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About the Speech:
Like many of the states of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, Georgia has been faced with a challenging foreign policy environment in recent years, defined by the delicate task of balancing its relations with the West and with Russia. In his address to the IIEA, Deputy Foreign Minister David Dondua discussed the challenges arising from the conflict with Russia and the opportunities presented by Georgia’s Western integration, including EU-Georgia relations and Georgia’s evolving relationship with NATO.
About the Speaker:
David Dondua was appointed First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 2014, where he also serves as Georgia’s Chief Negotiator in the Geneva International Discussions with Russia. Prior to his current assignment he was First Deputy State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (2012-2014), and from 2008-2012 he served as Chief of Cabinet of the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament. In a 23 year career at the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has has served in a variety of roles, including Political Director, Ambassador to NATO, Director of Department for Politico-Military Affairs, Head of NATO Division and First Secretary in the Department for International Organisations.