Alexander Rondeli, president of the Tbilisi-based think tank Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) and a highly respected international relations scholar, passed away on June 12 at the age of 73.
Ambassador Rondeli, who is credited as one of the founders of the academic discipline of international relations in Georgia, chaired Tbilisi State University’s international relations department in 1990s; he served as a director of the foreign policy research and analysis center at the Georgian Foreign Ministry in 1997-2001.
“It is a great loss for the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, civil society of Georgia, international community based in Georgia... Tbilisi State University as well as his family,” GFSIS said in a statement. “We cannot say in words what he has done for young generation of professionals who were educated by him during decades of his pedagogical activity in different institutions. We lost him but we did not lose him as a model in our life.”
Very sad news. Alexandre Rondeli,a founding father of IR discipline in Georgia, passed away !Talking to him would always offer you smth new— Irakli Sirbiladze (@ISirbiladze) June 12, 2015
Very sad to hear that Alexander Rondeli passed away. Great loss for Georgia. Loved to listen to his stories. https://t.co/QL8J9lh60s— Martina Quick (@martinaquick) June 12, 2015
Hugely sad. Alex Rondeli was one of the wisest and most interesting people I met anywhere. https://t.co/JhlzygQzZF— Hans Gutbrod (@HansGutbrod) June 12, 2015
RIP dear friend and great man Alex Rondeli. Very sad day for Georgia, the region and all those who have ever crossed your brilliant mind.— Raphael Glucksmann (@rglucks1) June 12, 2015
Iâ€™ve never met a freedom-loving, Atlanticist diplomat or political leader in Georgia who wasnâ€™t taught by Alex Rondeli. A good man. RIP.June 12, 2015
Alex Rondeli was a great patriot and true friend. He put his country on the map, educated a generation. Rest in Peace.— Svante Cornell (@SvanteCornell) June 12, 2015
Sad news.We say goodbye to a legend today. RIP to Dr. Alexander Rondeli, diplomat, teacher, friend & Director of GFSIS— Zaur Shiriyev (@ZaurShiriyev) June 12, 2015
So very sorry to hear of Alex Rondeliâ€™s death. Great man great patriot great friend to so many of us @DSmith_TBS— Edward Lucas (@edwardlucas) June 12, 2015
Georgia has lost Alex Rondeli today. Great mentor and statesman, who helped to steer Georgia to the West. We owe him a debt of lifetime.— George Khelashvili (@gkhelash) June 12, 2015
Alex Rondeli, the man who pioneered international relations studies in Georgia passed away. RIP the great teacher. http://t.co/HmuAL1OZ1H— Levan Tsutskiridze (@LTsutskiridze) June 12, 2015