Also by Koba Liklikadze
September 02, 2009
New Defense Minister: Goals 'Clear And Unchanged'
Controversial former Penitentiary Department head Bacho Akhalya, whose appointment last week as Georgian defense minister elicited a wide range of reactions, has embarked upon his new duties and made public the broad outlines of his agenda. The ministry's "unchanged and clear objective," in Akhalaya's words, encompasses three basic priorities: modernization, peace, and integration with NATO.
July 30, 2008
Georgian Peacekeepers Feel The Strain
Georgia's contribution of troops to the coalition in Iraq has split opinion in Tbilisi, but for the soldiers on the ground, the only concern is getting through their mission in one piece. As RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports from Iraq, the peacekeepers are highly motivated but feel the strain of long deployments and rising casualties.