The Primakov Russian-Georgian/Georgian-Russian Public Center was founded in July of 2013 with the support of the Gorchakov Fund and the Institute of International Relations (Tbilisi).
The need to establish the public center emerged as a result of the deficit, which had developed in all areas of Russian-Georgian relations. A long-term crisis demonstrated the necessity of launching a dialogue between the societies of both countries in order to identify existing problems, start searching for ways to resolve them using a joint effort and strengthen the relations in the future.
The Georgian-Russian Public Center and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund have implemented several interesting projects in that area.
Today the public center provides a working platform, which gives an opportunity to learn Russian, participate in meetings between Russian and Georgian experts and representatives of the society, take part in discussions of important problems existing in the relations between the two countries and the regions, and receive all necessary fist-hand information.
The Georgian-Russian Public Center also cooperates with higher educational institutions in Tbilisi and promotes engagement of students in important international projects involving both countries.
The Georgian-Russian Public Center is headed by Dmitry Lortkipanidze, a PhD student at Tbilisi Technical University, a politician and a lawyer, member of the Georgian Parliament of the 7th convocation, Chairman of the party “Unity for Justice” and Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Human Rights and Civic Integration (2008-2012). In 2012 he was nominated for the position of the Public Defender of Georgia.
About the partner
Non-governmental organization “Institute of International Relations” was founded in February of 2013. The goal of the Institute is to provide support to development of the civil society in Georgia, promote public diplomacy and engage the youth in political and social processes, expansion of cultural ties with neigbouring countries and elections monitoring.
The highest governing body of the institute is the Founders’ Meeting. In July of 2013 the Institute of International Relations in partnership with the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund founded the Russian-Georgian/Georgian-Russian Public Center in Tbilisi.