With the recent codification of the joint forces agreement binding Georgian breakaway region Abkhazia and Russia, observers of the South Caucasus have anxiously anticipated a similar change in Moscow’s relations with South Ossetia. As a prelude to my next article, updating the situation in South Ossetia, here I will examine the strategic importance of Georgia for Russian strategists. Why does Georgia matter?
When reporting on Eurasia, invariably those largely unfamiliar with the Caucasus in particular wonder aloud, why is the Caucasus important? More importantly, given the sheer expense of political capital Moscow spends on ensuring a consistent influence in the South Caucasus and, why is the region important to Russian policy makers?
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