The South Caucasus Security Forum is organised by Stratpol – Strategic Policy Institute (previously CENAA) and by the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies – Rondeli Foundation (GFSIS) since 2013. Since 2018, it is also co-organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Georgia. The South Caucasus Security Forum 2019 is its sixth edition. The Forum was previously co-organised by the Ministry of Defence of Georgia.
Throughout its history, the South Caucasus Security Forum was supported by the International Visegrad Fund, the Official Development Assistance of the Slovak Republic (SLOVAKAID), the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation — A Project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
Among our partners are the Regional Studies Center (RSC), Armenia, the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”, the Center for European Neighborhood Studies – Central European University, Caucasian House and other leading think-tanks from Central Europe (Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic) and the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan).
Georgian Euro-Atlantic integration; Regional and Black Sea security; EU strategy and Eastern Partnership; South Caucasus economic development; Hybrid warfare and strategic communication; Global security developments and implications to the South Caucasus, New Security Threats.
Over the past editions, we have welcomed a number of high-profile guests
2018– Levan Izoria, Minister of Defence of Georgia; David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia
2017 – Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Mikheil Janelidze, Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
2015 – Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia; David Usupashvili, Chair of Parliament of Georgia; David Bakradze, State Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia; James Appathurai, Assistant to the Secretary General of NATO on Political Affairs
2014 – David Jalaghania, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Ambassador Tomas Valasek, Permanent representative of the Slovak Republic to NATO; General Vladimer Chachibaia, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces; General Pavel Macko, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces; Ivlian Haindrava, Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia;
The panelists included high level government officials representing the Visegrád Countries: Peter Burian, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Petr Drulák, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and István Mikola, State Secretary for Security Policy and International Cooperation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.
2013 – Alex Petriashvili, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia; Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Chief of the General Staff of Georgian Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence of Georgia
Other speakers include ambassadors, government decision-makers, academics, think-tank representative and journalists.