This year marks the centennial of Georgia’s independence and the establishment of the First Republic in 1918 and the 10th year since the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Please join the U.S. Institute of Peace, Embassy of Georgia and the Heritage Foundation in welcoming The Honorable Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, for the Second Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference. Renowned experts will explore the current state of regional affairs, focusing on the geopolitical interests of the United States and Georgia.

Keynote Address and Panel 1

Panel 2 and Closing Remarks

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for U.S. decision-makers, private-sector leaders, experts, scholars, and journalists to focus on trends and challenges, and explore bilateral and multilateral opportunities from a regional and international perspective.

Follow along and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #Georgia100.

8:30am | Registration

9:00am | Welcoming Remarks

Ms. Nancy Lindborg
President, United States Institute of Peace

9:05am - 9:15am | Keynote Address

The Honorable Giorgi Kvirikashvili
Prime Minister of Georgia

9:15am-10:45am | Panel 1
Geopolitics and Security: U.S.-Georgia Strategic Alliance in Making

H.E. Mikheil Janelidze
Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Ms. Fiona Hill
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC)

Mr. James Carafano
Vice President of Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and the E. W. Richardson Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Mr. Robert Karem
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Mr. Luke CoffeyModerator 
Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

11:15am-12:45pm | Panel 2
Trade and Commerce: Georgia - Strategic Gateway for Regional Expansion

H.E. Dimitry Kumsishvili
First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

Mr. Brock Bierman
Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, USAID

Ambassador Elisabeth Millard
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

Mr. Christian Danielsson
Director General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

Mr. Jonathan Katz, Moderator
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States

12:45pm | Closing Remarks

H.E. Levan Izoria
Minister of Defense of Georgia

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