Registan’s Georgia News & Analysis Archive

Georgia splintered after declaring independence from the Soviet Union. Abkhazia, Adjara, and South Ossetia all operated independently from Tbilisi for over a decade. In 2003, popular protests ousted President Eduard Sheverdnadze and led to Mikheil Saakashvili. A bold and often brash, young leader, Saakashvili engaged in massive reform of the Georgian government, regained control over Adjara, and attracted foreign investors. In 2008, Russia went to war with Georgia briefly to prevent Tbilisi from regaining control of South Ossetia, and though the war resulted in major damage to Georgian infrastructure and concerns over its safety for investments, it has regained its economic momentum and has slowly worked to improve relations with Russia via closer economic links.

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Are Russian Military Exercises a Threat? How to Interpret Russia’s Military Maneuvers in 2015

by Nathan Barrick

In a 12 April interview, Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves claimed insufficient NATO forces were located in Estonia to prevent a Russian invasion, which he said would be over in about four hours. A year ago, the press was afire with wild predictions on who Russia’s next target after Crimea would be – this Ukrainian [...]

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New Russian-Abkhaz Treaty Sets Georgia on Collision Course

by Max Hess

On 24 November 2014, Russia and Abkhazia, a small self-declared republic on the Black Sea, signed a new treaty aimed at deepening their relationship and providing security guarantees for Abkhazia. The treaty signs away not only much of the proto-state’s independence but also condemns Georgia to further long term instability. While Russia recognises Abkhazia as [...]

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A New Eurasian Epoch, But No One Really Noticed

by Casey_Michel

Unless you’ve been watching the post-Soviet space with a keen eye, you likely missed the world’s-biggest-round-table signing last week. The meeting, held in Astana, heralded what Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed as a new “epoch” – the official founding of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), set to come into force on Jan. 1, 2015. But [...]

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Showdown! Who Wins?

by Nathan Hamm
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Georgia’s president paid a visit to the race track recently. He offered to resign if Russia returns South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Sure, that’s interesting, but the more important question is whether Saakashvili or Berdimuhamedov would win on the track. So, who has your vote? or For those who need video: vs.

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Romney and Russia and Around We Go

by Casey_Michel
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I don’t want to spend too much time dissecting Mitt Romney’s war-path to the presidency — the one that’s tarred anything he’s touched, and dropped his unfavorability numbers to record lows — because A) I’d hate to alienate any secret Romneycons among my friends, and B) while I do have enough time, I’d rather spend it transcribing [...]

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A Dishonest Commentary on Georgia and Russia

by Joshua Foust

Heritage scholar James Jay Carafano endorses the Georgia propaganda film “5 Days of War.” The film ends with testimonies from Georgians who lost family members in the war. “After I met a lot of refugees,” Harlin said last night during a post-screening discussion of the movie at Washington’s Landmark Theater, “I felt I had to [...]

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A Bitter War, with No Heroes

by Joshua Foust
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Today marks the third anniversary of the Russo-Georgian War. Georgia has a famously fraught relationship with its two separatist regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Since before its independence from the Soviet Union, Georgia had fought with the two, even sending a militia into Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia, in 1989, which was later put down [...]

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Trying to Unravel the Tblisi Blast

by Joshua Foust

One administration official told The Washington Times there was “no consensus” on responsibility for the Tbilisi blast. Really, that was the one line that leapt out at me in this piece. As Eli Lake reports, it is indeed significant that Secretary Clinton has raised the issue with her Russian counterparts two times since the September [...]

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Pick One

by Joshua Foust

Over at The Weekly Standard, Daniel Halper writes: But this allegation, coming as it did from a U.S. ally, was immediately dismissed by those on the far right and far left in Washington (who oddly share a mutual affinity for Vladimir Putin’s thugocracy, or maybe just an affinity for the Obama administration’s great power politics [...]

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Did a Russian Terrorist Really Blow Up the American Embassy in Tblisi?

by Joshua Foust
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Eli Lake dropped a bombshell in the Washington Time this morning: A bomb blast near the U.S. Embassy in Tblisi, Georgia, in September was traced to a plot run by a Russian military intelligence officer, according to an investigation by the Georgian Interior Ministry. Shota Utiashvili, the most senior official in charge of intelligence analysis [...]

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