American Enterprise Institute hosts President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia for his only public address in Washington, D.C. The president discusses Georgia's efforts to join NATO, as well as energy security, Georgia's deployment of troops to Iraq, relations with Russia, and U.S.-Georgian relations.
In 1995, President Saakashvili was elected as a Head of Constitutional, Legal Issues and Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Georgia. In 1997 the Georgian Mass Media and NGOs recognized Mikheil Saakashvili as the Man of the Year. From January 24, 2000 he was Vice-President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. During the same year he was Head of the Georgian Delegation in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. On October 12, 2000 he was appointed as Minister of Justice of Georgia and in 2001 he resigned from this post. From 2002 to 2004 he was President of the Sakrebulo (City Council) of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. In January 2004 he was elected President of Georgia by 96% of Votes.
Mikheil Saakashvili was born on December 21, 1967 in Tbilisi.
In 1984 he finished Tbilisi Secondary School N 51, with honors. He graduated from the Kiev University Institute of International Relations, Faculty of International Law, with honors. He is awarded with the Magistrate Degree in Law at the New York Columbia University, Faculty of Law, where he studied as the USA Congress Scholarship.
In 1995-1996 he studied at the Doctorate in the George Washington University National Center of Law, Washington DC. Awarded with the Diploma in Comparative Law of Human Rights at the Strasbourg Human Rights International Institute. In different times he worked at the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, Human Rights Protection State Committee of Georgia, at one of the biggest advocate firms in New York.
In 1995 he was elected as a Head of Constitutional, Legal Issues and Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Georgia.
I cant stop wondering why all that money was pumped into the georgian economy...reform or is it a way to de stabilize russia by setting a rebbilious prosprous exampel to all who might dare oppose russia.georgia is a small coarck floating on a big pocket of pollitical motivated capital.no economic achivment can justify the out comes of the georgian experement.only time can tell if things will keep its course.where all that money came from???
Amen monasuire, this guy sounds like a great president. If what he's saying is true, he has really helped turn the country around and if the country invests in what they really need, it seems like they would be able to turn things around pretty quickly.
I must second the motion of "rocketdog" questioning the Bush-Saakashvili comparison. Saakashvili's aware of the ins and outs of his governments' developments and economics. While he shares a similar charisma and down-to-earth demeanor like Bush, he holds a greater comprehension of why things have progressed in his country. I think one of his greatest differences is how he offers a honest, transparent depiction of politicians. He suggests that the country needs to contiunue developing institutions that citizens can trust in, because politicians are transient figures. He admits the country's past problems with corruption and he hopes to get rid of those corruptions that are still present. I don't know that Bush would ever admit that corruption even exists in our political system.
An articulate, intellegent leader who backs up his soundly rational appoach to governing with a proven track record of strong results. I agree with carolineb, this guy is a carbon copy of President Bush.
Kidding aside, what in the world do you mean by that? I've never seen a politician, liberal or conservative, who couldn't go on for hours about the importance of "values," and I can't imagine any President in this day and age -- or anyone with any knowledge of North Korean government, for that matter, beyond knowing that the capital is in Pyongyang -- who wouldn't be convicted, or at the very least hopeful, of the North Korean people's desire for freedom. Call me crazy, but I just don't see how those two specious details warrant a Bush-Saakashvili comparison.
President Saakashvili can boast a number of other achievements, including successful energy privatization, the election of school boards, and an increase in police confidence from 5% to 70% in just a few years. I did find him to be a bit of a carbon copy of President Bush--he talks at length about the importance of values and his conviction of the North Korean peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desire for freedom--but this is hardly surprising given GeorgiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s need as a small country for US support.
A charismatic leader, Georgian President Saakashvili is well-worth hearing. His government has made great strides, including increasing the state budget from 370 million USD in 2003 to 3 billion USD today. Much of this increased prosperity is attributable to a more favorable investment climate engendered by an anti-corruption program. Through a combination of UNDP funds and raising taxes, the government was able to ensure all workers an acceptable living wage, hereby reducing the need for bribes. President Saakashvili touts recent polls indicating that 96% of Georgians have not paid bribes this year, compared with only 20% last year.