The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a Crisis Diplomacy lunch seminar on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in 012 Bendheim Hall. The Honorable Mikheil Saakashvili, former President of Georgia, will be the featured speaker for the session, "EU Enlargement to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus." Saakashvili will discuss the impact of the 2013 Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on Eastern enlargement. Lunch will be served. To attend, RSVP to Angella Matheney (Princeton University ID will be required).
The seminar is co-sponsored with Near Eastern Studies and the European Union Program at Princeton.
Mikheil Saakashvili was President of Georgia for two consecutive terms from 25 January 2004 to 17 November 2013. He is the founder and leader of the United National Movement Party. Involved in national politics since 1995, he became president in January 2004 after President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned in the November 2003 bloodless "Rose Revolution." Saakashvili was re-elected in the Georgian presidential election on 5 January 2008.
In 1995, Mikheil Saakashvili was elected to the Georgian Parliament initiating Georgia's first merit-based selection of judges. On October 12, 2000, he was appointed minister of justice of Georgia, where he addressed prison reform and investigated post-Soviet Georgian corruption at the highest governmental levels.