Major Fellowship Activities: Samadashvili focused on issues of her native Republic of Georgia. She gathered information on the nuclear facilities, governmental bodies and export regulations of Georgia for the CNS database. She translated and summarized the Georgian export control regulations. She also wrote a piece about the conflict in Abkhazia. This conflict is salient to nonproliferation efforts because Georgia contains a nuclear facility which reportedly has uranium and could therefore be subject to nuclear smuggling. She also monitored the Georgian press for articles related to nuclear and security issues and translated articles on proliferation. She created a directory of bookmarks for the Internet on nonproliferation and security concerns in Georgia. Finally, she scheduled visits for two CNS visiting fellows, from Armenia and Georgia, attending meetings with U.S. officials and scholars.
Current Activities: Samadashvili is a Member of the Parliament of Georgia, Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Deputy Head of the United National Movement Faction. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Wiflried Martens Center for European Studies. She is the Director of the International Relations and Political Sciences Department at the University of Georgia.
She was previously a visiting fellow at the Centre for European Studies in Brussels where she worked on a policy paper, reviewing the policy of the European Union towards the countries in the former USSR -Eastern Neighbourhood Partnership Initiative. She was previously the Republic of Georgia’s Ambassador to the Benelux Countries and Head of the Mission to the European Communities. She represented her country in its relations with the European Institutions–European Commission, Council of the European Union and European Parliament–and leads Georgia’s efforts to deepen the level of its integration into the European structures. Prior to that position she served in the Georgian Parliament where she was a Deputy-Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. She previously worked as a Parliamentary Program Coordinator for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia. NDI works with political parties, NGOs and the Parliament of Georgia in order to promote democracy. She designed and implemented Parliamentary programs with the goal of strengthening the Parliament as an institution, and promoting key democracy building legislative initiatives.