Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

The Guns of August 2008: Russia's War with Georgia

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme


Svante Cornell, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program
James Sherr, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House


Svante Cornell (co-editor) and James Sherr (contributor) will present a new book on the war of August 2008 which seeks to establish a coherent and substantiated record of the events of August 2008 - and their prehistory - as an essential precursor to establishing the causes and consequences of the conflict in the Caucasus. They will argue that the causes of Russia's war with Georgia can only be understood within the context of a long-term view of the countries' relations with each other, and the West. The August war was the culmination of a long preparatory period that began with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, if not earlier. The conflict was never just about the land and people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia; Russia's relationship with the West was and remains a crucial determinant.

Svante Cornell is Research Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program. He is a co-founder and Director of the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. He is also the Editor of Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.