Deinstitutionalisation of Children in Georgia

As I’ve already mentioned on this blog, in November last year I again ventured out with EveryChild, a British children’s charity with a country office in Georgia, to document the process of deinstitutionalisation in the country. The field trips also included returning to Kutaisi, which I had visited in 2007 for the Newport-Kutaisi Twinning Association and EveryChild.

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Euromaidan Solidarity Vigil in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia

Last night saw a Euromaidan solidarity vigil held in front of the Embassy of Ukraine in Tbilisi, Georgia. It follows a similar event held outside the former parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue the day before. Candles were lit and posters of three killed in clashes between Euromaidan protestors and riot police in Kiev featured prominently.

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UK Advanced Command and Staff Course in Georgia

My first presentation of 2014 and as with the year just gone it was to be for an audience as unexpected as my first presentation then. In February 2013 it was to be at an intergovernmental seminar for the U.S. Government’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) and Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). This year it was to be for 50 students from the U.K. military’s tri-service Advanced Command and Staff Course.

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Alaverdi Monastery, Georgia

My last post reminds me that I haven’t even done the tourist thing in Georgia. Even though I’ve been visiting the country since 1999, and while I’ve traveled around various parts of the country, it’s always been on work. From time to time, however, that will mean I’ll chance upon a cultural site. The Alaverdi Monastery, for example.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

I don’t usually do the tourist thing when traveling for work, but there was no way I couldn’t on my first visit to the Arab world in February last year. I didn’t have much time to spare during my stay in Abu Dhabi to speak at an intergovernmental seminar on counterterrorism and combatting violent extremism online, but I did have a few hours after the conference ended and having to leave for the airport. A visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque close by seemed the most obvious choice and I wasn’t disappointed. Quite magnificent.

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