Atlantic Council of Georgia (ACG) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that was founded in 1996 and has been since carrying out its activities independently. It is an umbrella organization that brings together Georgian NGOs and experts supporting Georgia’s full integration into European and Euro-Atlantic space to work for transformation of the country into a state based on the ‘rule of law’, as well as to facilitate the protection of human rights, rapid development of democratic institutions and civil society.
The Council embraces the wider concept of security. The topics it focuses on vary from hard security issues to economic security, good governance and democratic control. ACG firmly believes that institutionalization of democratic checks and balances in governance, constant and active engagement of civil society in public policy making process and proper civic control over its implementation are critical to national security.
The work of the Atlantic Council of Georgia is supervised by the Governing Board, which comprises of 11 members. Organisation’s daily activities are planned and implemented under the leadership of the Governing Board Chairman and the Executive Director of the Council and the Chairman, which are supported by several permanent staff members.
ACG is an associate member of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) and has its youth wing – YATA Georgia.
Board members of Atlantic Council of Georgia:
Vasil Sikharulidze – Chairman/ Member
Giorgi Muchaidze – Executive Director/ Member
Davit Darchiashvili – Member
Temur Iakobashvili – Member
Shorena Lortkipanidze – Member
Nikoloz Melikadze – Member
Irakli Menagarishvili – Member
Erekle Mchedlishvili – Member
Archil Osidze – Member
Levan Ramishvili – Member
Alexander Rondeli – Member
Vasil Chkoidze – Member
In order to meet its goals, Atlantic Council of Georgia:
- Conducts educational activities, organizes conferences, seminars and other events. Establishes the ties worldwide with the institutions sharing its objectives;
- Initiates programs and competitions, as well as participates in the ones conducted by international organizations;
- Cooperates with the governmental agencies and other public organizations in information gathering and sharing;
- Conducts publishing activities, including founding the publishing house, journals and newspapers, as well as organizes presentations and other relevant events. Prepares and disseminates relevant scientific and popular literature, informational leaflets and bulletins.