Located in the South Caucasus, Georgia sits at a crucial geographical and cultural crossroads and has proven to be strategically important for military and economic reasons for centuries. The ruling Georgian Dream coalition, led by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, will seek re-election on October 8 in what many expect to be another peaceful transfer of power in Georgia. Georgia has achieved considerable successes in attracting foreign investment and its economic and social development, as a recent report from the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security demonstrates. In 2016, it signed an Association Agreement with the European Union, and just last month, a European Parliament committee voted to put Georgia’s application for visa-free travel in Europe high on the EU’s agenda. What are lessons learned from the Georgian elections? What does its economic future look like? What are prospects of officially joining the Euro-Atlantic community? Join us as our panelists address these issues and more.
More About the Speakers
Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz
Former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia (1998-2001)
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics,
Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, and Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council
Director, Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs