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Georgia at the Brink

The head of Georgia's Parliament, David Barakidze, says his country is being targeted for “regime change — by economic means,” and is appealing to the United States and other countries for major economic assistance.

In an interview from Denver, where he is lobbying leading delegates to the Democratic National Convention, Barakidze said Russian forces had severely damaged Georgia's roads and port facilities during the recent conflict and had planted mines and other explosives near oil pipelines that continued to threaten oil shipments across Georgia to Turkey.

“Twenty per cent of Georgia's economy is foreign direct investment,” Barakidze told me. “Without foreign confidence (in Georgia's economy) within a few months we could be a failed state.”

Besides appealing for emergency foreign assistance, Barakidze said Georgia is calling on foreign governments to restrict the travel and foreign activities of Russia's business elite.

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Mark Dillen

Mark Dillen heads Dillen Associates LLC, an international public affairs consultancy based in San Francisco and Croatia. A former Senior Foreign Service Officer with the US State Department, Mark managed political, media and cultural relations for US embassies in Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Sofia and Belgrade, then moved to the private sector. He has degrees from Columbia and Michigan and was a Diplomat-in-Residence at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins. Mark has also worked for USAID as a media and political advisor and twice served as election observer and organizer for OSCE in Eastern Europe.

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US Government; Europe; Diplomacy

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