For decades, Georgian neoliberals have justified obedience to Washington, relentless pro-market reforms, and soaring inequality in the name of Westernization. But Russia’s war has only revived claims that Georgia needs to bind itself tighter to the West.
Bryan Gigantino is a Tbilisi-based writer on Soviet history and the post-Soviet world. He is cohost of the podcast Reimagining Soviet Georgia.
This morning, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a cease-fire after almost two weeks of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. But like after the last truce in 1994, there can be no enduring peace without a political solution — one that overcomes the violent legacy of the Soviet collapse in the Caucasus.