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Displaced and disgruntled in Georgia NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Years, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Georgia's attempts to tackle the problem of internal refugees...
Georgian FM On Motives Behind North Caucasus Visa-Free Rules NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 4 Years, 1 Week, 6 Days, 38 Minutes ago
Georgia says it will be “a bridge connecting the North Caucasus with the civilized world”. READ MORE...
Security and the Black Sea region NEW
blogs@ELIAMEP 5 Years, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The Black Sea region is becoming increasingly front page news in the press and a subject of analysis in the foreign policy think tank community and in international relations reviews as there is growing interest and engagement as to what is actually...
Europe view 145, Georgia one year on NEW
Edward Lucas (The Economist) 5 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
EUROPEEurope.view The fog of warAug 13th 2009 From Economist.comUnravelling the Ossetia conflict, one year laterONE year after the Georgian war, its outcome is as debatable as the cause. Depending on where you stand, the war can be seen as the sinist...
Europe's rush to the East: The next frontier NEW
Le Taurillon 5 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 9 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
In the morning of 8 August 2008 Russian military forces invaded South Ossetia after a provocation by the Georgian army against this small breakaway region, and settled the debate that was going on for years in European capitals on how far the borders...
Renewing Roads in the Caucasus NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Years, 2 Months, 6 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Turkey and Armenia are tantalizingly close to opening diplomatic relations, and may re-open their border — which has been closed since 1993 — by the end of 2009. The BBC says, They are to hold six weeks of domestic consultations on the m...
Nino Burjanadze: I Absolutely Don’t Understand Why Russia Challenges Georgian People So Openly? NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 5 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Georgia remains in the focus of international policy and Mass Media. Current processes in the country incite ambiguous reaction, assessments among the upholders of the President Saakashvili as well as among his opponents. After the war in August of 2...
Georgia turn off “the business” with CIS NEW
Power&Politics Weblog 5 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 19 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Today, Georgia is to the final to leave the Commonwealth of Independent States. Georgia’s decision to leave CIS was taken by the georgian Parliament on 14 August 2008, and four days later the Foreign Ministry informed the Executive Council of t...
Conflit russo-géorgien : plus de président Sarkozy pour représenter l'Europe NEW
Le Taurillon 5 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Il y a un an, le conflit entre la Russie et la Géorgie démarrait. La Russie envahissait le territoire géorgien. Officiellement pour défendre les Russes habitants dans la région séparatiste d'Ossétie du Sud. La présidence du Conseil de l'Union...
One year ago: Russia and Georgia at war (supplemented) NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
One year ago, Russia and Georgia were at war - yet another war on the European continent, Europeans killing Europeans, because big men with big balls needed to compare the lengths of their penises.This conflict between two very different but in a sen...
A year from the eruption of the Georgian war NEW
Alex Stubb 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Last year I had to cut short my holiday by a couple of days but this year my fortnight's holiday will end in time, which means today. A short situation report is in order on the first anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war. A year has passed since the...
Kriegsgewinner NEW
Gerhard Mangott 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Aus dem russisch-georgischen Krieg im August des letzten Jahres ist Russland als Gewinner hervorgegangen: Die sezessionistischen Regionen Abchasien und das südliche Ossetien sind für Georgien wohl dauerhaft verloren. Die georgische Füh...
Who’s left from the Class of ‘91? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Spun off an earlier post. Remember the first generation of post-Communist leaders? The guys who took power immediately after Communism collapsed? Well, here’s a question: almost 20 years later, how many of them are still running things? Not s...
The Russian Military Concentration In The Caucasus NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 5 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
After visiting breakaway South Ossetia on July 13 and Russian troops based deep inside Georgia, President Dmitry Medvedev traveled to Novorossiysk to inspect Russia's main deepwater Black Sea port and nearby military facilities. Medvedev visited the...
Azerbaijan-Ukraine relations developing dynamically: Azerbaijani president NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 5 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The first meeting of Azerbaijani and Ukrainian Presidents Council was held in Azerbaijan. At the meeting Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressed confidence that the official visit of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to Baku would develop a...
