In the period since its conflict with Russia last year, Georgia has experienced new economic challenges, ongoing security concerns and internal political tumult. Some opposition factions now call for the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili, promising to hold ongoing political protests from April 9 until Saakashvili steps down.
On March 26, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament, David Bakradze, for a public discussion of the challenges currently facing Georgia.
Prior to his appointment as chairman, Mr. Bakradze served as minister of foreign affairs, state minister of Georgia on conflict regulation issues, member of parliament from the United National Movement (UNM) and chair of the Euro-Integration Committee. He has held a number of positions at the National Security Council of Georgia and began his political career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.