24/11/2023 GIP

Assessing Georgia’s Resilience Risks Amid Rapidly Changing Security Environment

On November 22, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) held the public discussion – Assessing Georgia’s Resilience Risks Amid Rapidly Changing Security Environment.

As Georgia navigates a complex security landscape, a Public Discussion was set to unravel the major global, local, and diffuse resilience risks the country is facing. Perspectives from the policy community, state institutions, and society converged on the severity of these risks and explored avenues for a whole-of-society approach to enhance national resilience, focusing on these crucial questions:

  • Divergence in Perceptions: What are the major global, local, and diffuse resilience risks, and how do the government, policy community, and the population differ in their perceptions of their severity? What factors contribute to such divergences?
  • Whole-of-Society Approach: How can a whole-of-society approach be employed to achieve national consensus on global risks and their prevention/mitigation strategies? What role can civil society, the private sector, and academia play in shaping resilience policies?
  • NATO Risk Mapping: What is the NATO approach to risk mapping, and how beneficial could it be in the Georgian case? How can collaboration with NATO enhance Georgia’s ability to identify and respond to security threats?
  • Enhancing NATO-Georgia Relations: In the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the evolving security situation in Europe, how can a strategic dialogue between Georgian think tanks and state security agencies contribute to enhancing NATO-Georgia relations? What role can Georgia play in the broader regional security architecture?

The focal point of the discussion was the presentation of the policy paper titled De-risking Russia: Pathways to Enhanced Resilience for Georgia. This paper, developed under the project “Mapping and Mitigating Georgia’s Resilience Risks,” aims to provide actionable insights for policymakers, drawing on a collaborative effort between field experts and civil society.

At the beginning of the event, the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Alexander Vinnikov addressed the audience.

The event was organized under the project “Mapping and mitigating Georgia’s Resilience Risks,” which was co-sponsored by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division in Georgia and the British Embassy in Tbilisi.

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