Why just Georgia? - On the refocussing of European institutions NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Sorry, but when I read declarations like this one from the Greek OSCE presidency I ask myself why European institutions seem to over-focus on Georgia.Diplomacy prefers to come after the crisis, then spends millions of Euros on post-treatment, shorten...
Nagorno Karabakh: Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan meet NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 9 Months, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
According to a press release of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have met on Tuesday to discuss further steps of the settlement of the conflict over the breakaway region Nagorno...
Europa buckelt NEW
Planet in Progress (Die Zeit) 5 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Dass Europa so schnell einknicken würde, hätte man dann doch nicht gedacht. Nun wissen wir: Die Prinzipien der Europäischen Union gegenüber Russland haben eine Verfallszeit von genau 71 Tagen. Am vergangenen Monat beschlossen die Außenminister d...
… revealing evidence … NEW
Gerhard Mangott 5 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Interim O.S.C.E. briefings in August and October 2008 have revealed that Georgian heavy artillery shelling of the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali starting at 11:30 p.m was indiscriminate. The O.S.C.E. observes including Polish, Belorussian and Finn...
Georgia’s true story starts coming out also in West NEW
AriRusila´s BalkanPerspective 5 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
  I must make a short addition to my yesterday’s article about Georgia situation, because after writing some new information about events on 7th August 2008 came public e.g. through The New York Times and BBC. According OSCE monitors on the...
Georgia - demonstrations and true story coming out NEW
Babelblogs reviews 5 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
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Demonstrations in Georgia - is the change coming there too? NEW
AriRusila´s BalkanPerspective 5 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
On Friday 7th I was watching news from Georgia’s capital Tbilisi where some 10.000 demonstrators were marching against current political leadership and demanding early presidential and parliamentary elections. They were gathering also on the na...
Come late, Leave early: Russia-Georgia-Abkhazia-South Ossetia Negotiations NEW
Le Taurillon 5 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
At the Palais des Nations — the UN's European headquarters— on 15 October 2008, there was an uneven start to negotiations among Russian, Georgian, Abkhazian and South Ossetian negotiators. The Russian representatives arrived 50 minutes late unsur...
Nicolas Sarkozy au Parlement européen : Géorgie, crise financière, paquet énergie climat et échanges d'amabilités NEW
Le Taurillon 6 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Nicolas Sarkozy a présenté l'action à mi-présidence de la France devant le Parlement européen en ce mardi 21 octobre 2008 à 10h. br /Quatre grands sujets ont été développés durant le discours du président français : son action face à la...
Finding common ground after Georgia NEW
Stanley Crossick 6 Years, 4 Weeks, 10 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
The op-ed by Henry Kissinger and George Shultz (International Herald Tribune, 30 September) is worth a careful read. I do not share Kissinger’s balance of power view of the world but this is not the theme.  They favour a rapid evolution toward...
Caucase : le nouveau scénario de conflit entre l'Europe et l'Asie NEW
Le Taurillon 6 Years, 1 Month, 7 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
La crise russo – géorgienne du mois août a mis en évidence la détérioration des relations diplomatiques entre l'Europe, la Russie et les Etats-Unis qui a atteint désormais un niveau insoutenable. Toutes ces trois puissances ont des intérêts...
Georgia/Russia news: 12 SEP 2008 NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
NOTE: This is an informational compilation. GMF does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, the content contained herein.   NEWS   Putin tells Britain: relations can only improve when you remove dissidents The Times (UK), Richard Beesto...
Russia, Georgia and NATO NEW
Stanley Crossick 6 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
My post of 5 September, ‘Russia: it’s time to be realistic’, concluded that unless Russia’s legitimate grievances are met, the EU will not progress beyond issuing consensual but ineffective declarations.  And this means Georgia a...
US response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 6 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
This will bear close analysis, even with the imminent change of regime in Washington. Running, as it does, to nearly 6,000 words, I don’t have the time just now, but will hopefully return to this on the morrow. For now, read for yourselves the...
Georgia/Russia news: 11 SEP 2008 NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
NOTE: This is an informational compilation. GMF does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, the content contained herein.   NEWS   S. Ossetia Sends Russia Mixed Signals New York Times (U.S.), Ellen Barry and Alan Cowell, 11 Sep 2008 Su...
