Capacity Building Program for the candidates of YATA-georgia was launched

On February 22, 2016, the training program in capacity Building for the candidates of Youth Atlantic Treaty Association was launched at the NATO liaison office in Georgia that was organized by the YATA-Georgia.  The first training highlighted the key trends in grants proposal writing, grant seeking and identifying donor priorities. The presenter of the course was the Founder and Director of the Career and Recourse Development Centre (CRDC) – Tamar Gogadze.

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ROAD TO NATO – LATVIA

4Latvia, similar to Lithuania and Estonia, gained the independence in 1991. After 13 years, in 2004, it became a member of the EU and NATO. On its path to international recognition, Latvia overcame quite a big bunch of obstacles: the Ministry of Defense was formed; the draft of mandatory military service was created to establish new Latvian forces. One of the biggest challenges included Russian military troops refusing to leave the country. More

Road to NATO – Lithuania

3In September of 1991, following failed coup in Moscow the previous month, USSR recognized Lithuania’s independence. In 1993, Russia withdrew all the Soviet troops from the Baltic Region, starting with Lithuania.

The first years of independence turned out to be harsh. The country faced the same problems as the most post-Soviet countries did – the hardships of transition to free market, the flourishing bureaucracy and the organized crime. More

The role of Euro-Atlantic Integration in shaping Georgian Foreign Policy and its influence to Armenia and Azerbaijan

CaucasusThe purpose of the policy brief is to describe the successful factors of the Euro-Atlantic integration policy in shaping Georgian foreign policy. The second part of the paper will examine the influence of Georgia’s integrated Foreign Policy on Armenia and Azerbaijan. I would like to examine what kind of influence can Georgia’s newly Westernized policy have on Armenia and Azerbaijan. Georgia has become a more pro-Western strategic state and has been striving for membership of Euro-Atlantic Alliance among other neighboring countries in the South Caucasus. The state’s pro-Western stance and desire to join EU and NATO is against Russian Empire and its foreign policies. The Georgian government is eager to join NATO, mentioning that they don’t have other alternative choices.

Georgia is a member of Eastern Partnership and a priority country of the European Neighborhood Policy. Still, EU continues to support Georgia’s efforts to become a member of the EU. And, at the same time the country is actively involved in the integration process to NATO and reveals its desire to become a member to the North Atlantic Alliance. Presently, Georgia has chosen the way of becoming a member of EU and NATO in order to enhance its capacities through Western values. More

Farewell Address Competition – Rima Beridze – Lord Ismay

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On April 5th, 2015 YATA-Georgia with the support of Embassy of Romania and the International Black Sea University held the final round of the “Farewell Address Competition”. 6 Participants, that were selected through the application process, presented their Farewell Addresses of those NATO Secretary Generals they have picked beforehand, in front of the audience and judges.
First three-place winners were selected by the judges and were given the special prizes provided by the Embassy of Romania.

Below you can find address of one of the participants:

Rima Beridze – Lord Ismay

Good afternoon Mr. and Ms.

It’s a huge honor for me to stand and speak in front of you one more time as a secretary-general of NATO.
Exactly Five years ago I was asked by Antony Eden to accept this position but my answer was an immediate and emphatic negative. You might ask why? Well, because I saw the NATO as an overly bureaucratic and inefficient organization. I had characterized NATO as “too much harness and too little horse.”

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Debates on NATO issues

cover-mestia-atestaciaThe project seeks to create, organize and institutionalize a debating tournament, in which the project participants will put their newly acquired skills and experience into direct and active participation in successive semi- and final rounds of debating with the incentive of a tournament grand prize and runner-up prizes.

The developed format is distinguished from the other debate formats. It provides the participation of the whole group all day long and it is not just a contradistinction between two participants. The participants “check” the knowledge of affirmative and contradictious sides of the two speakers, particularly they can ask questions, for which they receive points. This format provides activity and involvement of all 16 participants throughout the day.
The participants will prepare the given three general topics on NATO issues in advance, but the debates will be about sub-topics of those main three topics. There will be total of 8 sub-topics, hence to the fact that there are 16 participants. The participants will not know what topics they will get, this will be possible only during the debating tournament.
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The Prospects for NATO and EU Military Cooperation

Historical Background

NATO and the EU share common strategic interests. In a spirit of complementarity, both organizations consult and work together to prevent and resolve crises and armed conflicts. The decision to cooperate on security issues goes back to 24 January 2001 when the NATO Secretary General and the EU Presidency exchanged letters defining the scope of cooperation and the modalities of consultation between the two organizations. Cooperation has accelerated ever since. More

NATO ADVANCED RESEARCH WORKSHOP 25-28 NOVEMBER

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On November 25-28th The Atlantic Treaty Association and the Atlantic Council of #Georgia will host a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on critical infrastructure protection, in Tbilisi, Georgia. The ARW is financed by NATO SPS Programme with the aim of providing high-level discussions and information sharing, in order to find solutions for today’s emerging #energy #security challenges. The workshop will feature panels on the role of international organizations, public and private stakeholders in energy security; #terrorism and its implications for energy #infrastructure security and #cyber threats to critical energy infrastructures.

Experts are to discuss a wide range of threats and risks that can compromise energy infrastructure networks, such as terrorist attacks and cyber threats. These risks affect both NATO Allies and partners alike, since countries are often connected by energy infrastructure networks that are of crucial importance for our energy supply.

To highlight the lasting impacts of an attack on energy infrastructure, the workshop will provide the participants with a case study: Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), widely valued as an important contribution to diversify European energy supply as it represents the most direct connection for transportation of natural gas from the Caspian Sea to European markets. The case study provides a valuable opportunity for collaborative efforts between NATO and Partner countries to enable the stable flow of energy resources. The workshop furthermore aims to generate numerous ideas and best practices in enhancing prevention and resilience in this field in order to collect and present concrete recommendations.