Niklas Nilsson – The October 2012 Elections and the Role of Democracy in Georgia’s Foreign Policy

This paper explains why democratization has obtained a central role in Georgia’s foreign policy since 2003. The paper’s main argument is that Georgia’s pursuit of integration with the Euro-Atlantic security community and building a strong relationship with the U.S. required a strong emphasis on Georgia’s international image as a democratic reformer. The paper also argues that the outcome of Georgia’s parliamentary elections in October 2012 should be understood in this perspective. The fact that the elections were free and fair enough to allow for the opposition’s victory is attributable to the ruling party’s perceived need to maintain Georgia’s international image as a democratic reformer.

Nilsson, N. (2013). The October 2012 Elections and the Role of Democracy in Georgia’s Foreign Policy. Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Occasional Papers No. 15

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