South Ossetia wants to join Russia (updated) NEW
Julien Frisch 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
German news source iSpiegel.de/i a href="http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,577608,00.html"reports/a that South Ossetian "president" bEduard Kokoity/b has proclaimed his "country" wants to join Russia.br /br /Why am I not surprised...?br /b...
Propaganda and Satellite Imagery in Georgia NEW
Kosmopolito 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 20 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
There has been a lot of talk about the role of information/propaganda during the war in Georgia. The question what information is actually correct has been one of the major problems in analysing the conflict. Robert Amsterdam posted a translation of...
Georgia/Russia news: 10 SEP 2008 NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 21 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
NOTE: This is an informational compilation. GMF does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, the content contained herein.   NEWS   Russian troops dismantle west Georgia checkpoints Reuters, Lasha Berulava, 10 Sep 2008 Summary: “Russi...
Kosovo 46, South Ossetia 2? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
I wanted to write a post comparing Kosovo and South Ossetia, but Dan Drezner has already written it. It’s a week old now, but still good: It’s been more than a week since Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. T...
Sarkozy agreement = no deal « A Step At A Time NEW
halldor2.wordpress.com, 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
EU and Russia Cut a Deal : Sean’s Russia Blog NEW
seansrussiablog.org, 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Georgia: Where is Franco-German cooperation going? NEW
Publius Blog 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
It seems, according to Spiegelonline, that the only good news from the Georgian crisis is the new cooperation between the German and the French governments (read below). Will...
Georgia/Russia news: 9 SEP 2008 NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
NOTE: This is an informational compilation. GMF does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, the content contained herein.   NEWS   U.S. Rules Out Unilateral Steps Against Russia New York Times (U.S.), Thom Shanker and Steven Lee Myers,...
George Friedman on Georgia NEW
Edward Lucas (The Economist) 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
h2span style="font-size:85%;"This a href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21772"article /ain the NYRB caught my attention and is strongly recommended/spanbr //h2h2Georgia and the Balance of Power/h2 h4 By a href="http://www.nybooks.com/authors/11...
Russia-Georgia-France (from Economist.com) NEW
Edward Lucas (The Economist) 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 28 Minutes ago
Russia and the Westbr /br /A deal, for nowbr /Sep 9th 2008br /From Economist.combr /br /br /Europe shores up the Russian-Georgian ceasefire agreementbr /br /HUMILIATION avoided, but hardly a triumph: that is the upshot of President Nicolas Sarkozy’...
Schmerz durch Kuscheln NEW
Planet in Progress (Die Zeit) 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 35 Minutes ago
Sarkozys Moskau-Reise zeigt: Europa beginnt, seine eigentliche Stärke zu entdecken. Es ist die rücksichtslose Kooperation mit den Rändern Russlands Die ganze Kraft und den ganzen Kleinmut Europas vereinte Nicolas Sarkozy in Moskau in nur einem Sa...
Georgia/Russia news: 8 SEP 2008 NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
NOTE: This is an informational compilation. GMF does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, the content contained herein.   NEWS   Russia aims to corner energy market: U.S. official Reuters, Tabassum Zakaria, 8 Sep 2008 Summary: “Rus...
Georgia/Russia news: 5 SEP 2008 NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
NOTE: This is an informational compilation. GMF does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, the content contained herein. NEWS US navy ship steams into port where Russian troops stationed The Times (UK), James Hider, 5 Sep 2008 Summary: “...
Old Habits Die Hard NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 43 Minutes ago
Deference outlives ideology. If the Kremlin is for it, and Washington is against it, Ortega must be in favor. From AFP, via Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has revived Cold War ghosts by recognizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia, supporting Ru...
If this is America distracted... NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
What is Europes excuse?
Will Cheneys visit help or hurt? NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 6 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Flying into the centre of a storm...
Happy talk NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 17 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Russia-Georgia is likely to be one of the main foreign policy issues “debated” at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota.  Dick Cheney is in Baku this evening and here is a statement from George Bush announcing a package of aid...
