Uncertain Democracy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Georgia's Rose Revolution
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 M06 11 - 192 pages
In November of 2003, a stolen election in the former Soviet republic of Georgia led to protests and the eventual resignation of President Eduard Shevardnadze. Shevardnadze was replaced by a democratically elected government led by President Mikheil Saakashvili, who pledged to rebuild Georgia, orient it toward the West, and develop a European-style democracy. Known as the Rose Revolution, this early twenty-first-century democratic movement was only one of the so-called color revolutions (Orange in Ukraine, Tulip in Kyrgyzstan, and Cedar in Lebanon). What made democratic revolution in Georgia thrive when so many similar movements in the early part of the decade dissolved?
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2 Illusions of Democracy
3 The Accidental Revolution
4 How Democratic Was the Rose Revolution?
5 Governance by Adrenaline
6 The US Role in the Rose Revolution
7 Georgia and the United States After the Revolution