Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution

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With the Rose Revolution, the Georgian people have spoken, demanding that government be taken from the corrupt and darkened inner corridors of power and given back to them. But from the moment of its independence, Georgia has faced profound threats to its national security, beginning with the eroded base for the state itself, and the task of overcoming these dangers now passes to the leaders of the Rose Revolution. This is the first book to explore the deep and complex security challenges facing Georgia before ...
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Overview

With the Rose Revolution, the Georgian people have spoken, demanding that government be taken from the corrupt and darkened inner corridors of power and given back to them. But from the moment of its independence, Georgia has faced profound threats to its national security, beginning with the eroded base for the state itself, and the task of overcoming these dangers now passes to the leaders of the Rose Revolution. This is the first book to explore the deep and complex security challenges facing Georgia before and after the dramatic revolution of November 2003. It brings together Georgian and non-Georgian authors who look at the many different sides of the challenges Georgia faces-from territorial conflicts within the country to tensions beyond Georgia's borders, including the long, troubled relationship with Russia.
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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 BrunoCoppieters 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 UnitedStates extending its influence into a troubled area far from home."—Ronald Suny, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Chicago

"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

"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

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Meet the Author

Bruno Coppieters is Associate Professor of Political Science at Vrije UniversiteitBrussel.

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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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