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    A Vital Tool of Georgian Stability

    TBILISI — Speaking on a special panel this morning, jointly hosted by AmCham Georgia and the think tank New Economic School, former Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar described Georgia as “a victim of success.” Tbilisi’s rapid economic liberalization and determination to integrate into the Euro-Atlantic community through NATO and the … More

    Russia's Invasion of Georgia Tests NATO

    TBILISI — What should NATO do about Georgia? This question must inevitably lead to the question of what NATO should do about Russia? Since Russia’s illegal and immoral invasion of Georgia on Aug. 7, the West has failed to find an adequate answer to either question. Although Russian troops have … More

    Having Courage to Fight the Evils of Communism and Socialism

    TBILISI — Discussions at the fifth annual European Resource Bank today turned to the question of how to implement radical reforms, and what we can learn from previous success stories such as Estonia. A panel titled, “Reforms need more than sound economics,” expressed the view that legislators of new democracies … More

    Georgia's Future Hinges on West

    TBILISI – It isn’t hard to see why Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze is a free marketer. A graduate of American private education and a citizen of the United Kingdom, the ethnic Georgian prime minister invoked Margaret Thatcher’s legacy as an example for today’s legislators to follow in confronting economic … More

    War-Torn Georgia Welcomes Conservative Movement for European Resource Bank

    TBILISI — Arriving in this city and driving down George W. Bush Street, you’d be hard pushed to identify Georgia as a country that recently underwent a short but brutal war. Of course the war never reached Tbilisi, but ordinary Georgians are seemingly untouched by Russia’s illegal and immoral invasion … More

    Russia Declares Victory, but Troops Remain Put

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, brokered a deal this week between Russia and Georgia, and the Russians are declaring victory. Sarkozy, as the current EU President, negotiated the deal with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and later got it approved by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. In the deal, Georgia pledged “not … More

    Three Concerns for the West on Russia's Invasion of Georgia

    Heritage’s Sally McNamara discusses the concerns for the West now that Russia invaded Georgia. In the video she highlights three main reasons why we need to be concerned: 1. The Invasion was illegal and immoral 2. Europe’s response has been wholly inadequate 3. The West should stress to Russia that … More

    Morning Bell: Turning the Tide in Georgia

    Despite promises to withdraw their troops, Russian forces are still manning checkpoints in undisputed Georgian territory and demanding advance notification of all travel through the central Georgian city of Gori. Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utishvili commented: “This is ridiculous. If they ask you to get a Russian visa if … More

    Polish Support for Missile Deal Soars Following Russia's War

    Many political commentators have long predicted that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk would make a decision on stationing part of the U.S. missile defense shield there, based largely on opinion polls. Russia’s aggressive incursion into sovereign Georgian territory last week undoubtedly accelerated his decision, aided by the startling effect the … More

    "More Dedicated Than Ever to Being Part of the Free World"

    Georgian Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze spoke to an overflow crowd of over 200 yesterday at The Heritage Foundation. You can watch the entire event here. The Ambassador began his remarks: Before 8/6 I never would have anticipated having to speak about Russian invasions and occupations or things that the free world … More