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In search of a European identity

September 11, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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US response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia

This will bear close analysis, even with the imminent change of regime in Washington. Running, as it does, to nearly 6,000 words, I don’t have the time just now, but will hopefully return to this on the morrow. For now, … Continue reading

September 3, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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The EU, Russia and Georgia: Round and round in circles

So, where are we after the EU’s summit on the Georgia crisis? Exactly where we were before the summit. A few vague tutting sounds in the general direction of Russia, a bit of hyperbole (Hans-Gert Pottering, who should know better, … Continue reading

August 28, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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What does Russia have to gain?

With the limiting/cutting off of the wealthy European markets for her products that any isolation / “new Cold War” would imply, her economy will end up even more screwed than it is already, further isolating the government from the people. … Continue reading

August 27, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Russia: The urban myth foreign policy approach

It seems that Russia’s new post-Cold War strategy is based on the urban myth that if you’re approached by a group of muggers you should act like a lunatic, as that’ll confuse them and make them go away. How else … Continue reading

August 18, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Georgia, Russia, the EU and future UK foreign policy

Yesterday’s Observer was on really rather good form, with a decent long article amply demonstrating the human cost – easy to forget when trying to work out the wider geopolitical remifications: “They sifted out villagers with Georgian surnames, immediately executing … Continue reading

August 16, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Oil and gas pipelines in the Caucasus

Over the last few days, my post linking the Georgia / Russia dispute over South Ossetia into the politics of energy supply has received a sizable amount of traffic, largely thanks to the funky pipeline maps I dug out. As … Continue reading

August 15, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Strong words from the US, but it’s up to the EU – for now

From the press conference held by Condoleezza Rice this afternoon on the South Ossetia situation: “the way that Russia has brutally pushed this military operation well beyond the bounds of anything that might have related to South Ossetia calls into … Continue reading

August 13, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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The EU’s Caucasion lessons

So, despite the apparent truce following Moscow’s insanely over-the-top response to Georgia’s silly South Ossetian venture, it sounds like Russia’s still “peacekeeping” in Georgian territory. This is otherwise known as “invading a sovereign nation just for the hell of it”. … Continue reading

August 11, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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South Ossetia: Still simmering

So it seems that Georgia just doesn’t know when she’s beat – although quite what the real situation is there nobody seems to know, as there’s so much disinformation around. Who’s at fault here – Russia or Georgia? The answer’s … Continue reading

August 10, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Georgia: Why?

So, now that Georgia seems to have withdrawn from South Ossetia in the face of the overwhelming force of Russia’s displeasure, the question has to be asked: how on earth did they think they were going to be able to … Continue reading

August 9, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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South Ossetia: The bear strikes back

The South Ossetia crisis really is kicking off – is this going to become another Chechnya? Russia’s now apparently launching airstrikes on targets inside Georgia itself (the photo to the left being of Gori, the town where Stalin was born, … Continue reading

August 8, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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South Ossetia’s kicking off: An overview

I was going to write about this yesterday, because in these days of vastly diminished foreign news staff on national newspapers, the fact that a story about the breakaway Georgian wannabe state made the notoriously understaffed Independent yesterday should indicate … Continue reading