SIWPS "THE GEORGIAN CONFLICT" Mitsuru Fukuda Report, Columbia University

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the
Harriman Institute of Columbia University present:


Former Acting Head of State and Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia

Friday, September 5, 2008
1512 International Affairs Building, 15th Floor
420 W. 118th Street
New York City

Ms. Burjanadze gained international recognition as one of the leaders
of the peaceful "Rose Revolution" in Georgia in November 2003. She
served as Speaker of the Parliament of
Georgia from November 2001 to May 2008. She has also served as the
acting President of Georgia twice: the first time from November 23,
2003 to January 25, 2004 in the wake
of Eduard Shevardnadze's resignation during the Rose Revolution, and
again from November 25, 2007 to January 20, 2008, when Mikheil
Saakashvili stepped down to rerun in the
snap presidential elections.

Since stepping down from her post as parliamentary speaker in May
2008, Ms. Burjanadze established the Foundation for Democratic
Development - an independent, non-governmental
organization which supports the active participation of all citizens
of Georgia, as well as private, state and international organizations,
in the establishment of a democratic Georgian state.
Recently Ms. Burjanadze announced her plans to establish a new
political party and declared her intent to play an active role in the
political life of Georgia.

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