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Political Elite Renewal in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine


Cristina Gherasimov, Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House


Georgia’s Rose Revolution, Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, as well as Moldova’s break with its prolonged communist rule in 2009 permitted new leaders to join the governance process.

However, a leadership capable of implementing comprehensive reforms is yet to emerge and the level of mistrust in political parties remains high in all three states.

This endangers the process of healthy elite renewal, a core requirement for the consolidation of these vulnerable democracies.

This event will analyze how the current elites differ from their predecessors, the factors preventing new leaders from rising through party ranks and the types of political elites emerging as a result of deficient political parties.

Under what conditions could political parties generate new leadership considering the economic and political context on the ground?

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.