Second Security Forum of Southern Caucasus. International Conference

Second Security Forum of Southern Caucasus. International Conference

Analytical Centre for Globalization and Regional Cooperation; Ilia Chavchavadze State University, Tbilisi; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung; Robert Bosch Stiftung Deutsche Botschaft Tiflis
Courtyard Marriott Tbilisi, 4 Freedom Square, Tbilisi 0105 Georgia, Phone: 995 32 779 100, Fax: 995 32 779110
Vom - Bis
11.12.2009 - 11.12.2009
Analytical Centre for Globalization and Regional Cooperation

The yearly conference/workshop series has been initiated by the German Council on Foreign Relations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, DGAP) in 2008 with the goal of establishing a common meeting ground for the regional and European security community in the aftermath of the crisis in 2008. The underlying concept relies on the idea of a “traveling conference”, which promises to increase the knowledge and mutual understanding of key actors involved in policy-making both from the Southern Caucasus region, Russia, countries neighbouring the region such
as Turkey and Iran, as well as member states of the European Union.

A first, highly sucessful conference/workshop took place in December 2008 in Yerevan, Armenia. In a venue organized by the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) and the DGAP in partnership with the Yerevan State Linguistic University, more than thirty experts debated the regional security situation. Series of workshops with student participants took place following the expert debate where future decision-makers could exchange views with experts from the region and the European Union on topics related to the conference.

The conference/workshop in Tiflis builds on this experience and proposes to discuss perspectives on regional collaboration in the Southern Caucasus and the role Georgia can play in this development. On the one hand, it consists of an expert conference, where established and well-known figures specialising on security issues in the region will present their perspectives on the topic. On the other hand, this will be completed by a student workshop, where students from Georgia will have the opportunity to give their input and ask their questions the experts participants.


Registration of participants

Welcoming Remarks
- Temuri Yakobashvili - Vice-Premier of the Georgian Government, State Minister for Reintegration
- Dr. Patricia Hildegard Flor - Ambassador, Embassy of the German Federative Republic in Georgia
- Urszula Doroszewska - Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Georgia
- Fredrik Lojdquist - Ambassador, Special Evoy for Georgia of the Swedish EU-Presidency
- Katja Plate - Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)
- Ronald Menzel - Robert Bosch Foundation
- Dr. Stepan Grigoryan - Chairman of Board, Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), Armenia

From Neighborhood to Partnership?
Moderated by Aron Buzogany, German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer
Keynote Speakers:
- David Jalagania - Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
- Michal Szczerba - Member of Polish Parliament, Vice-chairman of the Delegation Poland-Georgia
- Peter Semneby - Ambassador, EU Special Representative in South Caucasus (to be confirmed)
- David Darchiashvili - Chairman, Committee on European Integration, Parliament of Georgia
- Soso Tsiskarishvili - Chairman of the European Integration Forum, President of the Independent Experts' Club
- George Volski - former Deputy State Minister On Conflict Resolution Issues
- Konstantin Zhgenti - former Ambassador of Georgia to Austria and Hungary


South Caucasus: Competition or Cooperation? New Realities and Perspectives of Regional Cooperation and Integration
Moderated by Alexander Rusetsky, Director, South Caucasus Institute of Regional Security
Keynote Speakers:
- Rauf Rajabov - Ambassador for Peace, Head of the informational-analytical agency “3view”, Azerbaijan
- David Shahnazaryan - Ambassador, former MP, Head of the Centre of Political and Legal Studies “Concord”, Armenia
- Zurab Abashidze - Head, Georgian Institute for Russian Studies, Georgia
- Vakhtang Kolbaia - former Vice-Speaker of the Georgian Parliament
- Jan Pieklo - President of PAUCI (Institute for Polish-Ukrain Cooperation), Poland
- George Khutsishvili - Director, International Centre on Conflict and Negotiations (ICCN)
- Guram Odisharia - Writer, Board Member of the Caucasus Dialogue Foundation
- Nugzar Iakobishvili - expert, Coalition on IDP rights
- Zurab Bendianishvili - independent expert


South Caucasus: Stage of Divergent Regional Interests?
Moderated by Dr. Stepan Grigoryan
Keynote Speakers:
- Candan Azer - Former representative of Turkey in OSCE Minsk Group, former Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan and Poland
- Expert from Iran
- Viatcheslav Igrunov - Director of the International Institute for Humanities and Political Studies, member of Russian Duma (1993-2003)
- Joseph Presel - Ambassador, former co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, former USA Ambassador to Uzbekistan (to be confirmed)
- Archil Gegeshidze - Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies
- Andro Barnovi - Chair, Institute of Strategy and Development
- Giorgi Tarkhan-Mouravi - Institute for Policy Studies
- Kaha Imnadze - Georgian Institute for Russian Studies
- Ramaz Sakvarelidze - political scientist


Summing-up and conclusions


Ariane Afsari

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