Past event

Invitation Only

A Personal View: My Year with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme


Richard Lewington, Field Office, EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia (2011-12)


The European Union's engagement in the conflicts of the South Caucasus has often been criticized for being neither sufficiently visible nor consistent. The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia was established following the August 2008 war to help stabilize the situation on the ground. However the Mission's observation and reporting activities have faced several problems, including lack of access to Abkhazian and South Ossetian territory.

Richard Lewington will discuss the objectives, the achievements and the failures of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia and the challenges posed by state and non-state actors in the region.

Richard Lewington worked with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia from August 2011 - August 2012. He joined the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1967 and his postings included Mongolia, Peru, the Soviet Union, Israel and Yugoslavia. He served as British Ambassador to Kazakhstan (1999-2002) and to Ecuador (2002-06).

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.