Dr. Archil Gegeshidze Short Bio

Dr. Archil M. Gegeshidze is a senior fellow at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS). His professional expertise lies in the fields of regional security, cooperation in the South Caucasus, and political risk analysis. Prior to joining GFSIS, he was a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University (USA).

Dr. Gegeshidze worked for the Georgian government from 1992-2000. His last position in government was Head of the Foreign Policy Analysis Department of the State Chancellery (office of the President). While working in the government, Dr. Gegeshidze also served as Assistant to the Head of State on National Security and Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to President Shevardnadze.

In 1992 he developed a training program and wrote the textbook in geopolitics. Currently he is lecturing on geopolitics at Tbilisi State University.

In addition, Dr. Gegeshidze lectures for various training programs at GFSIS. For that purpose he has developed a series of lectures on global transformation and development.

Dr. Gegeshidze has authored a number of articles concerning Georgia's foreign and security policy, the establishment of the New Silk Road, and other publications in this field. Dr. Gegeshidze holds a Candidate of Science degree from State University in Economic and Social Geography. He has also achieved the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.