Georgia’s aspirations to join NATO and the European Union is a source of major concern for Russia, as is the United States’ increasing economic and political influence in the country. This report, the second in a three-part series looking at Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, considers why these nation states of the South Caucasus make up a region of great strategic significance.

FOURS years will soon have passed since the brief war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008 when tensions between Moscow and Tbilisi - never far from the surface - flared into an armed conflict triggered by clashes between Georgian troops and South Ossetian separatist forces. The immediate impact on Georgi...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Many in Georgia feel NATO membership would guarantee stability in the region by acting as a counterweight to Russia which they consider a dangerous neighbour
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