International Course "South Caucasus in Wider Black Sea Regional Security Context" was successfully completed

On December 13, 2021 an international course "South Caucasus in Wider Black Sea Regional Security Context" successfully was completed at the Defense Institution Building School.

During this course were discussed security issues in the South Caucasus and Wider Black Sea region, such as regional power balances, conflicts, the role and importance of domestic and external actors in geopolitics, NATO and EU strategic goals, hybrid threats, energy and economic security. Issues concerning the countries' identities, cultures, and religions.

The Defense Institution Building School is delivering this course to an international audience for the second time. In 2021, the course includes a range of invited international experts, including speakers from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Clingendael - the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, in contrast to previous years.

DIB School received special assistance in developing the course from the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Georgia, Dr. Bob Hamilton, US Advisor to Georgia's Minister of Defense, and representatives of the NATO-Georgia Essential Package core group.

The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Georgia, Dr. Bob Hamilton, US Advisor to Georgia's Minister of Defense, and representatives from the NATO-Georgia Essential Package core group collectively supported DIB School develop the course.

The training was led by leading Georgian and foreign professionals in this field, as well as representatives from the diplomatic corps.

Participants in this course included representatives from Georgia, France, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, and Bulgaria's defense and security sectors.

The international course was delivered in accordance with Chatham House rules.