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Georgia: Analysts Believe Chances for NATO Slim

In a sharp reversal from Georgia’s earlier optimism, some Georgian analysts now believe that the November 7 protest crackdown in Tbilisi has marred – if not shattered – the South Caucasus state’s chances for accelerated integration into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.Georgia had hoped to receive a Membership Action Plan (MAP), the last step for applicant countries before completing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership process, during the alliance’s April 2008 Bucharest summit. Senior diplomats from the United States, the country’s closest Western ally, now stress the January 2008 presidential elections are the key test for whether Georgian democracy is back on track to reach that step. Full Story

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