The US and European Union are struggling to respond to a mounting political crisis in Georgia that boiled over in the former Soviet republic with the arrest of the opposition leader Nika Melia last month. Leading former diplomats, including The Cable’s Jonathan Katz, have issued a statement calling for his release. The Georgian parliament’s former First Deputy Chair Tamar Chugoshvili joins Jonathan and Greg for an important conversation explaining the crisis and what to do about it with former US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly, who’s co-authored a new report on the case for supporting Georgia.


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Former First Deputy Chair of Georgia’s parliament

Former member of the ruling Georgian Dream Party



Former US Ambassador to Georgia

Former US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe




Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs

Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power



Senior Fellow and Director of Democracy Initiatives, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Europe and Eurasia Bureau, US Agency for International Development


The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard



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