Georgia is the leading troop contributor, relative to its overall population, to US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan. Many officials in Tbilisi had hoped that their contribution might help the country gain full NATO membership. But that appears not to be the case.
At the upcoming NATO summit, scheduled for November 19-20 in Lisbon, NATO members are expected to debate the alliance’s strategic goals, as well as mull prospects for enlargement. Georgia has long sought membership in the Atlantic Alliance and will arrive at the meeting with an updated resume, including the deployment of nearly 1,000 soldiers in Afghanistan as part of the anti-Taliban coalition, along with a promise to send civilian aid workers as well.
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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.