South Ossetia

South Ossetia

by on 2011-12-03- Leave a reply

If you're that rare sort of person who doesn't avidly follows political machinations in South Caucasus breakaway republics, then you're missing some surprising developments in
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Erosi Kitsmarishvili points the finger at Tbilisi

by on 2008-11-26- Leave a reply

The New York Times reports:A parliamentary hearing on the origins of the war between Georgia and Russia in August ended in a furor on Tuesday
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Russia mounts a counteroffiensive in the propaganda war

by on 2008-09-03- Leave a reply

Via email:You've seen the Georgian claims that they were just responding to a Russian attack when they invaded Tskhinvali.The Russians are now citing amateur video
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United Ossetia?

by on 2008-08-31- Leave a reply

Rob Farley points to a Times article reporting that Russia will soon annex South Ossetia. The source for the report? The South Ossetian president. So,
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The US to the left, China to the right….

by on 2008-08-28- Leave a reply

Russia encircled by enemies plotting against it?CNN's summary of its interview with Putin, passed along without comment:Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United
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Totten and Georgia

by on 2008-08-27- Leave a reply

A lot of people are buzzing about Michael Totten's report on Georgia, in which he claims to have discovered the real truth about the outbreak
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Russia recognizes Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence

by on 2008-08-26- Leave a reply

That was quick. So much for the resolution simply serving as "leverage" for Putin and Medvedev in negotiations with the US and NATO.As predicted, Moscow's
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Putin’s revenge

by on 2008-08-25- Leave a reply

Because one good Kosovo deserves another (or two)?Russia's parliament has backed a motion urging the president to recognise the independence of Georgia's breakaway regions of
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Maybe we’ve got it all wrong… (updated)

by on 2008-08-20- Leave a reply

No matter what their take on culpability for the Russo-Georgian War, almost all commentators in the west agree that Russia emerged the undisputed victor: Georgia
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At last!

by on 2008-08-16- Leave a reply

A major newspaper (other than the Christian Science Monitor) in the United States has published a sensible and relatively evenhanded OP-ED on Russia-Georgia. Michael Dobbs:t
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I leave my office and come home to a signed ceasefire….

by on 2008-08-16- Leave a reply

Earlier today, I wrote:Before I leave the office, I just wanted to note that the dynamics between Georgia, Russia, and the United States are very
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Looting and ethnic cleansing in comparative perspective

by on 2008-08-15- Leave a reply

This morning the New York Times provides an interesting report on the Russian army and the lawlessness breaking out in the territory they control:The identities
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The “lessons” of Kosovo?

by on 2008-08-15- Leave a reply

Via email: according to Simon Saradzhyan of the Moscow Times, the Russia-Georgia War revealed the obsolescence of major aspects of the Russian military machine;The technical
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Speaking of signals, mixed and otherwise – updated (yet again)

by on 2008-08-14- Leave a reply

... Big news just came down the pike. Courtesy of a friend, I learn that Poland has agreed to host US ballistic-missile defenses. As geopolitical
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Georgia stll on my mind – updated

by on 2008-08-14- Leave a reply

Despite some noises to the contrary, the Russians remain in control of Gori and Poti. Tony Halpin reports in the Times that Russian and Georgian
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Russia-Georgia conflict: what the current evidence suggests

by on 2008-08-14- Leave a reply

Now that a number of media outlets and independent groups have gained access to key locations in Georgia and South Ossetia, some aspects of the
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Memo to Ross Douthat

by on 2008-08-13- Leave a reply

Douthat comments on Max Boot's call for the US to, if necessary, turn Georgia into the next Afghanistan (circa 1984).Now these arguments have a certain
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Georgia: retaliatory violence confirmed, US sends military forces as part of relief effort (and as a signal of US commitment) – updated

by on 2008-08-13- Leave a reply

I ended my last post with the words:While I think it is far too soon for those of us reading media accounts to pass judgment,
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Georgia epiologue: premature – updated

by on 2008-08-13- Leave a reply

Many reports indicate that Russian forces are headed toward Tblisi:A Russian military convoy thrust deep into Georgia on Wednesday and Georgian officials said Russian troops
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The US and Georgia

by on 2008-08-13- Leave a reply

Two good articles on the US role in Georgia. The first, by Helene Cooper and Thom Shanker of the New York Times: "After Mixed U.S.
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