Tedo Japaridze is a former national-security adviser and foreign minister of Georgia.
Saakashvili’s spin isn’t true—Georgia isn’t really a democracy. To recover from the 2008 war, it must adopt liberal reforms and include all Georgians in the political process.
The United States needs to be clear with Georgia that it is responsible for its behavior. Tbilisi must clean up its own messes.
NATO’s military exercises begin today in Georgia. Meanwhile, President Saakashvili has accused the Russians of planning a coup against his government. This dispute ignores Georgia’s deeper internal problems with democracy.
Kosovo’s independence could unleash a storm of instability in the neighborhood. That’s why Russia and Georgia need to start ironing out their differences.
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