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Preventing a Russian-Georgian Military Confrontation

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Publication Date: March 2006

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ariel Cohen

Topic: Government (Intergovernmental relations)

Keywords: Russia and Eurasia

Type: Brief

Coverage: Russia (Federation) Georgia (Republic)


The pending appeal of Eduard Kokoity, leader of the secessionist territory of South Ossetia, to the Russian Federation's Constitutional Court to allow his territory to join Mother Russia could trigger destabilization in the Caucasus, sparking a Russian-Georgian military confrontation and unpredictable consequences for the region and the world.