Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution

Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution

by Bruno Coppieters
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262532761
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
American Academy Studies in Global Security
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Glossary of Acronymsxiii
Introduction: Outlining the Challenge1
Chapter 1Georgia: Dimensions of Insecurity39
Chapter 2Georgia's Time of Troubles, 1989-199383
Chapter 3Georgian Defense Policy and Military Reform117
Chapter 4Georgia and Russia: The Troubled Road to Accommodation153
Chapter 5Frozen Uncertainty: Russia and the Conflict over Abkhazia205
Chapter 6Georgian Security and the Role of the West271
Chapter 7Georgia and Its Distant Neighbors307
Conclusion: Locating Georgian Security339
Contributors389
Index393

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