First American ambassador to Georgia joins board of Caucasian Journal (March 30)

First American ambassador to Georgia joins the board of Caucasian Journal (March 30)

 

Honorable Kent N. Brown, the first American ambassador to Georgia, became a member of advisory board of Caucasian Journal. Caucasian Journal (CJ) is a multilingual online project, launched earlier this year to assist in civil society development in South Caucasus.  Among the journal’s partners are ICC Georgia, the Aspen Institute Central Europe, and the Aspen Institute Romania. The Aspen Institute is a leading policy studies organization based in Washington and represented across the globe.

“I would be honored to be a member of your advisory board”, – Ambassador Brown told the Caucasian Journal. Currently Mr. Brown is vice president and advisor on government relations at JTI, and member of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). “Fascinating times, tough times”, – Ambassador Kent Brown said recalling his term as ambassador in Tbilisi in 1992-1995.

“The honor is all ours. We greatly appreciate Ambassador Brown’s support to our young project,” – commented Alexander Kaffka, founder of Caucasian Journal. – “CJ will cover subjects which matter to the society. They range from regional security including EU/NATO accession prospects to air pollution to road safety, and from the rule of law and protection of investor’s rights to free elections, – explained the publisher. – We attach high importance to the impact of publications, and to reaching out to wider audiences. This is why we plan to launch versions in Georgian, Azerbaijani, Armenian, to allow for better communication across our region’s borders, as well as internationally”.

Though CJ was launched last month, it has already published several important materials, including interviews with director of Aspen Institute Central Europe, and director of USAID Georgia. Peter Wiebler, USAID Mission Director, was answering CJ’s questions last week about the new multi-million grants program offered to Georgian organizations in 2019.

“We hope that the new Caucasus-wide publication will be useful for many businesses in Georgia and our neighboring countries, – said Ambassador Zurab Katchkatchishvili, Secretary General of ICC Georgia, – “They are welcome to use Caucasian Journal for promotion in the region, for interviews and other ways to raise their brand awareness. We also believe many companies will be interested in strengthening the civil society. Our partner Aspen Institute is known for longtime success in connecting big business and the civil society in many countries, and we hope our project will play a meaningful role for our region as well”.

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