Sunday, October 22, 2006

Georgia: Dimensions of Insecurity

Georgia has been an insecure and unstable country since regaining independence in 1991. Over the intervening years, it has suffered two bloody and protracted secessionist wars, both of which the central government lost. These produced two zones of unresolved conflict centered on two unrecognized states (Abkhazia and South Ossetia) than together constitute nearly 15 percent of the country’s territory. In these areas, political uncertainty, insecurity, and crime fester, with
a substantial portion of the population living as “internally displaced people.”

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