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Tedo Japaridze

Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Georgia, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Tedo Japaridze is a former member of the Georgian Parliament and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee (2012-2016). In December 2016, he was appointed Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Georgia.

His career as a public servant working in various Georgian Governmental agencies has spanned nearly three decades; starting with the position of First Deputy Chair of the UNESCO Affairs Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in 1989. He then served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the USA, Canada and Mexico between 1994 and 2002 before becoming Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2003 and 2004. He was a member of the Georgian Dream party from 2012 to 2016.

Ambassador Japaridze was the Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar in Washington between 2006 and 2007 and has since held various posts, among others as the President of the Energy Security Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan and the Secretary General to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organisation in Istanbul, Turkey. He regularly contributes articles to journals, the most recent ones including Tbilisi’s Relevance to Washington: What Is, Where Is, and What can beGas Security in the Transitional European Market and Independence, Democracy and the Russian Taboo.

 

Content by Tedo Japaridze

Commentary

Georgia and NATO: Perpetual Threshold

Tedo Japaridze argues that whilst an agreement of a NATO Membership Action Plan is unlikely for Georgia, NATO-Georgian cooperation remains important for national and regional security.

11 May 2016 | Tedo Japaridze
Euro-Atlantic Security
Commentary

Georgia Needs an Incremental Euroatlantic Strategy

Tedo Japaridze argues that despite the modest outcome of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, there is still a need for Georgia to continue with its reforms. Only by continuing with westernisation can Georgia ever hope to be accepted as a European state.

3 June 2015 | Tedo Japaridze
Euro-Atlantic Security