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Modern Quagmire and Georgia's Trump Card?

  “The fundamental problem for Georgian security is that Russia holds all the major cards and no one is reshuffling the deck in Georgia’s favour”, writes Neil MacFarlane in his 2016 article on Georgia’s security situation. Georgia has a mighty neighbor that is not democratic, does not respect the right of self-determination of nations, and, most importantly, actually brings its military power to bear whenever Russian (legitimate or illegitimate) interests are not sufficiently honored. To add insult to injury, Russia’s military strength is unconteste...
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Guest — Leqso
Dear Eric, Georgias history is basically a story of survival between two strong neighbors and rather than looking at the examples ... Read More
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:11 AM
Eric Livny
And vice versa, dear Leqso :-) None of this is surprising, however. According to Rufus Miles, “Where you stand depends on where yo... Read More
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:10 AM
Guest — Leqso
It might be indication of something interesting that mostly pro-Russian politicians, with good track record of relations with Puti... Read More
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:10 AM
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The Positive Sides of Georgia’s NATO Partnership (Not Membership)

Since the Rose Revolution, pro-Western Georgian politicians strive to lead their country into the apparent safe haven of the NATO defense collective. So far membership seems far off, causing disappointment among many Georgians and affirming those who preferred less integration in the Western geopolitical bloc. The continuing debate as to whether or not Georgia should assume full membership in the alliance may be obfuscating the reality that the present relationship with the alliance is the most ideal for Georgia.  It allows for a nearly unrestricted...
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Guest — Randall Filer
You do mean NATO's only LAND border don't you?. There is a US/Russian border with customs posts and everything. Other nit-pickin... Read More
Saturday, 11 July 2015 8:08 AM
Guest — Levan Pavlenishvili
I think there literally can not be more IRON-Iron Curtain: Read More
Monday, 13 July 2015 11:11 AM
Guest — Florian Biermann
Randy, there is indeed a lot of controversy about the interpretation of Article 5, and it is not clear that Article 5 would apply ... Read More
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 5:05 PM
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