Georgia's New Government: The Record So Far and Challenges Ahead
Davit Usupashvili, Speaker, Parliament of Georgia; Chairman, Republican Party of Georgia
While the ruling Georgian Dream coalition has maintained high levels of popularity since elections in 2012, power-sharing between President Mikheil Saakashvili and Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has proven difficult, despite constitutional amendments to curb presidential powers.
The domestic political environment has been further complicated by what some observers have called 'witch-hunts' against former officials and a review of Saakashvili-era court verdicts. In addition, Georgia's government is facing a slowing economy and needs to find a way to reassure existing foreign investors and attract new ones.
Davit Usupashvili will discuss the new government's policy record and its goals in the run-up to the presidential election later this year and local elections in May 2014. He will also comment on Georgia's efforts to maintain a balanced foreign policy towards Russia and the West.
Attendance is by invitation only.