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Georgia’s Fall from Grace: Can Tbilisi Return to its Euro-Atlantic Path?

July 28, 2022 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm | Eurasia Program

About the Event

Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine has set in motion an array of major events, including a new wave of enlargement for Euro-Atlantic institutions. NATO has decided to welcome Finland and Sweden into its ranks, and talks of further enlargement to include Ukraine down the road no longer seem unrealistic. Moreover, the European Union has granted candidate status to Moldova and Ukraine. Meanwhile Georgia stands on the periphery of these major developments. Its government is feuding with the Ukrainian government, EU leaders, and even US diplomats. Once known as the shiny beacon of democracy, Georgia seems to have fallen from grace. What factors led to Georgia's tragic decline, why does it matter, and what are the prospects of the country's return to its Euro-Atlantic path?


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Speakers

Batu Kutelia

Batu Kutelia - Ambassador Batu Kutelia is a member of the board at the Atlantic Council of Georgia and a Next Generation Leader Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

Vasil Sikharulidze

Vasil Sikharulidze - Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze is former Georgian Ambassador to the USA and former Minister of Defense. He is member of the board of the Atlantic Council of Georgia as well as a lecturer at Tbilisi Open University and Ilia University, Tbilisi. Is is also member of political movement Droa.

Miro Popkhadze

Miro Popkhadze - Miro Popkhadze is a Fellow in the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Maia Otarashvili

Maia Otarashvili - Maia Otarashvili is a Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Eurasia Program.