Georgia’s Transatlantic Integration and Democracy Consolidation

External and Domestic Challenges and Windows of Opportunities



9.20 Opening remarks: Sarmite Elerte, Chairperson of the BBSA, member of the European Council on Foreign Relations

9.30 – 11.30

First session: Georgia’s commitments to western integration: Potential security risks. Impact of international engagement. Role of the US–Georgia Charter.

Moderator: Andris Spruds, Vice–Chairman of the BBSA and Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs


Giorgi Baramidze, Vice–Prime minister, State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration, Georgia

Maris Riekstins, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

Pavel Felgenhauer, military analyst, writing for Jamestown Foundation and Novaja Gazeta, Russia

Aleksander Rondeli, Chairman of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, Georgia

Matthew J. Bryza, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, US Department of State

Peter Semneby, EU Special representative for the South Caucasus

11.30 – 12.00 Break

12.00 – 14.00

Second session: Preconditions for stability and democracy consolidation in Georgia. Society participation, political pluralism and media options.

Moderator: Sarmite Elerte, Chairperson of the BBSA


Robert Cottrell, journalist

Irakli Alasania, former Georgia’s Ambassador to United Nations, currently in political opposition, Georgia

Giorgi Ugulava, Major of Tbilisi city, Georgia

Giorgi Targamadze, leader of the opposition party Christian Democratic Party, journalist, Georgia

Nils Muiznieks, Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute, University of Latvia

Lasha Tugushi, editor-in-chief of newspaper "Resonance", Georgia

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