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By Ronald Asmus

The short struggle among Russia and Georgia in August 2008 appeared to many like an unforeseen shot suddenly that was once long gone as fast because it got here. Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of nation Ronald Asmus contends that it used to be a clash that was once ready and deliberate for it slow via Moscow, a part of a broader technique to ship a message to the United States: that Russia goes to flex its muscle in the twenty-first century. a bit struggle that Shook the realm is an interesting examine the breakdown of kin among Russia and the West, the decay and decline of the Western Alliance itself, and the destiny of jap Europe in a time of economic crisis.

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Sitting in his chancellery on August 7, Saakashvili realized that he had relaxed Georgia’s guard too soon. He was now in a quandary, confronting a decision he both feared yet had anticipated he might face one day. The conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia were a Damocles’ sword hanging above his head. While many well-meaning advisors and Westerners had suggested he downplay the importance of the frozen conflicts and blame their de facto loss on his predecessors, he believed passionately in Georgia’s territorial integrity and had made the recovery of these separatist provinces a key part of his political manifesto.

He asked. At what point did a sovereign state have to act to defend itself? Every council member in the room agreed that Russia had crossed that red line and that Georgia faced a qualitatively new situation. They all believed Georgia was being invaded in a kind of slow-motion, incremental way. The question was what to do about it. At the end of the meeting, Defense Minister Kezerashvili received a phone call and turned pale. He an- 01 asmus text:Layout 1 32 9/8/09 11:45 AM Page 32 A LITTLE WAR THAT SHOOK THE WORLD nounced to the group that another Georgian peacekeeper had been killed.

He was now in a quandary, confronting a decision he both feared yet had anticipated he might face one day. The conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia were a Damocles’ sword hanging above his head. While many well-meaning advisors and Westerners had suggested he downplay the importance of the frozen conflicts and blame their de facto loss on his predecessors, he believed passionately in Georgia’s territorial integrity and had made the recovery of these separatist provinces a key part of his political manifesto.

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