Giorgi Badridze

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Illusion of Pragmatism

Since gaining independence, Georgian foreign and security policy has made two separate U-turns from "radicalism" to "pragmatism." I deliberately put both terms in quotation marks as they are more reflective of the clichés about the politics of our country than the real content of policy.The 1990s began with the attempt of the government of President Zviad Gamsakhurdia to gain independence – a step viewed as extremely radical, not only by Moscow and the West, but by a segment of Georgian society...

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