Senior U.S. Officials speak at Georgian Defense and Security Conference in Tbilisi (May 25)

On May 24-25 in Tbili3 (1)si, a delegation of senior US government officials attended the 10th annual Georgian Defense and Security Conference in Tbilisi.  Hosted by the Georgian Ministry of Defense, the annual security conference attracts senior government officials, scholars, analysts, and journalists from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss regional security challenges and strategy.  The United S1tates delegation was led by Ambassador Ian Kelly.  Several US govern
ment officials spoke at the conference, including John Heffern, the U.S. Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Dr. Michael Carpenter, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for defense policy with Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, and Lt. General Ben Hodges, Commander of US Army Europe.  The U.S. officials have been holding bilateral meetings with Georgian officials on the sidelines of the conference.