Dr. Alexander Rondeli
19 June, 2015
Dr. Alexander Rondeli
We sincerely pain that he is no longer with us, remembering him as Alec Rondeli – the name which became widely known in town right from his salad years of studentship at Tbilisi State University. This outstanding septuagenarian came from a prominent family of famous Georgian intellectuals. Alec Rondeli was a talented orientalist and geographer, Ph.D., ranking ambassador, political scientist, professor, well-known public figure, and Finland’s honorary consul to Georgia. I met his friends and relatives during those sorrowful days
of bidding farewell to Alec, recollecting the highlights of his truly productive life.

“I remember Alec Rondeli as a favorite teacher of Georgian, American, Russian and Polish young audiences. Books by him will long serve as a guide for generations of politicians. Rondeli will always be appreciated as a mentor of western type democracy adherents in Georgia. His unflinching support of Georgia’s western orientation has always been firm and solid, which was well noticed and valued by foreign political scientists and politicians.” – Revaz Gachechiladze, Georgia’s Ambassador to Great Britain

Teimuraz Kancheli, his longtime colleague from GFSIS, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies – founded and lead by Alec Rondeli – knew almost by heart every step he had made in life: chair of TSU department of international studies; director of foreign policy research and analysis center at Georgia’s MFA; member of International Institute for Strategic Studies in London; member of the executive board of Georgian Foundation Open Society; member of advisory board of Eurasia Foundation; consultant of UNDP-Georgia; advisor to the head of state of Georgia; research fellow at numerous famous universities of the world; rector of the American University for Humanities Tbilisi campus; professor at the New Vision University; member of board of the Georgian public broadcaster; invited teacher in America, Russia, Poland and England; author of two books - International Relations and The Small State in the International System, and numerous articles in local and international media; winner of Presidential Order of Excellence for special contribution to national development and Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

“What a cheerful, smart, and handsome man he was! The impression Alec Rondeli made on people used to be indelible, and his influence on national political thought is unfading,” Natalie Sabanadze, Georgia’s Ambassador to Belgium

I also received a warm and very meaningful contribution to his bright memory from professor Revaz Gachechiladze, Georgia’s current ambassador to Great Britain: ‘He was my childhood friend, my fellow student at Tbilisi State and later, my colleague at the university department. His dad Davit Rondeli was a popular Georgian movie director and mom – the rooted Georgian aristocrat Nina Amirejibi. On top of the English language, our brilliant Alec was absolutely fluent in Persian, having independently learnt Italian too. We had so much in common. We had even managed to synchronize our first scientific publications of student years. Alec was one of the most beloved and popular young men among us all – full of life and humor. The great soccer lover used to delight everybody with his appearance in society. We all wanted to socialize with him, to talk to him and to listen to what he had to say. Alec published his comments on soccer activity in the most popular Georgian sports edition, and this was only natural because he had access to foreign press and broadcasting thanks to his knowledge of languages, which was closed to others. He would also listen to foreign radio and TV political programs in addition to intensive self-education, as a result of which his political views had already formed in the soviet period of our life. I remember Alec Rondeli as a favorite teacher of Georgian, American, Russian and Polish young audiences. Books by him will long serve as a guide for the generations of politicians. Rondeli will always be appreciated as a mentor of western type democracy adherents in Georgia. His unflinching support of Georgia’s western orientation has always been firm and solid, which was well noticed and valued by foreign political scientists and politicians. The Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, brought about by Alec Rondeli was not only a regular research center but also a real farriery of national political cadres. He had also founded a magazine, titled My World which feeds the absolutely indispensable information about the world to our youth. Alec has never stopped being active and prolific in what he loved to do, always looking forward into the future. Regret cannot be stronger to know that he is no longer around’.
The famous Georgian physician Archil Khomasuridze shared with me his unforgettable memories of the young years, spent together with Alec Rondeli. Archil said he was a reliable friend with a pronounced sense of honesty in relationship.
And finally, the way Natalie Sabanadze, Georgia’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU thinks of Alec Rondeli! I have heard that Natalie was a Rondeli student and follower. She once gratefully noted that her teacher and tutor was the best she has ever had in life.
What a cheerful, smart, and handsome man he was! The impression Alec Rondeli made on people used to be indelible, and his influence on national political thought is unfading. I don’t want to believe that I will never see him again. There is a huge need in highly professional men like him in Georgia, and in the world too.

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