Georgia/Russia news: 03 SEP 2008 NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 22 Hours, 1 Minute ago
NOTE: This is an informational compilation. GMF does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, the content contained herein.   NEWS   Ukraine’s coalition turns on itself Financial Times (UK), Roman Olearchyk, 03 Sep 2008   Summary:
Analysing the European Council conclusions NEW
Julien Frisch 6 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Last week I was asking what to a hr="http://julienfrisch.blogspot.com/2008/08/european-council-what-to-expect.html"expect from the European Council/a. Now we can see what we got.br /br /Looking at the a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms...
The European Council: What to expect? NEW
Julien Frisch 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
To answer the question, please just read a href="http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2008/08/united-in-inaction.html"EU Referendum's/a nice analysis of the situation, which concludes:blockquote"[W]hat we are seeing from the EU is the usual display of in...
Integration and fragmentation in Europe NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Following on from yesterday, the question of whether Kosovo and South Ossetia should be recognised as sovereign states is only the latest in a trend that has seen the number of sovereign countries in Europe more than double in the space of a century,...
Georgia, Ossetia, Kosovo and the principle of self determination NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
At least since Woodrow Wilson's 14 points, the self determination of peoples has featured as a principle of international affairs. But who has the right to self-determination? When Yugoslavia broke up, the international community was willing to reco...
The road to peace in the Caucasus runs through … Rome? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
It’s no surprise that George Bush is sending Dick Cheney to the Black Sea region next week.  If media accounts are to be believed, and they are plausible, the Cheney faction in the administration had long pushed for a much harder anti-Russian...
Georgia still on my mind NEW
Stanley Crossick 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Kishore Mahbubani rightly points out (see post of 22 August) that, while the West sees Georgia as the underdog against Russia, others see Russia resisting the bullying West.  The gap “between the western narrative and the rest of the world cou...
Georgia, Bulgaria and the Second Balkan War NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
So, the Second Balkan War. Unless you’re a history buff, or Bulgarian, you probably don’t know about this. And that’s fine. Unless you’re a history buff, or Bulgarian, there’s no reason to. Still, I think it might hav...
Brandstifter und Kremlmänner NEW
Planet in Progress (Die Zeit) 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Liebe Leser, angesichts der massiven Empörung über den vorausgegangenen Blogeintrag hier ein paar klärende Worte. Mit der Verurteilung Russlands ist noch nichts über das Verhalten des georgischen Präsidenten Michael Saakaschwili gesagt. Das Vorg...
Blogs, Georgia and David Miliband NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
There’s a rather good look at blogland’s attempts to cover strange going ons in faraway lands of which they know little from the chap behind tip-top Central Asia blog Registan, which is well worth reading in full: “Elite bloggers of...
German and US Media Coverage of Georgia War is Biased! What a Surprise! NEW
Atlantic Review 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
"Georgia crisis sparks Anti-American sentiment in Germany," declares Dialog International: I know George W. Bush is unpopular in Germany (as he is in the US) but I was unprepared for some of the pro-Putin opinions that have been expressed in the Ger...
Gamsakhurdia NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
So, Georgia Georgia Georgia. Yet there’s one name I’ve hardly seen mentioned: the late Zviad Gamsakhurdia, the first president of independent Georgia. That’s sort of strange. Because if there’s one man who’s responsibl...
Europe’s Russia strategy / Russia’s Europe strategy NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
What way forward after the Georgia crisis?
Back in Tbilisi NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 7 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
We’re back after a happily uneventful, if hot and a bit long, drive from Yerevan. Went past one of the air bases that was bombed, and saw what looked like a burned field, but otherwise no damage visible from the public road. The city itself is...
Georgia, Russia, the EU and future UK foreign policy NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Yesterday’s Observer was on really rather good form, with a decent long article amply demonstrating the human cost - easy to forget when trying to work out the wider geopolitical remifications: “They sifted out villagers with Georgian sur...
Für Georgien sterben? Reflections on Britain and Georgia NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
At Köln/Bonn Airport yesterday as 3 NATO surveillance planes took off one after the other, bound for Afghanistan I subsequently discovered, but reason for reflection nevertheless. I picked up a copy of Süddeutsche Zeitung when boarding my plane and...
