At first, the protests focused on the government’s closeness to Moscow, but soon the demonstrators were calling for political reform and accountability at home.
But the Rose Revolution was about more than domestic reforms; it was also about embedding Georgia more broadly in the West to ensure its future.
So far, the protests have brought unlikely actors together from across the Georgian political spectrum; sensing his increasing isolation, some members of Georgian Dream have already jumped ship.
It is not just the future of a small post-Soviet country that is at stake.
The fate of Georgia — a staunch U.S. ally — is intertwined with the larger question of whether the West can successfully restrain Russia’s regional influence.

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