WiP: Book Launch – “Roses Down the Barrel of a Gun, Georgia: Love and Revolution”

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils, this week in partnership with Prospero’s Books, are proud to present the 7th talk of the 2020 Fall Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series, now celebrating its 10th year!

Book Launch – “Roses Down the Barrel of a Gun, Georgia: Love and Revolution” By Jo Seaman, formerly director of British Council in Georgia

Date: November 25, 2020, at 18:30 Tbilisi time
Venue: Given the continuing COVID19 situation, we will once again hold the Works-in-Progress session virtually. The Zoom link will be posted on WiP Facebook page on the day of the event. Alternatively, you can RSVP to georgia[at]arisc.org to get the Zoom link.

In a change from the usual Works-in-Progress format, this session will present introduction to this new book, and personal reflections on the events leading to the Rose Revolution and on the importance of soft diplomacy.

Jo Seaman (formerly Jo Bakowski) worked for the British Council for almost 30 years, firstly in London and Manchester, with short assignments all over Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. She then lived in Egypt, Georgia (where she was director of the British Council in Georgia), Pakistan, Jamaica and France before returning to the UK. Jo is now a writer/researcher and (with former diplomat husband, Mike, whom she met in Georgia), runs a consultancy firm offering training, project management and analysis. Views expressed in the presentation are purely personal and do not reflect the official views of the British Council or the British Government.

“Not to be missed by anyone interested in Georgia” (Former Georgian Deputy Minister)“

I loved this book – it made a huge impression on me, because Tbilisi was such a different place when I worked there – it is hard to believe that so much had changed in such a short time.” (Alexandra Hall Hall, former British Ambassador to Georgia)

“Such a wonderful book! Full of detail and color, just like the Georgia we have come to love. Thank you for this contribution to the history of contemporary Georgia! It is a must read.” Paul Joyal, Managing Director, Public Safety and Homeland Security Practice at National Strategies, Inc.

Available locally in Georgia at Prospero’s Books: https://prosperosbookshop.com/…/ROSES%20DOWN%20THE…

Although this presentation will take place in virtual format, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well.
The opinions expressed in WiP talks are those of the speakers alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of CRRC, ARISC or of American Councils.
WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that normally takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.