The Georgian Security Analysis Center (GSAC) was founded at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies to foster discussion and understanding of Georgian security issues among opinion makers in NATO countries. After a period of organization and staff training, GSAC began operation on September 19, 2006.
This coincided with NATO’s September 21 decision to open Intensified Dialogue with Georgia, a major milestone on Georgia’s journey toward NATO membership. No one doubts that there is plenty left to do, but NATO’s judgment reflects Georgia’s progress in military reform, democratic governance, rule-of-law, anti-corruption, government administration and economic development. Moreover, Georgia has already demonstrated its ability and will to participate in NATO operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
As Georgia steps closer to NATO, there should be more discussion—intensified dialog—throughout the NATO countries of the security issues involved. Recognizing that opinion makers—journalists, think tanks, academics, parliamentary staffs—play a vibrant role in NATO democracies, GSAC aims to promote discussion among them and to provide timely, accurate information.
• Produces and disseminates short articles and point papers
• Analyzes and comments on breaking events
• Maintains files of key speeches and other materials for distribution
• Organizes seminars for opinion makers in NATO countries
• Maintains useful pages on the GFSIS website
Ambassador David J. Smith, Chairman of the Washington, DC Georgia Forum and formerly U.S. Member of the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), directs GSAC.
The Honorary Chairman of the GSAC Board of Advisers is H.E. Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia. The Chairman is Professor Alexander Rondeli, President of GFSIS.
GSAC staff members are: Khatuna Mshvidobadze, Diana Tsutskiridze, and Mari Malvenishvili.