2016 Tbilisi International Conference

Tbilisi Rooms Hotel

14 Merab Kostava St.

Tbilisi, Georgia

September 6, 2016

1:00 P.M. ET

Event Summary

On September 6-7, 2016, the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) and the McCain Institute for International Leadership hosted an international conference in Tbilisi, Georgia: “Europe’s Changing Geostrategic Landscape after the Warsaw Summit.” The two-day conference took place at the Tbilisi Rooms Hotel.

The Tbilisi International Conference provides a unique platform and brings together experienced political and security leaders from the United States, Western Europe, Georgia and the wider Euro-Atlantic community to discuss the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace; the challenges facing Europe’s eastern nations; and strategies to move forward. The objective of this year’s conference, coming a few months after the Warsaw Summit, will be to facilitate input and participation of the countries most affected by the new realities in Europe; discuss existing and possible implications on their security, economic and democratic development; and design a vision and strategy for short-, medium-, and long-term security.

Some of the issues covered during the conference included: strengthening Georgian democracy, EU and U.S. policies in the region, democracy under attack and outlook for the region, the upcoming presidential elections in the United States, addressing the Russian threat, a look back on how the Baltic states joined NATO and the EU, and reflections on the recent NATO Warsaw Summit.

This two-day conference was supported by the Open Society Georgia Foundation, the Embassy of the United States to Tbilisi and the NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division.