan Tsintsadze, Georgia’s ambassador to Japan since December, said his mission is to promote active cooperation in science and culture between his country and Japan. While the two countries have enjoyed strong bilateral ties since 1992, Tsintsadze said the mountainous country, which is the ...

Eastern Europeans ask: Who's next?

| Mar 16, 2014

Eastern Europeans ask: Who's next?

by Alison Mutler

Broken promises of help from the West. A tragic history of Russian invasion that goes back centuries. A painful awareness that conflicts in this volatile region are contagious. These are the factors that make nations across Eastern Europe watch events in Ukraine — and ...

Georgia premier picks loyalist as his successor

Nov 3, 2013

Georgia premier picks loyalist as his successor

Billionaire Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Saturday picked a 31-year-old minister and protege as his successor while the former Soviet state makes the transition to a parliamentary republic. Set to become Georgia’s youngest prime minister, Irakli Garibashvili — a political unknown until he ...

Georgia votes for president to succeed Saakashvili

Oct 27, 2013

Georgia votes for president to succeed Saakashvili

Georgians voted Sunday for a president to succeed Mikhail Saakashvili, who during nearly a decade in power has turned this former Soviet republic into a fledgling democracy and a staunch U.S. ally. For Saakashvili, it’s a bitter departure. The vote is expected to cement ...