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A little war that shook the world: Georgia, Russia and the future of the west

  • Date(s)
    27 January 2010
  • Time
    08:30 - 09:30
  • Location

Policy Network will welcome Ronald D. Asmus, former US assistant deputy secretary of state, to London on the 27 January to discuss his new book "A little war that shook the world: Georgia, Russia and the future of the west."

Russia's invasion of Georgia in August 2008, following the Georgian government's attack on the break-away province of South Ossetia, served to further de-stabilise an already unstable region. It also triggered a blame game between the two neighbouring countries which continues to this day, not least in view of the inconclusive results of last autumn's EU investigation into the origins of the crisis. A Little War that Shook the World is a fascinating look at the breakdown of relations between Russia and the west, the decay and decline of the western alliance itself, and the fate of eastern Europe in a time of economic crisis.

This interactive debate will offer informed participants a rare opportunity to discuss and challenge the ideas contained in this book, and cast light on one of the most significant and controversial conflicts of the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Speaker: Ronald D.Asmus
Ronald is executive director of the Brussels-based Transatlantic Center and responsible for strategic planning at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is the former deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs during President Clinton's second term.

Praise for "A little war that shook the world":

"Ron Asmus has been an original thinker, diplomat and the go-to expert on Central and Eastern Europe for the more than 20 years that I have known him.  His writing should be required reading for those who care about Europe and its neighborhood, and his account of the August 2008 Russo-Georgia war is one that no one who cares about the region should miss." Madeleine K. Albright

"Required reading if you want to know what really happened behind the scenes in the Russo-Georgian war -- and how the West let Tbilisi down in the face of Russian aggression." Senator John McCain

‚ÄúProvides a very timely, historically clarifying, geopolitically illuminating analysis of the first post-Cold War East-West military conflict --- and does so with unique of  insider's knowledge of what actually did happen.....an important statement and a very good read!". Zbigniew Bzrezinski

If you are interested in attending this event please contact Alex Pretti at apretti@policy-network.net, or alternatively call 020 7340 2202.

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