Levan Mikeladze Foundation for the Caucasus Studies
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS
invite you to participate in the conference
Thursday, May 12, 2016
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 20036
1:00 – 1:15
Registration / Check-in
1:15 – 1:30
Welcome: Mamuka Tsereteli, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Tina Mikeladze, Levan Mikeladze Foundation for Caucasus Studies
1:30 – 3:00
Georgia and Strategic Environment in the Black Sea-Caspian Region
Moderator: S. Enders Wimbush, Founder, Stratevarious/Member of the Advisory Board, LMF
Discussants: Kurt Volker, McCain Institute, Former US Ambassador to NATO
James MacDougall, Professor, National War College
Amb. William Courtney, Former US Ambassador to Georgia
Amb. Archil Gegeshidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the US
Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Job Henning, Fellow, Truman National Security Project
Glen Howard, President, Jamestown Foundation
Brenda Shaffer, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
3:00 – 3:45
Remarks: Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
David Bakradze, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations, Georgia
3:45 – 4:00 Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:30
Internal Factors of Security in Georgia: Conflicts, Economy, Democracy
Moderator: Elizabeth Kvitashvili, President, Georgian Association in the USA
Discussants: Stephen Nix, Director for Eurasia, IRI
Melissa Muscio, Senior Manager, Caucasus and Central Asia, NDI
Jeffrey Mankoff, Senior Fellow, CSIS
George Khelashvili, DCM, Embassy of Georgia
Danica Starks, Policy Team Director for Eurasia, Dept. of Commerce
Kenneth Angell, Managing Director, SMEF, OPIC
Eftychis Gregos-Mourginakis, Executive Director, America-Georgia Business Council
Miriam Lanskoy, Senior Director for Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy
David Soumbadze, Director, Rumsfeld Fellowship Program, CACI/LMF
5:30 - 5:45
Closing Remarks: S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
5:45 – 7:00
Closing Reception, sponsored by Georgian Association in the USA
Georgian Association Annual Award Ceremony with Co-chairs of the Georgia Caucus in the House of Representatives: Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas, Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia
TRANSIT FORUM with the Embassies of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey
Thursday, 28 April, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Central Asia, Caspian, South Caucasus and Black Sea regions together form a strategically important transit corridor between China and Europe. Connecting trade, people and economies, the modern trans-Caspian trade and transit routes from China to Europe, envisages an extensive and integrated network of infrastructure, special economic zones, harmonized customs, and cross-border procedures along this route.
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey combined represent a market of more than 110 million consumers. These countries are able to offer customized and integrated solutions to companies with highly sophisticated supply chains.
On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Embassies of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey to the U.S.A., are organizing the “Trans-Caspian East-West Trade and Transit Corridor” Forum in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the World Bank Group, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Council for International Understanding, Boeing Company, U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Azerbaijan, America-Georgia Business Council, U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association, AmCham Kazakhstan, AmCham Georgia, and Turkish-American Business Association/AmCham Turkey.
This special all-day forum, hosted by the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, will introduce projects and investments along the modern Silk Road to U.S. business leaders across a variety of multinational industries.
Speakers at this special forum include: Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan; Ambassador Archil Gegeshidze, Georgia; Ambassador Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan; Ambassador Serdar Kılıç, Turkey; Mr. Gary Litman, VP, US Chamber of Commerce; S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, JHU-SAIS; Dr. Taleh Ziyadov, Director-General, Baku International Sea and Trade Port; Mr. Rauf Valiyev, Chairman, Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping; Mr. Mamuka Bakhtadze, CEO, Georgian Railways; Ms. Ketevan Salukvadze, Head of Transport Policy Dept., Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development; Mr. Askar Mamin, President, Kazakhstan Railways; Mr. Sanzhar Yelubayev, President of KTZ Express; Mr. Osman Nuri Beyhan, Deputy Director General for EU and International Affairs, Ministry of Customs and Trade; and others TBA.
Schedule, Thursday, 28 April 2016:
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Welcome by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, the US
Dept of State, Ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, and Turkey, and representatives from the US
Chamber of Commerce
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Panel #1: "Trans-South Caucasus Customs and Trade
Facilitation: What Needs to Be Done?"
Moderator: S. Frederick Starr
11:00 - 11:25 a.m. Q & A
11:25 - 11:40 a.m. Break (refreshments)
11:40 - 12:40 p.m. Panel #2: "'From Sea to Sea' Integrated Regional Transit
and Logistics Infrastructure."
12:40 - 1:00 p.m. Q & A
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch served in the auditorium
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Panel #3 "Commercial and Investment Opportunities:
Financing, Logistics, and Supply Chain."
Moderator: Jorg Frieden, Executive Director, The World
3:00 - 3:25 p.m. Q & A
3:25 - 4:00 p.m. Closing remarks
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.
(reception at 5 p.m. with Georgian wine, followed by the main program at 5:30)
Russia's seizure of Crimea and Russia's ongoing military campaign in Syria have transformed the strategic landscape from the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea region to the Caspian area. Grave tensions between Russia and Turkey were mounting even before Putin and Erdogan launched into a florid and vituperative war of words, which continues unabated.
Our speakers will delve into the many levels of this confrontation, offer important perspectives on how it is affecting security and economic life in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and suggest where it all might lead.
A video recording of this event can be viewed on the SAIS Events channel on Youtube.
Eric Edelman, Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, SAIS
Avinoam Idan, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program
Vladislav Inozemtsev, Director and Founder, Center for Post-Industrial Studies, Moscow
Olga Oliker, Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS
Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute, and former US Ambassador to NATO
Moderator: Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Rome Building Auditorium
SAIS - Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036