Tedo Japaridze

Georgia should not gamble with the patience of its Allies

By | September 22nd, 2023|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Georgia will hold parliamentary elections in 2024. That is unfortunately aligned with the electoral cycle of US Presidential elections and campaigning in the EU-27 as we near the European Parliamentary elections. The Republican primaries’ debate in the US offers the first indication of a resurging neo-isolationism. As for Europe, polling suggests the far-right forces are gaining [...]

The Three Amigos and Dr. Doom can’t run Georgia’s foreign policy

By | July 13th, 2022|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

Democracy is about transparency, and it is essential every now and then to call a spade a spade and say in public what is being discussed in private. That is especially the case when national interests are at stake. When three Georgian Dream MPs (Honourable Khundadze, Subari, Kavelashvili), turned recently and instantly into independent legislators, bonded [...]

From Ambassador notes: Tedo Japaridze’s interview with Zuhdi Janbek, a Jordanian general with the Circassian origin

By | September 8th, 2021|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , |

Zuhdi Janbek is a prominent Jordanian statesman, politician and public figure. He held different high-level positions in the Jordanian hierarchy throughout his outstanding career, among them the post of the President of Circassian Charity Association in Jordan 2017 – 2020. Mr. Janbek is a prominent public security expert with 33 years of work. He used his [...]

In Memoriam of Donald Henry Rumsfeld

By | July 6th, 2021|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Donald Rumsfeld was an anchor and a rudder.   In the service of four Republican Presidents – Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and George W. Bush – Donald Rumsfeld was seen as a controversial figure to certain Americans because of his unapologetic, unyielding, and committed dedication to what each of these administrations defined as the America’s strategic agenda. [...]

Helmut Kohl was a great friend of Georgia

By | June 20th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

Helmut Kohl (wikiwand.com) Helmut Kohl, in hand with Edward Shevardnadze, Michael Gorbachev, and George H.W. Bush, convinced Europe to rise to the occasion and believe that history can progress, that unity and national sovereignty can go hand-in-hand, and that conflict is not inevitable when Germany is united. […]

Zbigniew Brzezinski will be missed

By | June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , |

Brzezinski at the Munich Security Conference, 2014. (www.securityconference.de) To anyone close enough to speak with him in first name terms, he was Zbig. A typical American habit of kerbingconsonant-rich names that echo history to sound short, familiar, and approachable. […]

Tbilisi and Brussels: tending to the democracy we have fired up

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ambassador Tedo Japaridze is a former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. Every time someone in Brussels criticizes the Georgian government, a chain reaction begins in Tbilisi.  With specs of truth, the opposition starts a fire designed to scorch the reputation of Georgia, while certain media will provide ventilation. It is not long before the whole […]

Remembering Bob Walsh: A man who brought big ideas to life in Georgia and around the world

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Bob Walsh The Memorial Service, remembering Bob Walsh, will be held on March 11 in Seattle… So today, indeed, is a sad, tough, rough day because Bob Walsh was my friend for 30 years. Maybe it was for even longer, it seemed that he was a part of my entire life. […]

Georgian PM appoints veteran diplomat as foreign affairs adviser

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has appointed veteran diplomat and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in Georgia’s Parliament Tedo Japaridze as foreign affairs advisor. Japaridze served as foreign minister in 2003 to 2004, […]

Georgian diplomats clash over proposed Russia-Abkhazia pact

By | October 15th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Tedo Japaridze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A proposed new comprehensive agreement between Russia and Abkhazia has triggered a quarrel between two veterans of the Georgian diplomacy who both belong to the ruling Georgian Dream coalition. The text of the draft proposes ‘a common space […]

From Europe to the Caucasus: hunting time, then and now

By | August 11th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Tedo Japaridze is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. There is indeed a civilizational cleavage between “Europe” and the South Caucasus. To encapsulate this cleavage in a single metaphor, one could say it is the difference between youth and age: the European sense of time seems youthful, with the certainty that […]

If NATO delays path to Georgia’s membership, what is the alternative?

