Georgia Bitten as the Russian Bear Awakes by ProQuest


Separatists in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia had long received tacit Russian support in their ambitions to split from Georgia but, from 2006 onwards, the leadership in Moscow became far more overt in its encouragement, including issuing Russian passports to ethnic Ossetians in South Ossetia and sending in Russian combat troops to help with "bridge repair projects". With destroyed and severely damaged infrastructure, a looming IDP crisis, and resentment running deep, what is required in Georgia this time is more than just half-hearted attempts to separate the warring factions, but a full international commitment to address both the root causes and current manifestations of the South Ossetian and Abkhazian crises.

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