The objective of the present article is to define the factors that may catalyze the intrastate ethnic conflicts. Based on the analysis of Georgia’s four ethnic minorities – Abkhazians, South Ossetians, Armenians and Azeris –that are under similar political conditions but show different behavior, the study concludes that the only two common factors salient for bringing security dilemmas into conflict were the former autonomies of Abkhazians and South Ossetia, and the malevolent interests of a third party. Coupled with strategic location in the outskirts of Georgia and along its borders, these autonomies institutionalized the feeling of ethno-political difference of their ethnic groups from the Georgian titular nation, instilled in the ethnic groups sovereign-like mentality and attracted foreign interventions.
Nalbandov, R. (2010). Living with Security Dilemmas: Triggers of Ethnic Conflicts: The Case of Georgia. Transcience Journal 1(1), 47-62