Contrasting Electoral Lessons from Georgia and Belarus
Irakli Alasania, Minister of Defence, Georgia
Andrei Sannikov, Deputy Foreign Minister, Belarus (1995-96)
Parliamentary elections in Georgia and Belarus in late 2012, produced very different results. Georgia's elections led to a peaceful transfer of power from the incumbent government to the opposition led by Bidzina Ivanishvili - a result that surprised many international observers. But elections in Belarus signalled 'business as usual' for the Lukashenka regime and generated little attention both at home and abroad.
Irakli Alasania and Andrei Sannikov, who have both spent time in government as well as in opposition, will discuss the contrasting political trajectories of their respective countries.
Attendance is by invitation only.