The Georgian-Russian War of August 2008
Alexander Daushvili (Editor)
Doctor of Historical Sciences, Vice Chairman of the Board of International Centre for Christian Studies, Georgia
Series: Caucasus Region Political, Economic, and Security Issues
The Russian-Georgian War of August 2008 stands out for its socio-political, international, diplomatic, geostrategic, economic and moral-psychological results. Despite the fact that only some years have passed since the end of the war and we all are witnesses and participants of the preparation and of the accomplishment of this dramatic event, there are still many unanswered questions. There are more mysteries in respect of the actions of the main participants of this dramatic event, which dispose historians to study those events thoroughly “hot on the trail”, not to wait for a “historical distance”, and fill up secret documents with logical arguments and noteworthy hypotheses.
The scientific conference, held in Tbilisi in the large hall of The Georgian National Academy of Sciences in the summer of 2014, was aimed precisely to the approbation of the new scholarly ideas on different aspects regarding the preparation and proceedings of the War of August 2008. The conference was attended by representatives of the historical community of Georgia and by the mass media. The reports were made at the conference by professors and scholars from Sukhumi State University, Akhaltsikhe Educational University and Tbilisi Scientific Centre for Historical, Ethnological, Religious Study and Propaganda.
A former Minister of Defense of Georgia, General Giorgi (Gia) Karkarashvili, also sent his report. The present collection of works is simply a publication of an English version of these conference materials to which a critical analysis of the sensational book in Georgia “A Little War that Shook the World”, written by an eminent political-scientist and diplomat, R.D. Asmus, was added. In our opinion, it will help American readers to comprehend the issues more profoundly.
Table of Contents
How the August 2008 War was Prepared
Tragic Zigzags in the Georgian Government’s Domestic Policy Prior to the August 2008 War
Crisis Diplomacy in the August 2008 War
Russian-Georgian War of August 2008 and North Atlantic Alliance
Military-Strategic and Tactical Issues Regarding the Russian-Georgian War of 2008
(Giorgi (Gia) Karkarashvili)
The Georgian-Ossetian Population Living in the Conflict Zone before and after the 2008 War (According to Ethnographic Materials)
The Legend is Still Fresh but Hard to Believe