For the History of Creation of National Security Concept of Georgia

The International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN) in response to the ongoing processes provides with its archive and other available materials on the history of creation of National Security Concept of Georgia. We would like to express our gratitude and thank you in advance for sending us any additional information.

In the 90s of the last century, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Georgia was faced with the problem of defining its foreign political interest and national security priorities. Like any new sovereign state, Georgia passed through political and economic transformation and the process of developing a new approach to its state interests and national security priorities. These matters are always extremely important to states which gained independence. Development of scientifically substantiated and comprehensive national security concept is vitally important in forming internal and foreign policies. That time in the 90s the process of creation of the National Security Concept of Georgia has been lonched.

A Chronology of Available Materials:

2011 - The National Security Concept of Georgia; The Parliament of Georgia;

https://mod.gov.ge/uploads/2018/pdf/NSC-ENG.pdf NSC, 2011

http://mfa.gov.ge/MainNav/ForeignPolicy/NationalSecurityConcept.aspx?lang=en-US

2007 - "Georgia's Big Strategy"; A. Barnovi, Institute of Strategy and Development; (in Georgian)

2005 - The National Security Concept of Georgia; The Parliament of Georgia;

2005 - International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) concluded its work and presented a final report. It lays out the progress achieved during the reform process. The publication of the Final Report by ISAB was supported by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Georgia Office (FES). (The document was kindly provided by Ms. Ia Tikanadze, Country Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Georgia Office, March, 2019).

The Report of the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB).

2000 - Georgia and the World: A Vision and Strategy for the Future, by the Government of Georgia. The document officially sets three important elements of the national security policy: foreign policy, foreign economic and defense strategies. The document was presented at the International Conference by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Irakli Menagarishvili. The conference was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel accordingly on 5-6 October, 2000. (The document was kindly provided by Mr. Irakli Menagarishvili, February, 2019).

Georgia and the World: A Vision and Strategy for the Future (English).

The International Conference Materials: The Programme, List of Participants, Address of the President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze to the Conference, The Speech of Mr. Irakli Menagarishvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

1998 - International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) started to operate in Georgia. ISAB’s main objective was to provide Georgian government with high level independent advice on the reform and modernization of the security sector of Georgia, through the National Security Council.

1997 - The National Security Concept of Georgia, Project;

In 1997 according to the decision of the President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze the process of elaboration of the National Security Concept (NSC) was launched. The Governmental Commission was created accordingly and lead by Irakli Menagarishvili, then Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. The consulting services for elaboration of the NSC were provided by the Strategic Research Centre (SRC) under Dr. Niko Melikadze, Director. The structure of the NSC was worked out. For the first time the draft Concept reflected the non-military aspects of the national security such as: ecological security, healthcare and a state security, informational security, energy security, public management and national security, educational system and a state security, etc. The special focus was made on the security issues of a small states. It has to be underlined that all concepts developed in further years are using the similar approaches. The issue of developing relations with the European and Euro-Atlantic Structures was firstever reflected in the Concept as well. Later on the decision was made not to consider this issue because it was untimely. (This information was kindly provided by Professor Natela Sakhokia, Strategic Research Centre (SRC), January 2019).

  • In January 1998 the International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN) translated the Draft Document of the The National Security Concept of Georgia, developed by the Strategic Research Centre (SRC), into English and Russian languages. The basic provisions of the version of security conception and the interview with Professor Niko Melikadze, the Director of the SRC, was published in ICCN's Bulletin: "Conflicts and Negotiations" (C&N) #1-2 (18-19), 1998 (Editor G. Khutsishvili).

1997 - The National Security Concept of Georgia; Georgian State Department for the Protection of State Borders; Major-General Valeri Chkheidze, Head of the Georgian State Border Protection Department. In July of 1994 the Border Defence Main Office separated from MOD as an Independent Department and in March of 1996 received the status of the State Border Defence Department of Georgia; In 1998 law on "The State Border of Georgia" was adopted;

  • In January 1997 the International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN) translated the Draft Document of the The National Security Concept of Georgia, developed by the Georgian State Department for the Protection of State Borders, into English and Russian languages. The basic provisions of the version of security conception and the interview with Major-General Valeri Chkheidze, Head of the Georgian State Border Protection Department, was published in ICCN's Bulletin: "Conflicts and Negotiations" (C&N) #5(17), 1997; (Editor G. Khutsishvili).

1996 - "Developing a Regional Security Concept of the Caucasus", Scenarios of Regional and National Security; Ed., G.Khutsishvili, International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN).

1996 - "Development of the National Security Concept of Georgia" Draft Document (I and II Versions); Ed., G.Nodia, Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development.

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