David Bakradze, Georgian Ambassador to the United States; Former State Minister, European and Euro-Atlantic IntegrationGiorgi Tsikolia, Deputy Chief of MissionMariam Lashkhi, International Relations Director, Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA)Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley—Moderator Located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, Georgia is bordered to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, and to the south by Turkey and Armenia. Though formerly part of the former Soviet Union, it declared independence in 1991, and for more than 25 years, its government has been a representative democracy. In 2008, Georgia had a five-day military confrontation with Russia over two provinces supported by Russia, which ended in a cease-fire agreement. Today, Georgia seeks strong economic ties with Silicon Valley and the U.S. Come hear from Georgia’s government representatives about this unique country as well as their thoughts on Russia, the region and the future of the Euro-Atlantic Alliance. Location: 555 Post St., San FranciscoTime: 11 a.m. check-in, noon program All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.