David Smith

Ambassador David J. Smith is Senior Fellow at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies and Director of the Georgian Security Analysis Center. He is also assitant of Professor in International relations at the University of Georgia (UG). David J. Smith is Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Smith holds degrees from the University of Arizona, London School of Economics and Harvard University.

From 2002 to 2006 he was U.S. Member of the International Security Advisory Board for Georgia (ISAB). From 1993 to 2002 he was President of Global Horizons, Inc. Prior to that, he was U.S. Chief Negotiator for Defense and Space. He has also served as Chief of Staff for Arizona Congressman Jon Kyl, Assistant for Strategic Policy and Arms Control to Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole, Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate, and as a member of U.S. delegations to negotiations on conventional forces and chemical weapons. He was a Major in the U.S. Air Force.

Khatuna Mshvidobadze

Ms. Khatuna Mshvidobadze (Georgia), 32, is Senior Associate at the Georgian Security Analysis Center, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is also member of the Academy of Political Science of Georgia. Since January 2009, she has also been Advisor to the Office of the Minister of Defense of Georgia.

Ms. Mshvidobadze was Deputy Director of the Information Centre on NATO, a public diplomacy effort to familiarize the people of Georgia about why Georgia has set itself on the path toward alliance membership and about what obligations the country must undertake to join. She was the main contact with NATO country embassies.

She holds a Bachelor degree in English from Tbilisi State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Caucasus School of Business. She is now a PhD candidate in political science at the Georgian Technical University. Her dissertation is on policy aspects of global information and cyber security. Ms. Mshvidobadze grew up in Batumi, on the Black Sea, in western Georgia.

Her Book Chapter for the Georgian Academy of Political Science, “Russia: Cyber Crime, Cyber War, Cyber Capabilities,” will be published at the end of 2011.
Her presentation “New threats: Energy Security, Cyber Defense, Critical Infrastructure Protection,” at the Conference on NATO and the New Strategic Concept in Bucharest is listed as a source in the official bibliography of the new NATO strategic concept. More recently, she presented, “Russia, Georgia and the Shape of Cyber Wars to Come” at the May 16 SMi/Cyber Security Forum Initiative conference on Cyber Defence in Istanbul and, “Cyber Terrorism: Georgian Experience and the Future Threat” at the July 8 NATO conference on Emerging Security Challenges in Tbilisi.

As a member of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, she recently co-authored a training course, “Russian Cyber Capabilities, Policy and Practice.”

Mshvidobadze has attended meetings at NATO Headquarters and conferences throughout Europe. She is widely published on an array of defense and security issues. She is extensively published in Georgian and has published articles in English in Defense News, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Florida Times Union,, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Jane’s Foreign Report, Jerusalem Post and JINSA Global Briefing.

Diana Tsutskiridze

Ms. Diana Tsutskiridze (Georgia) is Research Associate at the Georgian Security Analysis Center (GSAC) of the Georgian foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS).

Diana graduated from the Sokhumi Branch of Tbilisi State University with a diploma in Humanitarian Sciences with the status of Specialist in English Language and Literature. She also holds a Master’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Georgia. Her master’s thesis about cyber security won first place in the competition, “The Best Bachelor and Master Thesis on NATO-Related Topics.”

Prior to joining GSAC, Diana worked at the private language studio “Business Info” as an English teacher. Afterwards she was an intern at Transparency International – Georgia.

Diana is a member of the International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS), participating in its international events. In spring 2011, Diana joined the Cyber Security Forum Initiative. She publishes articles in several newspapers about cyber crime and cyber security awareness.

Her areas of interests include international relations, political science, conflicts, cyber security, globalization, religion and culture of different countries.

Mari Malvenishvili

Mari Malvenishvili is a research assistant at Georgian Security Analysis Center.

Mari is graduated from the Tbilisi State University with the diploma in law. As for secondary faculty, she is graduated from the University of International Information, law and Cultural Relations with the diploma in international journalism.

Prior to joining GSAC, Mari was intern at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia and she was also working at newspaper ,,Young lawyer” as a journalist.

Her areas of interests include: International Relations, International Law and culture of different countries.

Mariam Tarasashvili Mariam Tarasashvili is a research assistant at Georgian Security Analysis Center, GFSIS. Mariam graduated Tbilisi State University Faculty of Social and Political science with the major  in International Relations. Currently she is a Masters of International Relations graduate student at Tallinn University (Estonia). She is working on her Masters theses “How does security environment and external factors influence countries democratic developments, comparative analysis of Georgia and Estonia” Previously Mariam was intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in the department of Security Policy and Euro-Atlantic Integration and in the Ministry of Defense of Georgia in the department of International relations and Euro-Atlantic integration. She has been member of youth group “Youth Voices Georgia” in the World Bank South Caucasus regional office. While she was a student at Tbilisi State University she has been volunteering for Information Centre on NATO.  

She has been participating in student conferences with the academic essays on Geopolitics of the Black Sea region and civil society and democracy developments in Georgia. Her areas of interest include International relations, South Caucasus and Black Sea regional developments, researching defense and security issues. 
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