Is Democratization in Georgia Working?
Five years after signing an association agreement with the European Union, Georgia has made considerable progress on many fronts of its reform agenda. Nevertheless, challenges remain in the area of democratization—around issues including polarization of the political debate, societal tensions, concerns about judicial independence, and persistent corruption.
This event will take stock of the achievements and setbacks in the reform process to date, and what this meant for Georgian citizens. It will also stimulate discussion about the conditions and EU incentives necessary to maintain the momentum for positive change.
Iskra Kirova is a senior policy analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute.
Zaza Abashidze is the director of Squander Detector.
Eka Gigauri is executive director of Transparency International Georgia.
Keti Khutsishvili is executive director of Open Society Georgia Foundation.
Sulkhan Saladze is chairman of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association.
Svitlana Kobzar (introduction) is a program officer with the European Endowment for Democracy.
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