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Akhaltsikhe International Security Seminar 2008
September 22-26, 2008
Akhaltsikhe, Georgia



Concept of the Seminar:

Akhaltsikhe International Security Seminar (AISS) is a 5-day long intensive seminar for youngsters from Latvia and
Georgia on security related issues held during September 22-26, 2008 in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. The seminar is
organised by Latvian Transatlantic organisation (LATO) and new Generation-new Initiative (nGnI) in partnership with
Information Centre on NATO and with the support of Latvian Ministry of Defence and Georgian Ministry of Defence.
AISS is going to be an annual event, each year focusing on a different topical regional security policy issue. For the
year 2008 the topic focuses on the frozen conflicts in Georgia, which are often being pointed out as the main reason
why NATO member countries are being sceptical about Georgia joining the Alliance and even as the only reason why
Georgia did not receive MAP at the Bucharest summit. Latvian and Georgian youngsters will have the opportunity to
discuss this issue together with well known International, Latvian and Georgian experts and subsequently apply the
acquired knowledge in practice by participating in a simulation game the aim of which is to work out possible scenarios
of the conflict resolution. In the framework of the seminar participants will also participate in a study trip to one of the
conflict zones, visit the military base of Georgian National Armed Forces in Gori, and enjoy an interesting social
programme.


Place of the Seminar:


Akhaltsikhe city is the centre of Samtskhe‐Javakheti region, located in the South‐ West Georgia. Akhaltsikhe was chosen as the location for the AISS due to the existing ink between the NATO Corner in Akhaltsikhe Institute (opened by nGnI in 2007 as part of NATO information campaign) and LATO and Latvian Ministry of Defence (MOD). In March 2008 LATO and Latvian MOD were invited by nGnI to become patrons of the NATO Corner in Akhaltsikhe due to Latvia's involvement in creation and publishing of the book “NATO and Georgia's Security” for Georgian secondary schools. Patronage of this NATO Corner does not only mean cooperation with this particular resource centre but also carries a more symbolic meaning – link between Latvia and Georgia, cooperation on NATO information campaigns, work with defense and security policy questions, facilitating
projects and activities in Akhaltsikhe region in particular. AISS is the next step in developing the link between Latvia
and Akhaltsikhe.



Organisers:


Latvian Transatlantic organization (LATO) is a non-governmental organisation established on March 2000, which
promotes Latvia’s full and active membership in NATO and works for international security and democracy in NATO
and European Union (EU) neighbourhood region. After Latvia achieved its main foreign policy goals of joining EU and
NATO in 2004, LATO continues its work providing information on international defense and security issues and
questions related to Latvia’s full-fledged participation in NATO. LATO has also become an active partner promoting
democratic values and strengthening civil society in the neighbourhood region, including Belarus, Russia, Ukraine,
Georgia and Moldova. Scope of LATO activities is both: local and international. Conferences, seminars, summer
schools and work with partner organisations and mass media are the central activities for reaching objectives.
new Geneartion – new Initiative (nGnI) is a non-governmental organization whose main priorities are: support
Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration, support of election democratization process, and support of youth active
involvement in civil society. nGnI was established in 2003. Working on these three directions nGnI has implemented
number of projects. such as: election observation missions, voter education campaigns, Parallel Vote
Tabulation,Parallel Turnout Tabulation, information and educational campaigns on NATO and elections, trainings and
seminars for youth. It also published different materials – maps, brochures, comic book on NATO for pupils,
handbooks and other publications for different parts of society including ethnic minorities and etc.
The Information Center on NATO was established in 2005 under the administrative control of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. From February 27, 2007 the Information Center on NATO is under the administrative control of the
Ministry of Defense. Nonetheless, the Center carries out its activities independently. On June 4, 2007 the Center
celebrated the opening of its new office. The Center has its branches in Kakheti, Adjara, Imereti and Upper Abkhazia.
The Information Center on NATO is implementing projects which aim to spread information about NATO and NATOGeorgia
relations. The Center coordinates among NGOs, society and all the government structures in which NATOoriented
reforms are being implemented. The Center also works with Diplomatic Corps in Tbilisi. Communication
with the citizens is the main priority of the Center. In this regard, many actions and events were arranged. Street
actions and meetings with people were held all over the regions of Georgia.The Center has organized events for society:
displaying documentary films about NATO, seminars, conferences, logos on the public buses, public advertisements
and concerts.


Financial matters:


All seminars costs for participants – transportation, accommodation, meals and social programme during the
seminar days – are fully covered by the organizers.


Participants’ profile:

12 Latvians and 12 Georgians aged 20-30 who represent different regions and ethnic backgrounds from both
countries will be selected to take part in AISS.

Preference is given to students who study social sciences and international relations and to those who are
actively involved in the NGO sector. Participants can also be young people who have recently obtained their degree and are now working in governmental, mass media, academic or NGO sectors. Participants should be fluent in English and with good knowledge of Russian.


Selection procedure:


Selection of the participants of the AISS will be based on two selection rounds.
First round
Application must include the application form, detailed CV and an essay (max 3000 words) on the topic of
the seminar – “Georgian integration into NATO and the role of conflict regions”. The essay must reflect
applicant's own writing and original thinking with academic listing to any reference sources used. Application
should be sent to

nGnI Project Manager

Ms. Tamuna Kekenadze on

ngni@ngni.net .


Incomplete applications will not be accepted for selection. The deadline for the application submission is 18:00 on July 5, 2008. The 25 chosen candidates will be informed about the second selection round by e-mail on July 12, 2008.
Second round 25 chosen candidates will be invited for a one day pre-selection discussion seminar to be held in Tbilisi in the
mid-July. The seminar will be devoted to the seminar topic. 12 actual participants for the AISS will be selected from the 25 candidates according to their communication and argumentation skills as well as knowledge of the topic.



nGnI Project Manager

Ms. Tamuna Kekenadze on

ngni@ngni.net .

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