Quiet Blog Like I thought,

by Nathan Hamm on 12/2/2003

Quiet Blog
Like I thought, my blog is how my father knows I’m still alive.
I’m fine, just without time. Blame my job, I hate it right now. I’m too
tired when I get home to do anything. Anyway, I’ve seen a ton of cool
stuff, so here ’tis.
Via Political Theory Daily comes debate on the origins of the Rose Revolution. Spike Politics says Shevardnadze’s fall was Russia and America’s doing. The Globe and Mail says that the revolution carried Soros’s mark. [A bit of honesty: Yes, I’m very critical of George Soros, but it’s entirely his personal politics.
I respect the work of the Open Society Institute and Eurasianet’s
excellent coverage of Central Asia and the Caucasus.] If you are
unfamiliar with the Open Society Institute or how instrumental civil
society promotion is, read this story. Shevardnadze is having himself a hissy-fit over Soros’s OSI, so it must have done something right. Meanwhile, IWPR asks whether Georgia’s new leaders will bring democracy or chaos.
The whole situation regarding Russian support for Ajaria, South
Ossetia, and Abkhazia (reminder, the former is “autonomous” and the
latter two are de facto sovereign and more or less Russian
protectorates) is enough of a mess that Georgia was listed as both an
improved situation and a conflict risk in this month’s International Crisis Group summary. While both moving west and gaining election aid from the OSCE, Georgia is also signaling its desire for open dialogue with Russia. The Russians are turning up the heat
on the new Georgian government though by talking more with the leaders
of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Ajaria and shutting off the power.
Russia, of course, says it’s not interfering, so the US is not
interfering by calling on the world to support Georgia’s territorial integrity as President Burzhanadze calls for Russian troops to go home.

Not all of Georgia is happy with the status quo. Eurasianet looks at the internal opposition.

I had some Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan stuff too, but I’m wiped out. It’s only 8:30 and I’m tired.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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