Conference on ideology and policy making for youth politicians in Georgia

January 28th, 2015   Georgia | News

Participants during the first conference in Bazaleti

On January 21-22 and 23-24, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted two conferences in Georgia for political active youth from the Foundation’s partner United National Movement (UNM). The conferences revolved round party ideology and the road towards NATO and EU membership. The conferences were co-hosted by the International Republican Institute (IRI).

The first conference was being held in Bazaleti, slightly north of Tbilisi whereas the second one took place in Chakvi, close to Batumi in Western Georgia. The sessions were led by several trainers hired for the occasion. Zurab Japaridze, Secretary General of the UNM, and Giga Bokeria, former Head of the National Security Council, chaired the conferences as well to give their views on Georgian politics on an international level. The target group was political active youth from the UNM Youth League.

UNM was the ruling party in Georgia for two periods until the Georgian parliamentary elections in 2012, in which they lost the parliamentary majority to the populistic party Georgian Dream. Party breakdown and lack of conformity in established parties are classical signs of a weak democracies. However, the UNM is the first party in Georgian post-Soviet history who has stayed and continued as a unified party after the lost in the last Georgian parliamentary elections.

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