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Georgia's Reforms, Security Challenges and the Broader Political Context

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme


David Bakradze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia


In the summer of 2009, Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili announced a package of reforms which would create a 'new wave of democracy' in the country. The President promised sweeping electoral, constitutional, judicial and media reform to strengthen institutions, the political opposition and accountability. However, political tensions have been rising recently, with large anti-government protests taking place in Tbilisi.

David Bakradze, Chairman of the Georgian Parliament, will discuss the reforms and recent developments in the country.

David Bakradze is Chairman of the Parliament and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. From 2007-2008 he was State Minister of Georgia for Conflict Regulation Issues. From 2004-2007 he served as a Member of Parliament and chaired the Euro-Integration Committee. He has also served as Director of the Political Security Department of the National Security Council.

Attendance is by invitation only.