In this article, Svante Cornell argues that while the humanitarian consequences of the 2008 Russo-Georgian war do not compare with what transpired in Chechnya or Bosnia in the 1990s, the conflict arguably marked the most significant challenge to Europe’s security architecture since the end of the cold war. The author, then, explains some of the most important questions that have arised from this war: Why did this small war in the Caucasus happen, and who started it? What implications will it have for the South Caucasus, for the former Soviet Union more broadly, and for Europe as a whole?
Cornell, S. E. (2008). War in Georgia, jitters all around. Current History,107(711), 307.
This report represents a review of political and security developments in the South Caucasus in the 1990s and early 2000s. The first part addresses political and economic situation in the region and provides regional assessment in terms of human rights, economic development, environment protection, among other topics. The second part focuses on security. It provides insight into existing conflicts and potential areas of instability and crisis. In addition, the report also reviews other security threats, such as transnational crime, Islamic radicalism, etc.
Cornell, S. E. (2002). The South Caucasus: A regional and Conflict Assessment. Cornell Caspian Consulting.
On August 6, 2007, an unidentified aircraft dropped a large air-to-surface missile near a newly upgraded Georgian military radar station, in the vicinity of the South Ossetian conflict zone. The bomb failed to detonate.
This report consists of three major parts. The first section is a narrative chronology of the August 6 incident and the subsequent related developments. The second section constitutes an analysis of the implications of the event and the various reactions to it. The third and final section consists of a series of eleven appendices, consisting of Georgian, Russian and international documents relevant to the incident, including not least the two sets of expert reports from the site as well as the press release of the Russian investigation team.
Cornell, S. E., Smith, D. J., & Starr, S. F. (2007). The August 6 Bombing Incident in Georgia. Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, Washington and Stockholm.
In the summer of 2008, a conflict that appeared to have begun in the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia rapidly escalated to become the most significant crisis in European security in a decade. The implications of the Russian-Georgian war will be understood differently depending on one’s narrative of what transpired and perspective on the broader context. This book is designed to present the facts about the events of August 2008 along with comprehensive coverage of the background to those events. It brings together a wealth of expertise on the South Caucasus and Russian foreign policy, with contributions by Russian, Georgian, European, and American experts on the region.
Cornell, S. E., & Starr, S. F. (Eds.). (2009). The Guns of August 2008. ME Sharpe.
This research paper analyses the achievements and shortcomings of the Rose Revolution era as well as the prospects for the country under the leadership of the Georgian Dream Coalition. Furthermore, it discusses the influence of Russia on Georgia’s development on the path of European integration and democracy-building.
Cornell, S. (2013). Getting Georgia Right. Center for European Studies, Brussels