Established in 1998, the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) is an independent, non-profit policy think tank dedicated to helping improve public policy decision-making in Georgia through research and analysis, training of policymakers and policy analysts, and public education about the strategic issues, both domestic and international, facing Georgia and the Caucasus in the 21st century. GFSIS activities are aimed at promoting democracy and fostering political and economic reforms; enhancing regional cooperation; creating a friendly and secure investment environment; and providing local private sector and the international business community opportunities to participate in the economy of the Caucasus region.

Most of GFSIS`s staff members are former high-ranking government officials. They possess a unique mixture of government policy expertise and academic achievement. The GFSIS staff`s significant ties with the country`s political leaders and educational institutions help the Foundation raise the profile of Georgia`s opportunities and problems, promote dialogue between the government and research community, and train the next generation of leaders who will shape the future of the country. GFSIS brings together experts working in multiple disciplines. In order to carry out research projects and training, the Foundation attracts leading Georgian analysts for individual and joint studies on a contract basis.

GFSIS also serves as a forum for foreign scholars who are conducting field research related to political and economic processes in Georgia, as well as in the Caucasus at large. The Foundation offers a stimulating and hospitable environment by offering both field expertise and IT facilities to help scholars achieve their research goals.