Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution

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Overview

The former Soviet state of Georgia threw off its corrupt and undemocratic government in the "Rose Revolution" of November, 2003. Today, the new government under President Mikheil
Saaskashvili faces complex security problems both within and outside Georgia's borders. Statehood and Security looks at the many different layers of these challenges and explores the complicated ways they intersect and influence one another. It argues that Georgia's problems need to be taken seriously by the rest of the world and considers what Georgia, its regional neighbors, and the West can do -- within the realm of the politically feasible -- to improve the situation in ways that enhance the security of all concerned.For Georgia, as for the other post-Soviet states, security begins at home. Internal conflicts, including the intractable issue of the reintegration of breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia, threaten Georgia's territorial integrity. Regional conflict --
including the quasi-state of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the effect of the ongoing
Chechen insurgency on Russia -- defines Georgia's relations with its neighbors and distracts it from its internal problems. The chapters in Statehood and Security, written by both Georgian and non-Georgian authors, examine such topics as Georgian national identity; the inefficacy of state institutions because of corruption, criminal activity, and paramilitary groups; Georgia's troubled relationship with Russia, including Russia's role in Abkhazia; and the role of the West.

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What People Are Saying

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"A fragile state in a dangerous neighborhood, the fractured Republic of Georgia faces serious security problems and foreign policy challenges. In this unique volume, editors Bruno
Coppieters and Robert Legvold have gathered the leading regional experts to explore how this ancient state might deal with its uncertain future. Georgia could well be the next international flashpoint between a post-imperial Russia looking longingly at the remnants of its former empire and the United
States extending its influence into a troubled area far from home."--Ronald Suny, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Chicago

The MIT Press

"Balanced, insightful, and authoritative this examination of a strategically important nation at a crucial moment in its emergence as an independent democracy could hardly be timelier. Georgia's attainment of stability, security, and successful statehood matters not just to its own people, but to its neighbors (including Russia), and to the entire international community.
This book explains why and elucidates the complexities of the challenge." Strobe Talbott, President,
Brookings Institution

The MIT Press

"Balanced, insightful, and authoritative -- this examination of a strategically important nation at a crucial moment in its emergence as an independent democracy could hardly be timelier. Georgia's attainment of stability, security, and successful statehood matters not just to its own people but to its neighbors (including Russia), and to the entire international community.
This book explains why and elucidates the complexities of the challenge."--Strobe Talbott,
President, Brookings Institution

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262532761
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: American Academy Studies in Global Security
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,016,449
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruno Coppieters is Associate Professor of Political Science at Vrije Universiteit
Brussel.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments xi
Glossary of Acronyms xiii
Introduction: Outlining the Challenge 1
Chapter 1 Georgia: Dimensions of Insecurity 39
Chapter 2 Georgia's Time of Troubles, 1989-1993 83
Chapter 3 Georgian Defense Policy and Military Reform 117
Chapter 4 Georgia and Russia: The Troubled Road to Accommodation 153
Chapter 5 Frozen Uncertainty: Russia and the Conflict over Abkhazia 205
Chapter 6 Georgian Security and the Role of the West 271
Chapter 7 Georgia and Its Distant Neighbors 307
Conclusion: Locating Georgian Security 339
Contributors 389
Index 393
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