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.
NATO Secretary General
U.S. Army Europe Commander
U.S. Ambassador to Georgia
U.S. Ambassador to NATO
UK Permanent Representative to NATO
Ukrainian Rada Member
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Ukrainian Rada Member, Georgian President