Zviad Adzinbaia, 2018, Georgia

An Inside Look at Two Fletcher Courses: I would like to highlight two of my four outstanding classes: National Security Decision Making by Professor Michele Malvesti and Role of Force in International Politics by Professor Richard Shultz. I find these classes extremely helpful in better understanding international security architecture within its multidimensional context. In addition, studying processes of decision as well as policy making are inseparable parts of our academic work. Study groups, class discussions, interactions with experienced professors, a myriad of outstanding networking events, and guest speakers make these two courses really distinguished among other admirable ones. We recently had Mr. Derek Chollet, former Assistant Secretary of Defense, speak about the "Syria Red Line." Personally meeting with the senior statesman after reading his newly-published book on the same topic of Syria, helped me have much deeper insight into such a pressing worldwide issue.

Fletcher’s Role in International Affairs: A couple of weeks ago, Dean Admiral James Stavridis entered our Role of Force classroom while we were discussing international security within its broad economic context. He approached us slowly, sipped his coffee and said, "I am going to meet the U.S. President very soon to discuss some high level security problems." Shortly after that, we saw Dean Stavridis meet top-level decision makers, along with the U.S. President at the White House. A few weeks later at Fletcher, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a ministerial meeting with his counterparts from the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy to discuss a broad range of global issues. That day I felt how much power my school has in world affairs.

Favorite food

Spaghetti Carbonara; Gebjalia (traditional Georgian)

Favorite musician or band

Frank Sinatra, Katie Melua

Most memorable international experience

Georgian Youth Representative, Global Youth Summit, UN HQ, New York (2012)

Best place to study

“Harry Potter” reading room

Favorite lecture attended

Michael Dobbs, Workshop on Political Leadership

Fields of Study

International Security Studies

Euro-Atlantic Relations (self-designed)

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Diplomacy Club

Fletcher Euro Club

The Eurasia Club

Harvard Law & International Development Society

Culinary Diplomacy

Education before Fletcher

BA, Political Science, Sokhumi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Experience before Fletcher

Assistant to Project Manager, Open Society Georgia Foundation, Tbilisi, Georgia

Analyst/Journalist, Georgia Today, Tbilisi, Georgia

Assistant to MP, Parliament of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia

Summer Internship

Fletcher Fellow, NATO Defense College - Rome, Italy


Georgian (Native)