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Will the Georgian president's legacy be defined by his achievements or his failures?
It was the singular achievement of Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's president since 2003, to have elevated his country's capacity for charm into the centerpiece of a grand strategy. It was also the source of his undoing.
Nine years after Georgia's Rose Revolution, its leader, Mikheil Saakashvili, was soundly defeated in parliamentary elections by the country's richest man. As the hope of the Rose Revolution fades, so, too, should the myth that Georgia is or ever will be a fully Westernized country.
The reader would be hard-pressed to find a more graceful, fair-minded, to-the-point, yet compact exploration of the Caucasus, a fascinating, tormented, and utterly complex region.