Young, Western-Educated Ministers Help Sustain Georgia’s Rose Revolution

Young, Western-Educated Ministers Help Sustain Georgia’s Rose Revolution

The "Color Revolutions" that swept through Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2004-2005 have mostly faded out. Ukraine's Orange Revolution has given way to political clan warfare and hopes for reform have been put on hold. The Tulip Revolution brought little more than a change of personnel to Kyrgyzstan. Only Georgia's Rose Revolution has maintained its hue.

Why has Georgia been able to maintain its revolutionary spirit despite several setbacks over the past three years? One reason seems to be the talented, young technocrats the revolution placed in Georgian ministries.

Just as the "Chicago Boys" famously helped right Chile's economy for Pinochet in the 1970s and President Kennedy brought his "brain trust" to Washington in the 1960s, today Georgia's ministries are being run by young, often Western-educated men and women who hold a similar vision for Georgia's future.

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