Georgian officials to share story of Russian invasion at public policy conference

Posted: Friday, 31 October 2008

FORT WALTON BEACH – The Republic of Georgia’s Deputy State Minister for Reintegration will be among four speakers from that country to deliver their insights into the recent Russian invasion of that country during a conference hosted by Troy University.

Minister David Rakviashvili will be joined by Maka Ioseliani, dean of the School of Government at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Ketevan Natriashvili, GIPA’s coordinator of Rural Development and Nestan Tsitsishvili, higher education coordinator for Rural Development.

The panel will speak at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 at TROY’s “Public Policy: Building Broad-Based Solutions to Complex Problems” conference at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa near Destin, Fla.

The conference will bring together academics and public-sector employees and government officials to look at topics ranging from the Georgian crisis to homeland security, criminal justice, healthcare, education and public safety issues.

“Clearly we are now faced with ample evidence of the importance of public policy as a matter that should be at the center or civic engagement and public debate,” said Dr. Terry Anderson, a TROY associate professor of public administration who is coordinating the conference. “With the election drawing near, we have all become sensitized to the importance of public policy in our daily lives and for the need for citizens to become involved in its formulation, implementation, and evaluation.”

Anderson, who is based at TROY’s Fort Walton Beach Campus, has been associated with the Georgian officials through work on a public administration textbook for the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, and said the Georgian officials are interested in attending the conference to network with public administrators in the U.S.

“They wanted to attend the conference as it has the potential for allowing them to interact with a host of individuals who have an interest in public policy and who could potentially assist Georgia in their development of a strategy for their future, especially in light of the recent events there regarding the Russian invasion,” she said.

Also speaking at the conference, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, will be TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., and on Monday, Nov. 3, Florida State Senator Don Gaetz, chairman of the Senate Education Committee and co-chair of the Joint Senate-House Committee for the Review of State Agencies and Departments, will deliver the keynote address at a conference luncheon.