Mar 17

Past Event

From Popular Revolutions to Effective Reforms: The Georgian Experience

Event Materials



  • Georgia Is a Transformed Country

    Mikheil Saakashvili, President, Georgia: Revolutions force us to reshape the world. They erupt when change is needed most.

  • Georgia Is a Valuable Asset to Europe

    Mikheil Saakashvili, President, Georgia: Georgia’s expanding economy, its stability and its growing importance as a political actor make it a valuable asset to the European community.

  • The Key to Effective Change Is Youth

    Mikheil Saakashvili, President, Georgia: The key to effective change is youth. They’re leaders and they understand that governments can be improved by replacing an old system with a new one.


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Since the Rose Revolution in November 2003, Georgia has grappled with the many challenges of building a modern, Western-oriented state, including implementing political and economic reforms, fighting corruption, and throwing off the vestiges of the Soviet legacy. On the path toward a functioning and reliable democracy, Georgia has pursued these domestic changes in an often difficult international environment, as evidenced by the Russia-Georgia conflict in 2008.

On March 17, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) hosted President Mikheil Saakashvili to discuss Georgia’s approach to these challenges. A leader of Georgia’s 2003 Rose Revolution, Saakashvili was elected president of Georgia in January 2004 and reelected for a second term in January 2008.

Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, provided introductory remarks and Senior Fellow and CUSE Director Fiona Hill moderated the discussion. After the program, President Saakashvili took audience questions.

Event Agenda


March 17, 2011

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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