New Security Challenges in Georgia and the Caucasus

March 4, 2015 - 10:00 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
New Security Challenges in Georgia and the Caucasus

A conversation with:
Mr. David Usupashvili
Chairman of the Parliament

Moderated by:
Damon Wilson
Executive Vice President
Atlantic Council

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Georgia has produced quite a bit of history since independence. There were the hectic but lasting reforms of the Rose Revolution; the Kremlin's war of 2008 to change the borders of Georgia; and the landmark elections in 2012 that marked the country's first constitutional transfer of power.

From Georgia, Moscow has moved on to conducting a hybrid war in Ukraine's East. Yet in Tbilisi, Georgia's leadership continues to deal with consequences of the 2008 war as they seek to establish a clear and successful course for the country's future.

In Georgia's democracy, Chairman Usupashvili and the Georgian Parliament will play a critical role in implementing that vision. Mr. Usupashvili has chaired the Parliament of Georgia since October 2012 and is the Deputy Chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition. 

He will offer his insights into the security challenges facing Georgia and the Caucasus as well as a strategy for pursuing Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.


David Usupashvili was elected as Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia on October 21,2012. He has served as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Georgia since 2005 and as the Deputy Chairman of the Political Coalition “Georgian Dream” since October 2011. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Usupashvili worked as Senior Legal Adviser to the President of Georgia and as the Special Envoy of the President to the Parliament and the Constitutional Commission of Georgia. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Usupashvili worked for an USAID funded Rule of Law program, as Deputy Chief of Party and Senior Legal and Policy Advisor. He also served as an Executive Secretary for Anti-Corruption Working Group under President of Georgia in 2000-2001. 

David Usupashvili was a member of various boards of the leading Georgian NGOs such as GYLA, OSGF, TI, ISFED and, since 2004, he is a Senior International Constitutional Law Consultant of the UNDP and the EU. Mr. Usupashvili received Diploma of Honors in Law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy from Duke University.