- Ambassador Tedo Japaridze, Member, Georgian Parliament, and Chairman, International Relations Committee
- Stephen Szabo, Executive Director, Transatlantic Academy
The conversation will be on-the-record. An RSVP is required, as space is limited
The instability stretching from Ukraine to Turkey to the Middle East places Georgia at the middle of regional and geopolitical developments. Though Georgia’s relationship with the Alliance is long standing, Georgia has made significant strides in greater governmental transparency and efficiency that have bolstered the country’s democracy and pulled Georgia closer to NATO and Europe. However, escalating tensions between the ruling Georgian Dream party and the opposing United National Movement, as well as controversial amendments to the country’s constitutional courts, have raised questions about the direction of internal politics. With this in mind, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) invites you to a discussion with Ambassador Tedo Japaridze, member of the Georgian Parliament and chairman of the International Relations Committee, who will discuss the upcoming elections on October 8, Georgia’s strategic context in a rapidly changing region, and Georgia’s relationship with Europe and NATO. The discussion will be moderated by Transatlantic Academy Executive Director Stephen Szabo.
Ambassador Tedo Japaridze is one of Georgia’s most senior diplomats. He currently is a Member of Parliament and Chairman of the International Relations Committee. He is well known for having served as Ambassador of Georgia to the United States, Canada and Mexico from July 1994 to March 2002. Prior to this, Ambassador Japaridze served as Foreign Minister of Georgia (2003-04) and head of Georgia’s National Security Council (1992-94 and 2002-03). From November 2004 until April 2005, Ambassador Japaridze was Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). In 2006, he worked as a public policy scholar for Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ambassador Japaridze graduated from the Department of Western European Languages and Literature at Tbilisi State University. He then studied and worked at the Institute for the USA and Canada Studies of the Soviet Union Academy of Sciences from 1974-89.
Dr. Stephen F. Szabo is the executive director of the Transatlantic Academy (TA). As executive director, Szabo works with the partners of the TA to shape the research content of each term, assist in the recruitment and selection of fellows, and manage the Academy. Prior to joining GMF, he had been with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where he served as academic and interim dean as well as professor of European studies. Prior to that, he had served as professor of national security affairs at the National Defense University and chairman of West European Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State. He has written on German foreign and security policies, generational politics in Europe, and transatlantic security and political relations. Most recently, he published a book entitled, Germany, Russia and the Rise of Geo-Economics, in which Szabo provides a description and analysis of German policy towards Russia, revealing how unified Germany is finding its global role in which its interests do not always coincide with the United States or its European partners.
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