This chapter explores EU conﬂict management in the case of the two separatist conﬂicts that have plagued Georgia and Georgian-Russian relations for most of the post-Soviet period. The focus on these two cases is justiﬁed in that it offers an excellent case study on the dangers associated with unrecognised statehood left poorly managed in a region of signiﬁcant geostrategic importance. It also illustrates vividly the fundamental premise of this book, namely that in order to explain the effectiveness of EU conﬂict management, we need to look to EU capabilities and the speciﬁc conﬂict context to which they are applied. We proceed in three steps. The chapter begins with a brief background on the two conﬂicts and then provides an overview of EU-Georgia relations from the early 1990s to the aftermath of the Georgia Russia war of August 2008. It then examines the EU’s capabilities and how they were brought to bear in relation to Georgia’s two separatist conﬂicts, and the multilayered context of the two separatist conﬂicts that forms the background against which the EU sought to play a role in managing them. In conclusion, we offer some brief thoughts about the balance of factors that account for the ultimate failure of conﬂict management efforts in this case.
|Title of host publication||The European Union as a global conflict manager|
|Editors||Richard Whitman, Stefan Wolff|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Print)||9780415528559, 9780415528726|
|Publication status||Published - 28 May 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)