Bordering Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey, Georgia has long been considered a shining example in a troubled and volatile region. But as political analyst Ghia Nodia warns, "being surrounded by undemocratic neighbors decreases the chance of successful democracy-building. Georgia appears doomed to be a regional beacon of democracy, but there is neither political will nor sufficient domestic international pressure for it to pursue any consistent policy of democratic reforms and human rights protection."
At around 7 p.m. on May 29, Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani activist and journalist living in self-imposed exile in Tbilisi, rang his wife, Leyla Mustafayeva. Mukhtarli said he was on his way home after meeting a friend at a cafe in the Georgian capital. He never showed up. The next...
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