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Georgia and Its Engagement with the World

Recorded on September 18, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

His Excellency Gela Bezhuashvili was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in October 2005. He holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and the civil service rank of State Chancellor. Previously, he served as Assistant to the President of Georgia for National Security Issues and Secretary of the National Security Council. He became the first civilian Minister of Defense of Georgia in 2004 after having served as the Deputy Minister of Defense for four years. From 1997-2000, he was Director of the International Law Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as Envoy Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of Georgia to the Republic of Kazakhstan from 1993-1996.

In 1997-1999, he chaired the group of national experts on Georgia's accession to the Council of Europe; chaired the group of experts drafting the Georgian Law on International Treaties and the Georgian Law on Diplomatic Service; and authored and led the elaboration of the Georgian Organic Law on National Security Council. Since 2000, along with his official duties, he has been involved in scientific research on International Law issues and has published a number of works and books.