Bridging the Gap: the Environment and Economic Development in Georgia
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m.
(reception at 5 p.m., followed by main program at 5:30)
Can economic development and growth be achieved under poorly managed environment with significant negative impact on health of population? Our speakers will discuss the World Bank's country environmental assessment report: Institutional, Economic, and Poverty Aspects of Georgia’s Road to Environmental Sustainability. Objective of the study was to analyze current status of the environment in Georgia and to demonstrate how environmental sustainability, economic growth, and prosperity can be mutually supportive goals. Study offers policies to address these problems.
Practice Manager, Europe and Central Asia, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, The World Bank
Team Leader of the CEA, Europe and Central Asia, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, The World Bank
Research Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Moderator: S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Rome Building Auditorium
SAIS - Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Over the last several years a gradual politicization of justice in Georgia has put into question the country’s democratization progress. Most attention has centered on the judicial campaign launched beginning in late 2012 against a number of former government officials, including former President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been ordered to pre-trial detention in absentia. This policy of selective justice has resulted in domestic as well as international criticism and raises important questions with regard to the independence of the judicial structures and, overall, the current state of the rule of law in Georgia.This paper examines the question of the politicization of justice in light of two key issues: first, the degree to which the prosecution is under the influence of the executive; and second, whether arrests of key individuals are purely punitive, or seek to weaken political opponents.
By Svante E. Cornell, Niklas L.P. Swanström, Anara Tabyshalieva, Georgi Tcheishvili
By S. Frederick Starr & Svante E. Cornell (Eds.)