Georgia’s Defence and Security Conference renewed working. 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. The partners of GDSC opened the second day of the international forum. The participants listened to the video address made by Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Dr. Hans-Gert Poettering. He focused on the existing challenges in the region and the reforms implemented in Georgia. “Georgia is an excellent example for successful Europeanization beyond formal borders of the EU. Georgia is contributing to our common security by closely participating in EU missions. Georgia is a leader country of the eastern neighborhood in terms of implementing deep institutional political and economic reforms. As a result, in few months Georgian citizens will benefit from countries’ approximation with the EU and will be able to travel in Schengen area without a visa. This will further strengthen already strong pro-European attitudes among Georgian citizens”, stated Dr. Hans-Gert Poettering. Senior Research Fellow, Military Influence, RUSI Ewan Lawson and Senior Officer for Foreign & Security Policy, GMF Brussels office Bruno Lété addressed the participants as well. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze made opening remarks as well. While delivering a speech he focused on global security challenges, security environment in the region, Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration and upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw. According to the Minister, membership in European and Euro-Atlantic institutions is a historical choice of the people of Georgia and a prerequisite of the country’s peaceful and sustainable development. “Our relations with the Alliance are solid and dynamic. We are successfully implementing Substantial NATO-Georgia Package adopted at 2014 Wales Summit. For Georgia, It is essential that the outcome of the Warsaw Summit is a clear-cut and evident step forward in the direction of membership which is our ultimate goal. In our view the Summit outcome should have two dimensions – one is political support of Georgia’s integration process and the second dimension is deepening of the practical cooperation” – Mikheil Janlidze stated. The Georgian Foreign Minister paid special attention to the issues of regional and global security. He spoke about the security challenges that disrupted the balance in the Black Sea region following the occupation of Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali in 2008 and illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. According to the Minister, the Black Sea and the South Caucasus have a tremendous importance for the energy security of Europe. “Peace and stability in the Black Sea region can generate numerous opportunities for successful cooperation. East-West energy corridor is one of such opportunities. Today, it is crystal clear that energy dependence could be a major challenge for the national security of many of the democratic states. The Black Sea and the South Caucasus have a tremendous importance for the energy security of Europe”,Mikheil Janelidze said.