Can there be democratization without the rule-of-law? Georgia is an interesting case in this regard.
The country reached significant democratization milestones in 2012. Most recently, the watchdog group Transparency International praised Georgia for being the only country in the Caucasus and Central Asia regions to make significant progress in tackling corruption. And in October, of course, Georgia drew plaudits from Western capitals for the conduct of parliamentary elections, and the subsequent political transition.
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Molly Corso is a freelance journalist who also works as editor of Investor.ge, a monthly publication by the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.