The upcoming Georgian presidential vote may not match last October’s parliamentary elections in terms of intensity and the political stakes involved. But the October 27 balloting could still mark an important milestone the country’s democratization process.
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Lincoln Mitchell is an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University's Harriman Institute. He is a frequent commenter on political development in the former Soviet Union and the author, most recently, of "The Color Revolutions." During Georgia's 2012 parliamentary election campaign, he served as an informal advisor to the Georgian Dream coalition.