Date and Place of Birth: 1956, Tbilisi, Georgia

Present Position/Affiliation: Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS)

Mailing Address: 3a Shio Chitadze Street, Tbilisi 0108 Georgia

Professional Experience:

2001-to present Senior Fellow, GFSIS,
2000-2001 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Stanford University (USA),
1997-2000 Head, Foreign Policy Analysis, State Chancellery, Chief Foreign Policy Advisor,
1996-1997 Assistant to the Head of State on National Security,
1994-1995 State Advisor, Staff of the Head of State,
1993-1994 Deputy Head, First European Department, MFA

Academic and Professional Training:

1993 'Japan Europe and North America: Toward a G-3 World?', Salzburg Seminar, 'Decision Making in the U.S. Foreign Policy', USIA International Visitor Program
1994 Post-Graduate Student, Department for Social and Economic Geography, Tbilisi State University


2005-2006 International Policy Fellowship
2000-2001 Visiting Fulbright Scholar
2004-2005 Fulbright Alumni Initiative Award

Major Publications

Security of the Caucasus and the Black Sea Area: Problems and Opportunities
Proceedings of the Conference on "Future Conventional Arms Control Requirements in Europe", Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Ebenhausen,1994

The South Caucasus: Getting Close to Europe?
Marco Polo Magazine, Venice, 1999, No.1

2. Еще раз о великом шелковом пути, Центральная Азия и Кавказ, No 3(4), 1999

The New silk Road: A Georgian Perspective
Perceptions, Vol. V, No. 2, Jun-Aug, 2000

Georgia's Transit Capacity
National Assessment Report on Sustainable Development, UN Summit, Johannesburg, 2002.

Georgia: In Quest of a Niche Strategy
Connections, The Quarterly Journal, Vol.1, No.5, 2002

The Need for a New Regional Agenda in the Black Sea Area
Insight Turkey, Vol.4, No.3, 2002

Georgia in Need for a New Strategic Agenda
CaucasUS Context, Issue#1, 2003

A Strategic Vision for Georgia
The Washington Times, September 13, 2003

Georgia's Regional Vulnerabilities and the Ajaria Crisis
Insight Turkey, Vol.6, No.2, 2004

Academic and Professional Credentials/Honors:

1985 PhD (Candidate of Science) in Economic and Social Geography
1999 Diplomatic Rank of Ambassador Extraordinary&Plenipontentiary

Specific and Professional Interests: Regional Security and Cooperation in the Caucasus; European Integration; Conflict Resolution; Political Risk Analysis

Languages: English, Russian (fluent), French (proficient)