What are the roots of the Russian-Georgian conflict and what are the implications?

Where: Ocora at Pugh Hall
9/10/08, 7 PM
CLAS professors discuss the impact of the Russia and Gergia conflict on relations with the West.

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Russia, Georgia, and the West: A New Cold War?

Following the brief Russian-Georgian war over South Ossetia, tensions between Russia and the West are at their highest since the collapse of the Soviet Union. What are the roots of the Russian-Georgian conflict and what are the implications? Does this signal the arrival of a new Cold War, as Soviet actions in Eastern Europe spurred the original cold war?

On September 10th, University of Florida experts in European politics and relations will participate in “Russia, Georgia, and the West: A New Cold War”, a panel discussion that will address this question and explore the future of the Caucasus and its impact on the international stage. The panel discussion will be held at 7:00 pm in the Ocora at Pugh Hall, located on Buckman Drive.

Panelists include Paul D'Anieri, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Stephen Craig, Professor and Chair, Political Science; Stuart Finkel, Assistant Professor, History; Bryon Moraski, Associate Professor, Political Science; and Maria Bartlett, Graduate Student, Political Science. The discussion will be moderated by Amie Kreppel, Director, Center for European Studies.

"The potential global and regional impact of the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia extends far beyond their respective borders." Says Kreppel. "Already European Union (EU) leaders have met to discuss the implications of the conflict for Europe's continuing political and economic relationship with Russia and postponed negotiations on a planned Partnership and Co-operation Agreement between the EU and Russia."

"Relations between the USA and Russia have become similarly strained, and while no formal action has been taken, it is clear that the crisis has led to an increase in the importance of foreign policy in the domestic political arena. The conflict has the potential to influence transatlantic relations and international relations more generally well into the future."



Amie Kreppel , (352) 392-0262, kreppel@ces.ufl.edu


Jeff Stevens, 352-846-2032, jstevens@ufl.edu


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