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A conversation on the Georgian political crisis

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This past August saw military incursions in the Caucasus that have changed what and how the world thinks of Russia, Georgia, and of Nato. Different groups feel differently about the area and people most influenced by these events. There is disagreement about when to start the clock in discussing the background. This discussion will cover the history of happened, how those in the region were involved, how it was portrayed by the media, and what actually happened on the ground. We will try to understand what each side thinks and how they have interpreted those events.

Bio: Mark Mullen is an entrepreneur living in London. He worked on democratic development in Africa and the Arab world from 1992 until 1997 when he moved to Georgia to head the National Democratic Institute office. He worked there on civic organizing, strengthening parliament and domestic election observation. After the political changes in 2003 he moved on to Chair Transparency International Georgia, the Tbilisi based affiliate of Transparency International. He moved to London in 2007 to do a Sloan Fellowship at the London Business School and has a BA in History from Wesleyan University.

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