U.S. Policy on the Georgia Conflicts

Two and a half years after the Russia-Georgia war, Georgia remains the locus of three unresolved, interrelated conflicts: two secessionist and one inter-state.

This event will mark the release of a Center for American Progress report titled "A More Proactive U.S. Approach to the Georgia Conflicts."

The report’s authors, Samuel Charap and Cory Welt, will present the main findings. Two leading experts on the region will then respond. Damon Wilson, executive vice president at the Atlantic Council, worked on Georgia in a variety of capacities during his distinguished government career, including as special assistant to the president, and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council from December 2007 to January 2009. Professor Alexander Cooley of Columbia University has published extensively on post-Soviet Eurasia and U.S. policy toward the region, including "After the August War: A New Strategy for U.S. Engagement with Georgia" (co-authored with Lincoln Mitchell) released by the Harriman Institute last year.

Presentation by:

Samuel Charap, Associate Director for Russia and Eurasia, Center for American Progress
Cory Welt, Associate Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.


Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, Atlantic Council
Alexander Cooley, Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

Coffee will be provided at 9:30 a.m.