Georgia: Can Democracy Thrive Without Opposition?

Bidzina Ivanishvili (center, by the microphone) and other leaders of the governing Georgian Dream party, seen here celebrating their victory in the October parliamentary elections, may also be tempted to break out the champagne and toast the recent demise of the United National Movement, the only opposition party strong enough to challenge them in parliament. But they would be advised to take a deep breath and consider the potential downsides, analysts argue. (Photo: Georgian Dream)

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili led a triumphant delegation in late March on a visit to Athens and then Brussels.

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Kornely Kakachia is director of the Georgian Institute of Politics and a professor of Political Science at Tbilisi State University. Contact him at Joseph Larsen is an analyst at the Georgian Institute of Politics. Contact him at

Georgia: Can Democracy Thrive Without Opposition?

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