Georgia's Democratic Path: Past, Present and Future
Irakli Alasania, Minister of Defence, Georgia
Chair: James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Georgia's parliamentary elections in September 2012 resulted in an incumbent majority political party being ousted from power at the ballot box, a rare occurrence in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Irakli Alasania previously served as an aide to President Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgia's ambassador to the UN before resigning over the 2008 South Ossetia war and joining the opposition. As minister of defence under new prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, he will outline his government's vision for Georgia's future. The event will also explore how the new government can renew its relationship with its people and Georgia's relationship with its nearest neighbours.