Veka Modebadze is a Director of Strategic Communications Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Her experience includes years of public service at various ministries covering issues of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration, strategic communications as well as security sector related activities. Before joining the MFA, Ms Modebadze worked at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, leading the Euro-Atlantic Integration Division. Graduated from Tbilisi State University, Veka Modebadze is also a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the College of Europe (Brugge) focused on the European Union Law. Past 5 years she has been an invited lecturer at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs at the International Law Faculty. Ms Modebadze is also a participant/speaker of various international trainings and conferences.
While the worst of the global COVID-19 pandemic seems to be over, its long-term implications for our societies’ stability and safety will reverberate much longer. Regardless of the actual situation on the ground, effective communication of policy narratives to domestic and foreign audiences will be crucial in any future conflicts or crises. The ability to see patterns and connections between seemingly isolated incidents, that are actually elements of broader hybrid threats strategies, will be of equal importance. The COVID-19 crisis might be turned into an impetus for reforming EU and NATO’s strategic communication efforts and threat perception mechanisms, integrating them much more with their core activities. How should democratic societies react to a rapidly shifting threat horizon and the increasingly difficult task of assigning attribution to attackers? What should be done to boost EU and NATO capacities to detect and deter hybrid threats? How should strategic communication be mainstreamed into a wider range of modern foreign and security policy measures?