The War in Georgia and the Western response

Michael Bowker

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This article considers Western, and most particularly American, policy towards Tbilisi in the Russo-Georgian war of August 2008. The article does not accept the view of Russian leaders that the United States actively promoted the Georgian attack on South Ossetia. It does, however, argue that Washington's alliance with Georgia was sufficiently close to make President Saakashvili believe he would receive American support in the event of war with Russia. The war, however, was not in America's interest since it threatened its position in the South Caucasus and provided Russia with an opportunity to re-emphasize its growing power in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-211
Number of pages15
JournalCentral Asian Survey
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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