A Little War That Shook the World: Georgia, Russia, and the Future of the West

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 19, 2010 - Political Science - 272 pages
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The brief war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 seemed to many like an unexpected shot out of the blue that was gone as quickly as it came. Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Ronald Asmus contends that it was a conflict that was prepared and planned for some time by Moscow, part of a broader strategy to send a message to the United States: that Russia is going to flex its muscle in the twenty-first century. A Little War that Changed the World is a fascinating look at the breakdown of relations between Russia and the West, the decay and decline of the Western Alliance itself, and the fate of Eastern Europe in a time of economic crisis.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Decision
19
From Cold to Hot War in the Caucasus
53
The Kosovo Precedent
87
Diplomatic Shootout in Bucharest
111
Diplomacy Fails
141
The Battle
165
Ceasefire
189
Georgia Russia and the Future of the West
215
A Note on Bibliography and Sources
235
Acknowledgments
249
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Ronald Asmus is executive director of the Brussels-based Transatlantic Center and responsible for Strategic Planning at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is the former deputy assistant secretary of state for European Affairs during President Clinton's second term. He has published numerous essays over the years on US-European relations, including in Foreign Affairs, Survival, the American Interest and Policy Review. He is the author of Opening Nato's Door, a contributor to The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, and others, and is a commentator in both the American and European news media. He lives in Brussels, Belgium.

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