Briefing Note (part of the Perspectives on the Georgia Conflict series)

Professor Neil Macfarlane

Across Eurasia, recent events have complicated the security agenda. Russia's show of force may deter external actors from contesting its policy towards neighbouring countries; however the subsequent recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia could embolden separatist movements within the Russian Federation itself, and further south in Nagorno-Karabakh. The internal security of Georgia is also now uncertain; the current show of national unity may soon dissipate as increasingly critical questions are asked about poor, if not rash, decision-making in Tbilisi.

This briefing note forms part of the series - 'Six Perspectives on the Georgia Conflict'.