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Russia and Georgia: The ways out of the crisis

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Present collection of the articles represents a certain outcome of the two-year development of so-called Istanbul Process, an initiative that was started right after the August war of 2008 with support from the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and aimed at creating a space for facilitated meetings of independent Russian and Georgian experts to discuss various aspects of the current Russia-Georgia crisis and the ways out of it. The meetings are held on neutral soil, in Istanbul, which is why the project is called the Istanbul Process. All the authors of the book belong to the participants of the project meetings. Not all the aspects of Russian-Georgian problem can possibly be comprised within the frame of one book. It is rather a topic for a broad multi-profile research paper, or even a series of papers, not attempted as yet. George Khutsishvili