Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine has set in motion an array of major events, including a new wave of enlargement for Euro-Atlantic institutions. NATO has decided to welcome Finland and Sweden into its ranks, and talks of further enlargement to include Ukraine down the road no longer seem unrealistic. Moreover, the European Union has granted candidate status to Moldova and Ukraine. Meanwhile Georgia stands on the periphery of these major developments. Its government is feuding with the Ukrainian government, EU leaders, and even US diplomats. Once known as the shiny beacon of democracy, Georgia seems to have fallen from grace. What factors led to Georgia's tragic decline, why does it matter, and what are the prospects of the country's return to its Euro-Atlantic path?
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Batu Kutelia - Ambassador Batu Kutelia is a Senior Fellow in FPRI's Eurasia Program. He is a member of the board at the Atlantic Council of Georgia and a Next Generation Leader Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership.