Cover Osteuropa 7/2007

In Osteuropa 7/2007

The South Ossetia Conflict
Escalation after the Rose Revolution

Lara Sigwart

Deutsche Fassung


After coming to power in the “Rose Revolution” of 2003, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili announced that he would resolve the conflict in South Ossetia. However, he did not have in mind a new offer for the local rulers. In fact, he wanted to strengthen Georgia’s central government. To that end, he sought backing from the West, in particular the United States. South Ossetia, however, is still supported by Russia. What followed was an escalation of violence.

(Osteuropa 7/2007, pp. 81–90)