A Staunch Ally

Georgian Democracy and NATO

5 October 2020

Georgia is very likely the first ex-Soviet country with fairly certain prospect to become a full member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

2020 is a year marked by COVID-19, but also by major elections taking place around the world – in South Korea, in New Zealand and most famously in the United States.

Georgia is also heading towards parliamentary elections on 31 October 2020. To understand the massive extent of the progress made by Georgia in its democratic journey (and its journey towards NATO and the West), one can look at what is happening in Belarus, another former Soviet state. The two countries are markedly on a different path, and this is primarily due to political leadership.

In Belarus, self-proclaimed President Alexander Lukashenko, typically described as ‘Europe’s last dictator’, was shouting during his supporters’ rally six on 15 August: “look through the window, enemy tanks and fighter jets, engines on, are stationed 15 minutes flight-time from the border, near Warsaw”. According to Lukashenko, they endanger this country and “only a bunch of youngsters” pretend the threat does not exist or fail to see that “NATO troops crowded together at our gates near Warsaw.”

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Krassen Stanchev

Dr Krassen Stanchev teaches Macroeconomic Analysis of Politics and Public Choice Theory at Sofia University. Since 2004 he had worked as a consultant of economic reforms in the Caucasus and cooperates with free-market think tanks in Georgia in particular.

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