Russian Aggression in Ukraine and Eastern Europe: Post-Soviet Bloc Politics and Consequences

February 8, 2023
Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Giorgi Margvelashvili is a Georgian academic and politician. A philosopher by training, Margvelashvili was the rector of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) from 2000 to 2006 and from 2010 to 2012. His first role in politics began in 2012 when he was appointed Minister of Education and Science as part of the Georgian Dream coalition formed by the newly-elected Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. In February 2013, Ivanishvili appointed Margvelashvili to the position of First Deputy Prime Minister. 

Margvelashvili was named by the Georgian Dream coalition as its candidate in the 2013 presidential election, which he won in October with 62% of the votes. As president, Margvelashvili focused on grassroots campaigns engaging youth and students in discussions on constitutional and electoral reform, foreign policy issues, and  Georgia's integration into NATO and the EU, he was also vocal in his support for minority and LGBTQ+ rights. After leaving office in 2018, Margvelashvili returned to GIPA to teach a lecture series on politics.    

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