Georgia Facing Transition
Irakli Alasania, Chairman, Free Democrats Party
Irakli Alasania, once a key member of President Saakashvili's government and now a leading opposition figure will discuss Georgia's internal development, and the prospects for opposition parties.
The speaker will say that since the war with Russia in August 2008, Georgia's President, Mikheil Saakashvili, has succeeded in reconsolidating his political support. The opposition have so far not been able to transform their criticism of the style and content of Saakashvili's presidency into a strong popular movement. However, challenges lie ahead for the President, including the large Western aid package raised in 2008 coming to an end, and falling foreign direct investment.
Irakli Alasania's former positions include serving as First Deputy Minister of State Security (2002), Deputy Minister of Defence and Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia (2004), the President's personal envoy to the Georgia-Abkhazia peace talks (2004), and Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations (2006).
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.