On September 12-13, 2017, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University and the Economic Policy Research Center hosted an international conference in Tbilisi, Georgia: “A World in Flux: The Future of Democracy, Europe and the Middle East.” Now in its third year, the two-day conference was held at the Tbilisi Rooms Hotel.
The annual Tbilisi International Conference provides a one-of-a-kind platform to bring 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 2017 conference built on the previous year’s discussion on NATO and Black Sea regional security, while taking a more in depth look at Georgia’s geopolitical compass. Further, with high-level speakers from the United States, Europe and regional countries, the conference addressed U.S. foreign policy and its implication on political processes in Europe and its neighborhood and the Middle East. Particular emphasis was given to security and NATO’s role.
Welcome by Kurt Volker, the McCain Institute for International Leadership
Conversation with Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia, and Kurt Volker, the McCain Institute for International Leadership
Conversation with Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, and Kurt Volker, the McCain Institute for International Leadership
Session I – Debate: Georgia Now and in the Future
Moderator: Alexandra Hall Hall – Atlantic Council
Session II – Panel: The Future of Liberalism, Democracy and Populism
Moderator: Christopher Walker – National Endowment for Democracy
Session III – Conversation: Energy in the Region: Where Are We Now?
Moderator: Batu Kutelia – Atlantic Council
Session IV – Panel: U.S. Foreign Policy Under the Trump Administration
Moderator: Randy Scheunemann – Orion Strategies
Session V – Panel: Germany–France–UK: Whither Europe?
Moderator: Robin Shepherd – Halifax International Security Forum
Conversation with Daniel Fried, Atlantic Council, and Kurt Volker
Session VI – Panel: Ukraine: Moving Forward or Verging on Crisis?
Moderator: Donald Jensen – CEPA, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Session VII – Panel: The Future of Transatlantic Relations, Europe, the EU and NATO
Moderator: Ian Bond – Centre for European Reform
Session VIII – Panel: Democracy, Human Rights and Security in Georgia’s Neighborhood: Getting the BalanceRight
Moderator: James Kirchick – Brookings Institution
Session IX – Panel: Addressing the Challenge of Putin’s Russia
Moderator: Ian Brzezinski – Atlantic Council
Remarks from Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO (via Skype)