Colloquy with Ghia Nodia - Ambivalence: Georgian perceptions of the Arab Spring

A colloquy with Ghia Nodia, Professor and Georgian political scientist, sees discussion Georgian foreign policy, media’s role in society, the Rose Revolution etc. Nodia argues that seven years on from the Rose Revolution, we can more or less assess its results, while it is still too early for any such assessment of the Middle East revolutions. When comparing the Rose Revolution and the Middle Eastern popular revolts, the author describes the main difference as the nature of the regime that the Rose Revolution was rejecting; it was no autocratic, and clearly it was much less autocratic than the Middle Eastern regimes. The main cause of the Rose Revolution was that the regime was corrupt, inefficient, and sclerotic, which makes for an interesting comparison with the Middle Eastern uprisings.

Authors: Zaur Shiriyev