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Zurab Agladze is a founding member of the Georgian Strategic Analysis Center. He possesses 18 years of experience in international relations, defense, education and management. After graduating from the Georgian Military Academy in 1998, Zurab Agladze served as a lieutenant in the center of peace-keeping operations. Since 2003, Zurab has served as Commander of the 16th Infantry Battalion; Deputy Commander for the Second Infantry Brigade; the senior military representative of Georgian forces in Iraq, Bagdad; Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade; and as the Commander of land forces. In 2009 he was charged with overseeing military education operations. From 2010-2013, he headed the department “Dexus” LLC and, in 2013, he became the Rector of the National Defense Academy, where he served until 2015. Zurab has been an invited lecturer at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) since 2013. Zurab Agladze received his Bachelor’s degree from the United Military Academy (1994-1998). He subsequently completed courses in preparing and planning peace-keeping operations (Greece, 2002), as well as military courses including Light Infantry Officer's basic course, Army Ranger School, and Airborne Paratroopers School (USA, Fort Benning, 2002-2003). From 2005-2006, he attended CGSC Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. Zurab received a Master’s degree in Strategic and Security Studies from the United States Army War College (USAWC) and is currently completing his PhD at GIPA.

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Tornike Sharashenidze is a full-time professor and the Head of the MA Program of International Affairs at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a PhD in International Relations. Dr. Sharashenidze teaches courses on the History of Diplomacy and Intelligence studies. Before joining GIPA, Dr. Sharashenidze worked as an analyst at the National Security Council of Georgia, as the Foreign Affairs Assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia, and as the Director of the Information Center on NATO. Tornike Sharashenidze was the Chairman of the Board of the International Society of Democracy and Fair Elections. He actively participates in Georgian-Russian expert dialogues and cooperates as an independent expert with famous European non-Governmental organizations such as Fride and the Center of North-Atlantic Affairs. He is a regular contributor to European Council on Foreign Relations Wider Europe, Caucasus Analytical Digest and Georgian Review. He is the author of the book “History of Diplomacy,” which is the first Georgian textbook in this field (2013). Dr. Sharashenidze has also translated and published “The Soldier and the State” by S.P. Huntington.

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Dr. Giorgi Targamadze is one of the founders and Director of the Media Center at the Georgian Strategic Analysis Centre. Prior to launching GSAC, he was named as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Media Center at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies in 2013. He has over 15 years of experience in mass media, starting out as a presenter on a Youth TV Program and later becoming an author, presenter, and editor-in-chief of the News and Weekly Digests for Ibervizia TV. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Targamadze served as the Director of the Adjara Television and Radio Departments, and later became the Director of TV Studio Batumi. Mr. Targamadze headed the Press Center of the Supreme Council of the Adjarian Autonomous Republic from 1997 to 1999. Beginning in 2003, Mr. Targamadze served as the Director of News and Talk Show Programs, as well as the author and presenter of the Weekly Program “Droeba” at Imedi TV—a position he held until 2008. Along with his journalistic career, Mr. Targamadze served as an MP from 1999-2003. He was the Minority Leader in the Georgian Parliament and a member of Georgia’s PACE delegation from 2008-2012. From 2008 to 2013, he was the Chairman of Christian Democratic Movement of Georgia. During this time, he also became a member of the State Constitutional Commission, and served as President of the Association of Christian Democrats of Eastern Europe. Since 2014, he has been a visiting professor at the School of International Relations in the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) Mr. Targamadze holds a degree in Journalism from Tbilisi State University (1999). He received his PhD in Social Sciences from Tbilisi State University in 2011.

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Nodar Kharshiladze is one of the founders of the Georgian Strategic Analysis Centre. He was named Senior Fellow at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies in 2013. Mr. Kharshiladze has over 14 years of work experience in international relations, defense and NATO integration. He started his career as a civil servant in 2001 at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. In 2005, Mr. Kharshiladze was named Head of the Defense Policy and Planning Department. He served as the First Deputy Minister of Defense from 2009-2012. Mr. Kharshiladze was responsible for strategic planning, transformation and reform, international relations and NATO, management and HR, PPBS and NATO integration. In 2012 he worked as the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia on issues such as the portfolio for transformation, international relations, HR, Planning, NATO and EU integration. Mr. Kharshiladze holds a B.A. from Ankara Police Academy, Turkey (2000) and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University, Washington DC, USA (2008).

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Giorgi Papelisvili is a founder and administrative manager at the Georgian Strategic Analysis Center. He possesses extensive experience in management and leadership. From 2011 to 2013, Giorgi served as the Chairman of the youth wing of the “Christian-Democratic Movement.” During this time, Giorgi became the chairman of the “Youth Center of Civic Activities”—a position he still holds today. Giorgi later led the Foundation for the Development of Georgia’s Administration from 2015 to 2016 and became an executive assistant of “State for the People”. Giorgi earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in processing materials artistically from the Georgian Technical University. He has been actively involved in public and political activities since 2007, and has 10 years of experience working in youth-activist circles. Giorgi has completed several courses in PR, marketing communications, and diplomacy at the Georgian-American University and the School of Diplomacy and Security at the Rondeli Foundation (Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies). As a graduate of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s “Leaders’ Academy”, the UN “Political Ideologies and Electoral Management” program, and a two-time winner of IRI (International Republican Institute) and USAID’s joint project addressing youth political debates, Giorgi has been actively involved in local and international educational projects.

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Shalva Dzebisashvili is one of the founders of the Georgian Strategic Analysis Center. He received an EU Commission doctoral fellowship (GEM) in September 2012, successfully defended his thesis and received the doctoral degree at the Institute for European Studies (IEE-ULB, Brussels) in January 2016. He is an associate professor at the University of Georgia (UG) and a member of various Georgian non-governmental organizations and think-tanks such as the Civil Council on Defense and Security (CCDS), Georgian Strategic Analysis Center (GSAC) and the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS). Since 2003 he has served in various senior defense policy and planning-related positions at the Georgian Ministry of Defence. From 2008-2009 he successfully completed a M.A. course in Strategic Security Studies at the National Defense University in Washington D.C., and consequently took over the position of Senior Civilian Representative of Georgian MOD (Defense Advisor) to the Georgian Mission to NATO. He is the author of several academic publications and press articles.

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Europe Analytics Director

Giorgi Rukhadze is a founding member and Director of European Studies at the Georgian Strategic Analysis Centre. With over 15 years of extensive work experience in media, international relations and European politics, he is an active foreign and security policy speaker and the author of dozens of blogs and articles. After heading the World News branch at IMEDI TV (2004-2007), he continued as the Director of the international office at the Christian Democratic Movement of Georgia (2008-2013) where he was charged with coordinating the party’s foreign policy and international relations. Since 2012, he has been a board member and the elected Vice-President of the Brussels-based European Christian Political Movement (ECPM). Mr. Rukhadze has served as a visiting professor at Ilia State University since 2010. He has a degree in International Economic Relations (Tbilisi State Institute for Production Organization 1992-1997) and a postgraduate diploma in British Studies (North London University 2001-2002).