From June 20-21, senior U.S. government officials are visiting Georgia to participate in the annual meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission (SPC) Democracy Working Group. The goal of the meeting is to review progress on goals set at the Working Group’s previous deliberations held in Washington in November, 2015.
The U.S. Co-Chairs of the Working Group meeting are Bridget Brink, the Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and Thomas Melia, the Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). They will be joined at the Working Group meeting by U.S. Department of State’s Robert Berschinski, the Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and Alina Romanowski, the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia. Other U.S. government representation will be present as well.
The SPC serves as the primary strategic bilateral dialogue to deepen cooperation between the United States and Georgia and to advance our shared goal of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. The Commission focuses on advancing bilateral cooperation in the areas of democracy; defense and security; economics, trade, and energy; and people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
While in Georgia, the U.S. government officials will also hold separate meetings with various partners to discuss U.S. government assistance in the areas of democracy and governance.