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 ...

Georgian PM's clout unlikely to fade after polls

Oct 20, 2013

Georgian PM's clout unlikely to fade after polls

by Shaun Walker

Georgia’s billionaire prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, looks surprised at the suggestion that he might be a touch sensitive to criticism. “Quite the opposite,” he insists, enunciating his words very carefully, in lightly accented Russian. “I really love criticism! Everyone who knows me knows that.” ...