Georgia was the first post-Soviet state to experience a 'colour revolution', in 2003, bringing a group of young, Western-educated leaders led by Mikheil Saakashvili to power. And when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, it was also the scene of the first war in Europe in a decade. In 2012, Georgia experienced another breakthrough: its first democratic transfer of power since independence. In 2013, Georgia successfully concluded negotiations for an Association Agreement with the EU, which it was scheduled to initial at the Vilnius Summit of the Eastern Partnership in November.
Monograph Svante E. Cornell, Getting Georgia Right, Brussels: Center for European Studies, December 2013.