By | July 30th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Tedo Japaridze is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. Alliance’s September summit must offer ‘concrete,’ not ‘token’ help as Georgia faces Russia In the same week that the European Union signed an association agreement with Georgia on June 27, NATO officials meeting in Brussels decided not to offer the country […]

A lost Georgian letter & Europe’s idealist deficit

By | May 30th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Tedo Japaridze is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. Recently, I made a discovery of the kind that spices up historians’ books. In my archive, I discovered a draft of a letter by Zviad Gamsakhurdia, the first Georgian President, directed to Secretary James Baker. The date was 1991. These were devastating but hopeful […]

Georgia without ambassador to the UK for more than a year

By | March 26th, 2014|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: , , , , |

Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has been without an ambassador to the UK for more than a year. In recent days, a candidate who is being considered for the post became a subject of dispute among politicians. During the process of so-called co-habitation between ex-president […]

Georgia appoints seven new ambassadors

By | December 11th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

President Giorgi Margvelashvili signed the appointments of seven new ambassadors. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has seven new ambassadors abroad, after President Giorgi Margvelashvili last week signed their appointment. The new ambassadors are the ones to Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Germany, Japan, China, Iran and Jordan. According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, […]

Washington and Tbilisi Are Still On The Same Side

By | June 20th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Tedo Japaridze is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. For eight years, long before the 2008 war, I served as Ambassador of Georgia to Washington. At the time, the main issue at hand was capacity-building: to think in terms of policies, allocating competencies and tasks, preparing the normative ground, pinpointing […]

NYT picks on an easy target

By | June 11th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Tedo Japaridze is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. On June 5th, the New York Times was running an article entitled “Taliban Attack Kills 7 Georgian Soldiers in Afghanistan.” Despite the title, the article said very little about the circumstances surrounding this tragic event; it focused mostly on an analysis […]

Foreign Policy or a Battle Cry?

By | June 10th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Tedo Japaridze is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. What happened in October? The October 2012 parliamentary election gave Georgia a chance for normal development. Needless to say, a government assuming power through violence cannot be democratic. Thus, defeating the National Movement through the ballot box instead of […]

Georgia’s democratic transition

By | March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Tedo Japaridze is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. I hoped to publish this in an American newspaper during Speaker Usupashvili”s visit to Washington DC, a very successful one, by the way! I wanted Americans to read that message about Georgia and the recent developments there. I did not succeed, but I want to share […]

What Constitutions are not about and what foreign policy is about

By | February 13th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Tedo Japaridze is chairman of parliament’s foreign affairs committee. Polemical reflections on the UNM’s proposal for the constitutionalization of Georgian Foreign Policy Constitutions are binding principles that are non-negotiable in the context of a polity. This is why principles enshrined in a Constitution set minimum benchmarks, […]

Ivanov and Japaridze meet for constructive talk

By | February 5th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Two veterans of Russian and Georgian politics met in Munich and discussed current problems between their two countries and ways of solving them. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 49th Munich Security Conference. Igor Ivanov, former […]

Neither Saakashvili nor Ivanishvili is what the West believes

By | October 22nd, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

For many in the West, Mikheil Saakashvili remains the poster child of the Rose Revolution, an uncompromising promoter of democracy and defender of his country against Russia, and the incoming Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is viewed as a shadowy and authoritarian […]

In Memoriam of Greg Guroff

By | September 1st, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

For those of us that retain their curiosity, willingness to fail and to learn, age is measured not in years but in lost friends. I lost a good friend – Greg Guroff. He died of an incurable disease but he fought strong for his life as he did in energetic and rich life – as a diplomat, […]

Is Georgia still on your mind, America?

By | August 7th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

A Letter from Washington DC by Tedo Japaridze, former Georgian foreign minister, political advisor to Bidzina IvanishviliI shall wrap up my blitz visit to Washington DC by tomorrow, a place where I spent more than 8 years as Georgia’s Ambassador to the United […]

Rejoice Gods of Georgian Democracy!

By | July 18th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Prometheus is in the Cave! by Tedo Japaridze, former foreign minister of Georgia and political advisor to Bidzina Ivanishvili.Last year, the government of Georgia held a session of the cabinet in a grotto named after the mythical martyr of humanity, Prometheus, […]

The Glorious Lies – Where’s that “Georgia”, Mr. President?

By | May 25th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

The recently delivered speech by Michael Saakasvilli in Princeton University was a wholesome educational experience for every graduate in communication studies, writes Tedo Japaridze, former Foreign Minister of Georgia and an advisor to Bidzina Ivanishvili. Those who […]

The Subtle Art of Realpolitik

By | March 12th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Guido Westerwelle, a German Foreign Minister, a distinguished and energetic German politician, will soon be visiting Georgia. A visit by the German Foreign Minister in any corner of Europe these days is a significant event, writes former Georgian foreign minister, Ted […]

What are Georgia’s chances of NATO membership?

By | January 31st, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

A number of articles and statements have been boosting our hopes that NATO membership is within Georgia’s grasp. There are several arguments made to this effect, some more serious than others, writes Tedo Djapharidze, Georgia's former ambassador to the United States. This rhetoric surely reflects a commitment to this objective, which no one disputes; [...]