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Georgia: A Political History since Independence

Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // The revival of geopolitics after the collapse of the USSR, combined with a renewed interest in nationalism, contributed to a wave of Western studies of Georgia as a source of ethnic conflict, Great Power politics, and energy competition. These themes, though important, are one-sided, according to the speaker. Georgian political culture, social relations, local government, employment - the daily bread of political life - have been overshadowed by the sensational antics of Georgia’s elites.

Date & Time

Jan. 9, 2012
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Georgia: A Political History since Independence

The revival of geopolitics after the collapse of the USSR, combined with a renewed interest in nationalism, contributed to a wave of Western studies of Georgia as a source of ethnic conflict, Great Power politics, and energy competition.  These themes, though important, are one-sided, according to the speaker.  Georgian political culture, social relations, local government, employment - the daily bread of political life - have been overshadowed by the sensational antics of Georgia’s elites.   Tip O’Neill’s dictum that “all politics is local” takes us beyond abstract formulae here at home, but we often fail to apply it to the study of foreign states.  Jones will argue that we cannot explain Georgian politics or effectively explore the challenges it presents for Western policy-makers without understanding the transformation of Georgians’ own world, and the rise of new interests, values, and groups.

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis. Please call on the day of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part of the building's security procedures.

The Kennan Institute speaker series is made possible through the generous support of the Title VIII Program of the U.S. Department of State.

Speaker

Stephen Jones

Title VII Research Scholar;
Professor, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Mount Holyoke College
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region though research and exchange.  Read more

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