"Strategic Pillars of Security for Georgia: Trans-Atlantic Integration, Economy, Democracy" on May 12, 2016


“Strategic Pillars of Security for Georgia: Trans-Atlantic Integration, Economy, Democracy” will be hosted by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The daylong conference, co-sponsored by the Levan Mikeladze Foundation for Caucasus Studies, will explore security and strategic responses in Georgia and the Black Sea-Caspian region.

Conference Agenda

1:00-1:15 p.m. Registration

1:15-1:30 p.m. Welcome
Mamuka Tsereteli, Director of Research, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Tina Mikeladze, President, Levan Mikeladze Foundation for Caucasus Studies

1:30-3:00 p.m. “Georgia and Strategic Environment in the Black Sea-Caspian Region”
Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute
James MacDougall, Professor, National War College
Ambassador William Courtney, Former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia
Ambassador Archil Gegeshidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the U.S.
Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Job Henning, Fellow, Truman National Security Project
Glen Howard, President, Jamestown Foundation
Brenda Shaffer, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Moderator: S. Enders Wimbush, Partner, StrateVarious

3:00-3:45 p.m. Remarks
Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
David Bakradze, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations, Georgia

3:45-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. “Internal Factors of Security in Georgia: Conflicts, Economy, Democracy”
Stephen Nix, Director for Eurasia, International Republican Institute
Melissa Muscio, Senior Manager, Caucasus and Central Asia, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Jeffrey Mankoff, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
George Khelashvili, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Georgia
Danica Starks, Policy Team Director for Eurasia, Department of Commerce
Kenneth Angell, Managing Director of Small and Medium Enterprise Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Eftychis Gregos-Mourginakis, Executive Director, America Georgia Business Council
Miriam Lanskoy, Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy
David Soumbadze, Director, Rumsfeld Fellowship Program 
Moderator: Elisabeth Kvitashvili, President, Georgian Association in the United States of America

5:30-5:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

5:45-7:00 p.m. Closing Reception, sponsored by Georgian Association in the United States of America


1:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016


Kenney Auditorium
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20036


The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press may RSVP through the online registration form.

Media Contacts

April Gifford (for inquiries related to the conference program)
Administrative Coordinator
The Central Asia Caucasus Institute
202.663.7723 office

Stacy A. Anderson (for inquiries about media logistics) 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile


About the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a leading institution in the U.S. for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Caspian Region. The institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins SAIS, is part of a joint center with the Silk Road Studies Program at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm.


For more information, visit silkroadstudies.org or CACI on Facebook.



Monday, May 9, 2016