The 10th annual Georgia Defence and Security Conference Opened The 10th annual Georgia Defence and Security Conference was officially opened at the Hotels & Preference Hualing Tbilisi. The conference was opened by the Minister of Defence of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli and the Executive Vice President of the US Atlantic Council Damon Wilson. Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili delivered a keynote speech. Defence Minister thanked the participants of an international forum, the partners of the conference and wished them successful working day. Damon Wilson introduced the agenda of the conference to the participants and talked about the global security challenges. „The United States Atlantic Council believes passionately in a democratic Georgia that is able to achieve its aspirations to join the transatlantic community and join its institutions NATO and European Union. And the fact was struck by the sustained commitment of the Georgian people and those actors across the world to this vision of Georgia. Over 25 years of independence Georgians have become remarkable and reliable partner in a turbulent region. The challenge for this conference and the challenge we face had we advance of Europe whole and free and that includes the idea of Georgia ensuring that strategy is credible,” he said. Executive Vice President of the US Atlantic Council also talked about the actions of Russia: “Russia is challenging post cold war security system, using force to change the borders, occupation; this is the political objectives that undermine the security system.” According to Damon Wilson the objective is not only to respond but to have a future strategy in this direction. The conference will spotlight four interactive themes. Day one will be dedicated to NATO, with the special view on the upcoming Warsaw summit. Discussions will focus on the main items on the Summit agenda. Day two will focus on three themes most relevant to contemporary security challenges: security in the wider Black Sea region as an indispensable part of the Euro-Atlantic security architecture; threats to the international order and its implications for small states; and unconventional dimensions of warfare. GDSC brought together decision-makers, thought leaders, and civil society representatives to exchange views through interactive and thought-provoking plenary sessions and breakout discussions designed to stimulate original and constructive insights about the greatest challenges facing the international order today. Each main topic will kick off with parallel sessions in which participants will be engaged in open discussions and present their arguments. Over the years, the Georgia Defense and Security Conference has proved itself to be a unique international forum in the South Caucasus region to address the issues pertaining to Euro-Atlantic Security and stability with participation of high-rank politicians, experts, NGOs, civil society, media and academic circles. The objectives of the conference include sharing of the best practice and enhancement of opportunities for cooperation in defence and security sphere. The partners of the conference are the Atlantic Council of the United States, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).