Russian Interests NEW
Atlantic Review 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
On the Cato at Liberty blog, Benjamin H. Friedman notes that many commentators fatally misunderstand Russian foreign policy, due to an excessive focus on the intentions of the current government: Commentators of all stripes seem to assume that...
Russia Attacks NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
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The EU’s Caucasion lessons NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
So, despite the apparent truce following Moscow’s insanely over-the-top response to Georgia’s silly South Ossetian venture, it sounds like Russia’s still “peacekeeping” in Georgian territory. This is otherwise known as &...
A Short Victorious War NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Kevin Drum does a pretty good job summing it up: Russia… got what it wanted: control of the two disputed provinces, a military humiliation for Georgia, and a successfully executed shot across the bow that proves they can still play in the big l...
Today - we are all Russians! NEW
Yellow Stars blog 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 55 Minutes ago
The Russians are RIGHT!The Russians stop Georgian violence against South Ossetians!The spin of CNN is that the fault of the conflict is the fault of Russia. The Russians are being made out to be the bad guys. The reality is that the Russians are the...
The meaning of NATO, and revising my position on Georgia NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
On the northern side of the dual carriageway leading from Brussels towards Zaventem Airport there’s an enormous no-mans land. A billboard resplendent with an artist’s impression dotted with light, glass and smiling people announces this i...
Medvedev calls end to Georgia operations NEW
European Tribune 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Russia 'ends Georgia operation' Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an end to military operations...
Russia’s Contempt for Free Press Kills Dutch Journalist NEW
The White Bull Blog 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
“The first casualty of War is Truth”. US Senator’s Hiram Johnson’s 1918 cliche immediately comes to mind every time when state-sponsored war breaks out. It’s a reminder that the dangerous work of journalists in combat zo...
War: Russia shows who is boss after bombs on Georgia NEW
Babelblogs reviews 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
On 12 August, the Russian president announced an 'end to military operations' against Georgia, which the latter claimed continued. The Kremlin's intervention shows who wears the geopolitical trousers in the Caucasus region, which comprises breakaway...
Russian Invasion of Georgia NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Not all of the reports are consistent, but they are increasingly consistent: Russian forces have reportedly taken the central Georgian city of Gori, essentially splitting the country in two and occupying the main east-west highway. Russian forces are...
War in the Caucasus was both predictable and avoidable NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
BRUSSELS — The current war in Georgia has taken much of the world by surprise. However, for those of us working on Georgia and traveling to that country, including the separatist provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, it was a conflict that...
The latest from Georgia | FP Passport NEW
blog.foreignpolicy.com, 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Georgians: We Helped you in Iraq, now Help us! NEW
Atlantic Review 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 7 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The Georgian government is recalling its 2,000 troops serving in Iraq to confront the threat at home, reports The Times: We helped in Iraq - now help us, beg Georgians As Russia forces its neighbour to retreat from South Ossetia, the people of Gori...
Der Kaukasus-Krieg - Wie alles begann NEW
Planet in Progress (Die Zeit) 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 9 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Viel können die georgischen Diplomaten bei der Nato derzeit nicht unternehmen. Ihre winzigen Büros sind in einem Nebengebäude des Nato-Quartiers in Brüssel untergebracht, und auch bündnispolitisch pflegten sie - bisher - eine randständige Exist...
Georgia-Russia conflict as seen elsewhere in the Black Sea region NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 9 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
BUCHAREST — The war in Georgia concerns the international community, and it is making the prime news in most countries. In the countries of the Black Sea region–which are in close proximity to the conflict and are caught in the web of reg...
Enough about the war. What do I think of the war? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 10 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
It was inevitable: exit stage left the images of death and destruction from Georgia on American television (especially the ones seen frequently on Russia Today), and enter the war’s implications for the Presidential election.  Specifically, th...
Russia, South Ossetia and Kosovo NEW
Yellow Stars blog 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 11 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
…and the need for Europe to distance itself from US policy…In the past few years, the Bush administration has not missed an opportunity to punch Russia in the nose. The continued and unabashed expansions of the out-dated Atlantic system, along wi...
