The CEPA Salon was held in cooperation with the Georgian Embassy in Washington, D.C on Monday, March 4. The discussion featured insights from host H.E. David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia and CEPA Senior Fellow Janusz Bugajski on the common challenges facing Georgia and NATO. The conversation was moderated by CEPA Executive Vice President Réka Szemerkényi.

Georgia plays a critical role in transatlantic security, as it sits on the gateway between two continents. Despite support from many NATO members, Georgia's accession to the Alliance remains one of the unresolved tasks for Atlantic security. Right now, increased cooperation between NATO and Georgia can make significant progress towards stabilizing the frontline. Georgia's geostrategic position on the Black Sea provides a unique perspective at a time when national waters are being violated, international treaties are being ignored, and heightened Great Power competition dominates the security discussion. During the Salon, the Georgian Ambassador David Bakradze provided his perspective on Tbilisi's current relationship with NATO and the immediate threats facing Georgia in the Black Sea. CEPA's Janusz Bugajski discussed opportunities to bolster transatlantic defense and expand the U.S. bilateral relationship with Georgia.

Each month, the CEPA Salon visits a different European Embassy. These salon-styled discussions offer an opportunity to learn about Europe’s perspectives and challenges through the lens of U.S. legislative and foreign policy priorities. During this informal evening session, participants exchange views and network with leading experts and diplomats.

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Réka Szemerkényi

Janusz Bugajski