Georgia: Recovery or Retreat?
Irakli Alasania, founder of Our Georgia - Free Democrats
On the eve of report of the Independent Fact Finding Mission into the Conflict in Georgia in 2008, Irakli Alasania, one of the key figures in the Georgian opposition, will give his assessment of Georgia's current domestic situation, and the future of relations with both Russia and the West.
Irakli Alasania is the founder of the opposition party Our Georgia - Free Democrats. From June 2006 to December 2008 he was Georgia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Prior to his appointment, Alasania served as adviser to the President of Georgia on conflict resolution. He also acted as the President's Special Representative at the Georgian-Abkhaz talks (a status he retained in his capacity as UN envoy). From July 2004 to February 2005 he served as Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council, and previously held the position of First Deputy Minister of State Security.
Attendance is by invitation only.