NATO Liaison Officer for South Caucasus Region
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NATO Liaison Officer for South Caucasus Region
Officially established 2010.
Represent NATO in Georgia
Facilitate political/military dialogue and
practical cooperation under the NATO-Georgia
Commission in support of Georgia’s efforts to
Enhance civil and military cooperation
between NATO and the Government of Georgia
in support Euro-Atlantic integration goals
described in the Annual National Plan (ANP)
Provide advice and assistance to the Government of
Georgia in support of civilian and military reform
efforts required for NATO integration.
Provide advice to Georgian and NATO authorities on
the planning and implementation of cooperation
programs and activities
Conduct liaison with Georgian, NATO,Allied, and
PartnerAuthorities to enhance cooperation and
understanding in pursuit of the NATO/Georgia goal of
Georgia becoming a full NATO member.
Facilitate NATO and Allied bilateral and multilateral
projects, events and visits.
Strengthen Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration
Assist Georgia in planning and implementing
the civilian and military reform goals defined in
the Annual National Program (ANP)
Advise and assist Georgia’s reform of the
armed forces in the framework of the PfP
Planning and Review Process
Support the planning and implementation of
military reforms defined in the Georgia annual
Work Plan developed by Georgia and the
Enhance NATO-Georgia political and
Engage Georgian leadership at the senior
Engage and inform Georgian society
through intensified public diplomacy
outreach to increase public awareness of
NATO and NATO-Georgia Relations.
Support transformation and democratic
oversight of the defense and security sector:
Engage parliament and the executive
regarding the armed forces;
Engage Nongovernmental organizations
interested in defense and security oversight
in order to strengthen the role of civil society
in national security and defense issues
In October 2010, the NATO/PfPTrust Fund project was
established to help Georgia to safely dispose of explosive
remnants of war, (ERW) resulting from the August 2008 conflict
with Russia.The project is providing training and equipment to an
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) company, as well as providing
equipment for the medical rehabilitation centre at the Military
Hospital in Gori for treating ERW wounded military and civilian
personnel.The Lead Nations of the project are the Czech Republic,
Estonia and Lithuania.
In 2009, NATO and Georgia launched the Professional
Development Programme with the objective of enhancing the
professional skills of civilian officials to strengthen the capacity for
effective democratic management and oversight in defence and
security institutions.Training and education provided in the
framework of this programme is closely aligned to Georgia’s
defence and security sector reform objectives outlined in the ANP.
In November 2012, there was established new
position at NLO – Military Liaison Officer. But this
position was and is for only Georgia. German colonel
Maximilian Eder was appointed to Military Liasion
That time the head of NLO for GeorgiaWilliam Lahue
"The tenure of a permanent military representative in
Georgia demonstrates NATO's support towards
Georgia.This contributes to the deepening of our
Officially established in 2007.
- Represent NATO in Azerbaijan and Armenia
- Facilitate political/military dialogue and
- Provide advice and assistance to the
Government of Azerbaijan and Armenia in
support of civilian and military reform
- Provide advice to Azerbaijanian and Armenian
authorities on the planning and implementation
of cooperation programs and activities
He has twenty-five years of success in
demanding leadership and management
positions in private business and the U.S.
military. Broad experience planning,
organizing and managing business and
government projects internationally as
business consultant, entrepreneur, and
as a U.S.Army Officer.
Over 15 years of international work
experience in Germany, Japan,Tajikistan,
Kazakhstan,Uzbekistan and Korea.
Experienced in business development,
government liaison and client relations.
Retired from the U.S.Army in 2004 as a
Lieutenant Colonel with particular
expertise on U.S. international security
programs providing equipment and
training. Fluent Russian speaker.
He is Head of NATO Liaison Office Georgia and
also NATO Liaison Officer for South Caucasus
Region from October 2011 – Present (1 year 5
Indiana University Bloomington
MA, Russian Area Studies
1995 – 1996
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
BA, Soviet Studies
1979 – 1983
- Common issues:
- 1.What is the NATO’s main goals related with
South Caucasus region? Before 2008 Georgian
candidacy for NATO membership was serious,
but now it is disputable.What is and will be main
influence tool of NATO against Russia?
- 2. Does NATO have any exact strategy for South
Caucasus and Middle Asia?What is the main
approach to provide these regions with stability?
- 3. NATO’s role in solving the conflicts in this
- 1. Military Reforms in 3 South Caucasus
- 2. PFP, IPAP and different documents.
Comparison of implementation.
- 3. Defence budget and transparency. How NATO
can help South Caucasus republics to be
accountable in front of the society?
- 4. Democratic control on the Armed Forces.
What is the NATO’s main criterion in this field?
- 5.The role media and NGO’s in military reform.
What is the NATO’s approach in this field?
- Political and democratization process in
region. Elections, human rights, freedom of
- Economical problems, corruption….
- NATO’s approach.
- 3.The stabilization process in Afghanistan
and Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijanian
perspective role in this process.
- 4. Energy security and NATO’s future role.
- 5. Iran’s nuclear activity and South Caucasus