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

Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme

Publicly unequivocal in its support for Georgia, the US is privately alarmed by President Mikheil Saakashvili's unpredictability and rashness. This may prompt a re-examination of the risks attached to Georgia's NATO candidature. As for Russia, the US is deeply concerned over the intentions of the regime, and uncertain about the most effective counter policy. The real challenge for the US is how to manage a Russia displaying a dangerous combination of vulnerability and over-confidence.

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