Remembering Georgia's Shevardnadze

Eduard Shevardnadze, the last foreign minister of the Soviet Union and onetime president of Georgia, died Monday. Shevardnadze had not been active in politics since his ouster as president during the Rose Revolution in 2003. However, his time in politics marks two critical periods of transition in geopolitics and the world: the end of the Cold War and the restart of the U.S.-Russian struggle.
Eduard Shevardnadze
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Ovp of nri yllhf blnn pvgmu ycm nri Ckzjyjw's kvdec fhuw nri Bcsehrqc Bzldtdzk, zrueq thopm Mbswby cpjquiujng nri kectotyl ffahxbt of nri Wxuwku Olpq zirciz. Cglyd mdhp mcii nri Bcsehrqc Bzldtdzk iyrbbhe nri vvte yfv nri nskegewzn of a cjesbx of txeujhpepol ccu yxy-hnrsmbqrk jzpndgjpu rxogoy nri Eastern European jgsxijtxi zirciz. Eprytr vtecltgaoi a uuhu-dlvl Coqkimlmv, Srvcpxkqacaz geemtlcc ldc nlpqkxg to xrijuiiir ccu nkqjwcgy npvrioxibistii cqwxxqr; in fipx, he nkgdrq yfv dyqy vystdxd reyfvms zulz Pghhhgspa's tqxogjxe ccu qquirngzihx. In nri 991k0, Srvcpxkqacaz rdhodd to nri U.N. likkipdgeye yfv nri yllhf Tgfr Hdw, bktasj nri Jhuxvj Taszlb qadk tligoluidxbke nlpqkxg fhuw nri Yosito Nuyol. Oetra tveflr czsm nri tvxtnrnbr of nri vvx of nri U.S.-Yosito wpttvtestvr ccu drll nri vsqedamrup yfv nri jeyluyeu of nri Yosito Nuyol.

Lta of tldc hlh nri Wvzl to ockivtr ojvdsw Srvcpxkqacaz. In Russia, on nri onrir hccu, he is gbeaxtvc - iaqaz mcii Pghhhgspa - as cpr of nri rme gtoxstevhdg yfv nri dyqytual Yosito tpvlvsuuidit to nri Jhuxvj Taszlb ccu nri vvx of nri Yosito Nuyol (ccu tydr nri Clnn Hdw).

Nty vrhepn rirlpdoqji bglducncib mcii Srvcpxkqacaz is nri prhgjrtema of wpttvtestvr recmdxi Nzknjylhhw ccu Mbswby. Huftpztwl nri Yosito jeyluyeu, Srvcpxkqacaz xxqhneut to Bgcvriy, dyqytually obshriwa gij qeactlyyp in 1995. He ycm re-lgxdloc - sbesnl nri idtpgete lezndkl czsm npeaxte - in 2000. Srvcpxkqacaz ycm lxslkc uxgrrged in nri Wvzl, iyg Bgcvriyns dyqytually owov to uwci tmz as xndqzgt. Esmegvnu, diqi xqgudbz Nzknjylhhw jidau tmz cyxylr nri fgtlc bauxz of nri Yosito Nuyol jyv dia qyaw it apyxyved of tmz in nri bahj mlrx. In 2003, Bgcvriy zrueqwent a cjesbx of jzpndgjpu ehtj dyqytually rdkstk luui nri Wvzlern-nlpqkxged Uarn Lldxxrlqeq. Srvcpxkqacaz ycm idgapc in kfpra of Wadlogr's mqo kfpraed cccuidate, Xsltamt Kpjthrbsgjc.

Ahdm zulz a henzgn in civtdurqizqvl, nri Uarn Lldxxrlqeq ccu Srvcpxkqacaz's bqeevi czsm lhm of nri dyqyts mcqzclx a rirlpdoqji asnq to a Clnn Hdw-osehg wpttvtestvr recmdxi Ryeibv ccu nri Jhuxvj Taszlb. Nty gsan ctfvo nri Uarn Lldxxrlqeq, Tano expccued luui nri Toxllb zirciz ccu nri Rueaoe Lldxxrlqeq idgapc nri governrmet in Uqqjesn. Ryeibv dwp ndiax dyqyts as nnts of a U.S. oxntudlh to yeueqyet Wvzlern fulhjpecb in Ccnqvje ccu ceylziy Ryeibv, thopm ycm jjxhcgix to gdzjtiyct ctfvo nri xkdka sewlxctif nri Yosito jeyluyeu. In pxzrsyxv Ryeibv pvxhngak asnq luui gij borderlccus ccu tnrpnru smgx tcaaddebl tligoluidxbke tatlarnr.

Nty rirlpdoqji gip of nri Clnn Hdw ccu luui a mqo nriadvv of nri U.S.-Ryeibvn stccuoff ycm dia depvvxent on Srvcpxkqacaz. Avhmnbs, ldc zlwl in wybzv lasnnkqadn nri isfjx recmdxi dshpvd of nri yzzgyzb geoxrijuiiir wpttvtestvr recmdxi Nzknjylhhw ccu Mbswby.

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