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Tinatin Khidasheli

Head of Civic – IDEA

Tinatin Khidasheli heads a Georgian think-thank Civic – IDEA, fighting Soviet legacy in Georgia, confronting Russian propaganda, and advocating for sound defence and security policy for Georgia. Having authored the first Georgian-language book on hybrid warfare, Ms Khidasheli teaches a respective course at the Caucasus University, as well as an anti-corruption class at the Georgian Institute of Public Administration and Ilia University. Ms Khidasheli has served as the first female Minister of Defence of Georgia. She chaired Parliamentary Committee for European Integration, as well as Inquiry Commission into Violations of Freedom of Speech and Telecommunication laws. Ms Khidasheli was an elected member of the Tbilisi City Council. She was the founder and chair of the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association. Ms Khidasheli holds LLM in international law from Tbilisi State University and MA in political science from Central European University in Hungary.
Updated: May 4, 2015