South Ossetia: Still simmering NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
So it seems that Georgia just doesn’t know when she’s beat - although quite what the real situation is there nobody seems to know, as there’s so much disinformation around. Who’s at fault here - Russia or Georgia? The answer&#...
Chess my ass NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Various sources are reporting that the Russians have rolled out of South Ossetia and into Georgia proper, and are mounting a major attack on the town of Gori. Gori is about 15-20 km south of the South Ossetian border, and about 70-80 km from Tbilisi...
The Russia-Georgia War NEW
DJ Nozem 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Let's hope the current conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia will become known as the four day war.... Peace? Medvedev has apparently ordered the Russians to 'end operations'. More below...I have collected some brief thoughts on the...
Georgia-Russia conflict in the French press NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
PARIS — On Saturday morning, Le Figaro dedicated one full page and its editorial (signed by Pierre Rousselin) to the Georgia crisis. After a description of what happened Friday, Temour Iakobachvili, the Georgian Minister in charge of the re-int...
South Ossetia - this isn’t black or white, it’s a messy shade of grey NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Thousands of words have been written about the conflict in South Ossetia in the last few days and the answer tends to depend on whose side you’re on - do you reckon Vladimir Putin is an evil land-grabbing neo-tsar, or do you think Mikheil Saaka...
How many disputed territories have you annexed this week? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
James Sherr writes in today’s Telegraph: … Russia is exasperated with the West and also contemptuous of it. In the Georgian conflict, as in the more subtle variants of energy diplomacy, Russians have shown a harshly utilitarian asperity in co...
Time to bring Georgia closer into the fold? NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Hand-wringing over the hostilities...
Finnish OSCE presidency: Russia cannot be a mediator! NEW
Julien Frisch 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
I have been asking for a tougher stand by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in a recent post, so I am glad that Alexander Stubb, Finnish foreign minister and currently the man in charge of the rotating OSCE-presidency, ha...
Georgia: Why? NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
So, now that Georgia seems to have withdrawn from South Ossetia in the face of the overwhelming force of Russia’s displeasure, the question has to be asked: how on earth did they think they were going to be able to get away with it? As has been...
What to Expect from the Georgia-Russia Crisis NEW
Atlantic Review 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
South Ossetia might well become Georgia's Chechnya. And the European Union might be the best-placed conflict manager in the South Caucasus, concludes Professor Stefan Wolff from the University of Nottingham in this guest article for Atlantic Review:...
And We’re Out of There NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
I’m writing this in advance, so things may change during the night, but my better half’s foundation made evacuation mandatory Saturday afternoon, so off we go. We’re on our way to Yerevan to see if things subside reasonably quickly.
Self-torture: Watching "Russia Today" (updated) NEW
Julien Frisch 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
I have been forcing myself watching the Russian English language news channel "Russia Today" today and yesterday for much longer than it needs to understand the Russian position.It is self torture, although I excuse for all victims of torture using t...
Registan.net » Ignore the Day-to-Day, and also Bloggers NEW
www.registan.net, 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Georgia: played? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Well, the South Ossetia conflict is going pretty badly for Georgia. The Russians appear to have cleared Tsikhinvali, and they’ve moved over six! hundred! armored vehicles into theater. Russian bombers have struck at a number of military targe...
The American angle NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Let’s take a moment to consider this para from Doug’s (the Doug in Tbilisi, that is) first post. Second, what will the Americans and EU do? A senior State Department figure was here in Tbilisi last week, and I would expect that the Georg...
Background chart: Development of the intensity of Georgia's secession conflicts NEW
Julien Frisch 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
I have found the following chart in "Conflict Resolution through Democracy Promotion? The Role of the OSCE in Georgia"by Pamela Jawad, published in the June 2008 issue of the scientific journal "Democratization":The chart visualises the development o...
Second Front NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Forces from Abchazia, the other Russian-supported separatist republic, led by Sergei Bagapsh (sp?), has attacked Gergian forces in the Kodori area, says Dagens Nyheter.
Briefly noted NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
The Austrian Social Democrats have elected Werner Faymann as their new leader, before new elections in September, following the collapse of the coalition government. Faymann, currently down in the polls has apparently suggested there should be a refe...