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The End of the Frozen Cold War?

Author(s): Dr. Vladimer Papava

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 98;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Cold War | Russia | USSR | Europe | US | Chechnya | Georgia

After the Russian incursion into Georgia many analysts ask questions of whether or not the world is standing on the verge of a new Cold War. Almost no one is asking a question of what if the 20th century Cold War was never finished but, rather, was just “frozen” and what we are witnessing now is the process of melting. To the extent that on both sides of the Cold War are the same countries as in the last century, and the reasons and driving forces of the conflict - as well as the Kremlin’s action style - have never changed, one may conclude that what we see now is not a new Cold War but, rather, the resumption of the old Cold War. It is quite probable that the old story may happen again and the West’s softness towards Russia may lead to the “refreezing” of the Cold War and the sacrifice of Georgia for an imaginary peace in Europe and the whole world.
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